Hard To Say Goodbye

Leah Haase Social Work Major International Perspectives on Aging -Spring Break 2017 Sitting in the airport awaiting my flight to Dublin, Ireland, I was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I had never met any of the other people who were in this study abroad course as I am from a different major. Although I didn’t…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

Fasten Seat Belt

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017  The day I left for Spain was like waiting for a bomb to go off. I knew it was going to happen and that it would be fast. My chest felt hollow, save for my heart, whose work I could hear thudding…

WHAT TO PACK FOR A STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER IN THE NETHERLANDS

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 Let me just start off by saying congratulations! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re planning to spend a semester abroad in the Netherlands. Any preconceptions, fears, anxiety, etc. that you may experience is normal. Worry not, though, because I can promise…

Trading Nervousness For Great Challenges And Adventures.

Alex McMahon Sales and Business Marketing Major Universidad Iberoamericana -UNIBE, Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 As I sit here in 5 degree weather with blowing snow, I am reassured that I made the right decision to go to the Dominican Republic for my study abroad.  How can you not want to go to a tropical island…

We Made It! – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 1

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructors of these courses, Jennifer and Timothy, are writing the introduction blog for their programs….

Feeling Prepared

Brienna Haack Pre-Occupational Therapy Major Social Justice and Sustainability Program, Fall 2017. As we prepare to depart to India tomorrow, I am getting very anxious, but in a good way! All of our preparation meetings are completed, we have our things together, and now it’s down to last minute packing, saying good-bye to family and…

Life-Changing Opportunities in India

Nirvana Houston Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Social Justice and Sustainability program, Fall 2017 Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I’ve Traveled many places within the United States, and once internationally to Europe. I found that I really enjoyed being immersed in another culture, and learning the ways of other people. There are so…

My Dream Place!

Adia Robbins Journalism Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 Everyone has that one place they can’t wait to visit. I remember growing up and it was always Paris, France. I even decided to stop taking Spanish in school and switch to French. Let’s just say I wasn’t the best at it and got…

My ‘Aha’ Moments

Korrin Gholston Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 Allow me to begin by stating that learning abroad should be a requirement for any degree curriculum at Western.  The lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve shared with the many people involved with this class far exceeded my expectations. …

How to Blend With Maghrebian Culture via Fashion

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Packing for Morocco as a female was initially not an easy task. I scoured the depths of the Internet for travel blogs about what to wear and the common consensus seemed to be to make sure shoulders and knees…

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…