How To Get To France In Less Than 48 Hours

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello new readers! My name is Amanda. I am a Biochemistry major and French minor at Western Michigan University. One of my many passions is traveling. But not just traveling to travel, but traveling to learn. I have visited Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, and China. My…

Part One- … Is This Really Happening???

Amanda Kuszak Major: Social Work Tourism Spaces in the United Kingdom Program, Summer II 2017 I knew in February that I would be traveling to Europe that coming July, but it never fully sank in. I was accepted into my study abroad program, Tourism Spaces of the U.K., which is a three week program. During…

Overcoming Pre-Departure Fears: London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 It’s about that time! I am finalizing my studies in Fashion Design and the last thing to do is study abroad. Aside from my avid desire to travel, my major also required students to study abroad. After I switched…

Before I Go

Abimbola Jubril Communication Major Media Ethics in London Program, Summer II 2017 I received an email via my wmich account that my major (communications), was going to have a study abroad trip to London England this summer and I instantly was interested in going. I have been dreaming of going to London for almost a…

New Beginnings in Spain

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 I will be completing my study abroad program in Santander, Spain! I choose this destination because it was the perfect time for me to go on my abroad adventure. I love the beach and summer, so what better way to spend my…

Why I Need To Do This

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 As I write this, I sit next to my suitcase and it’s completely empty. I leave tomorrow and I have thought about packing, but actually doing it is a whole other deal. I sit and wonder what possessed me to do this. I am…

How I Chose Health Care in the Netherlands

Emma Mrofchak Major: Health Education: Community Focus on Healthcare, Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017 The summer after my Sophomore Year of College, I studied abroad in South Africa with Dr. Bensley. This trip changed my life. I saw everything in a new perspective afterwards. The entire trip offered so many moments that completely took my…

Finding “Why”

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program Studying abroad has always been a goal of mine, but at times it has felt more like a distant dream. It was an idea I fantasized about but one that I kept hidden in the back of my mind. I suppose it never seemed like the right…

Coping with Pre-Departure Stress

Megan Oliver Major: Occupational Therapy International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, 2017 Let’s get through some basics, don’t worry I’ll make it brief. My name is Megan Oliver and I’m a plant eating, dog loving, coffee obsessed, 21 year old beach bum/triathlete/WMU student working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist. In a few days, my life is…

Mini Shampoo Bottles, Mini Suitcase, and Mini Me Off on a BIG Adventure!

Riley Prentice Major: Nursing International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer I 2017 My name is Riley Prentice, I am a nursing student at Western and I will be traveling to Ireland for my study abroad. When I first heard that there was a study abroad opportunity that went to Ireland I knew immediately that I had…

10 things that will make you talk yourself out of not studying abroad

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 PSA:  Everything that will scare you about studying abroad really aren’t things that should.   When I first contemplated studying abroad it wasn’t because I wanted to. In all reality, I just had 3 credits I needed filled and didn’t…

The Return Home

Rebecca Shaefer Graphic Design Major Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 While studying in Europe, one major cultural difference to adjust to was a language barrier. The only person in our group who could speak Italian was Jeff, our faculty leader. While a large amount of the population spoke English, not everyone did and not…