Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Too Old for Study Abroad? Not with WMU!

Heather Mauney Youth and Community Development major, Gerontology minor Blogging for International Perspectives of Older Adults in Ireland, Summer II My biggest fear (well, one of them) going into a study abroad program was my age. Unlike my other travel-mates, I am almost 40. How would other students react to having me on the trip?…

“Adventure Is Out There”

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand I am super excited to travel to Thailand. I think the phrase that best describes how I’m feeling at this moment is from a well-known movie UP, “Adventure is out there!”. After attending the pre-departure…

Waking up to Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy You know when you wake up on very important days, such as your birthday, and it is your first thought when you wake up? “It’s my birthday today” you think, with your head still on the pillow and your eyes hardly open. It felt…

Soon to be World Traveler

Jacob Kubiak Major: Global and International studies Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan I have always wanted to travel and see some of the world’s most beautiful places. Growing up, I was not taught much about the world outside the United States of America. Now I have the opportunity to learn about the world from a…

Goodbye and Hello

Hanna Fussman Major: Tourism & Travel Program: Religion and Culture in Japan One thing I never managed to do after my study abroad in Germany was write a final article about it. I could never quite find the words to say goodbye to the place that became a second home. When you study abroad for…

LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNING FLIGHTS

Erika Whithead Major: Communication studies Program:International Perspectives on Interracial Communication in Costa Rica I think we should start this post off with complete honesty, my sleep habits pre-departure are always horrible. Despite my best intentions, I never go to bed on time prior to travel. As a result, here I am, sitting at the airport…

Breaking in My Boots for the Top 5

Madison Hybels Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services Program: Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa Living in America and especially in Kalamazoo with such easy access to two great hospitals, I have never even put a thought into not receiving healthcare if I were to need it. I am looking forward to seeing the different…

A Pique of Interest

Alyssa Posey Major: Global International Studies Program: Studio Art College International, Italy My decision to study abroad has been one of the most exciting yet terrifying things I have ever done. As I often phrase it with friends and family, it was a “big kid move”. This is the first thing that I have done…

The Wait is Finally Over

Kylie Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic I am ecstatic to have the opportunity of attending a study abroad program this summer. Since meeting with Dr. Lancendorfer, before my first year at WMU even began, I knew then that I wanted to attend her Business Dominican Republic study abroad program….

My Mom’s Total 180

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book Arts in Italy So today we take off for Italy! It doesn’t feel quite real yet. I remember when I first asked my mom about taking this trip my sophomore year of college; her answer was “oh my goodness no! There’s too many bad things happening in…