Packing for an Entire Year

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I thought that packing for an entire year would be a daunting task. Keeping the weight of my bags in mind, as well as ease of transportation, how was I supposed to pack my life into a few suitcases? I ended…

Deciding to Study Abroad

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break Today I am leaving for Costa Rica to study abroad for 8 days. I have never been to Costa Rica, but have heard a lot of good things. I was going to wait until summer to go on the Amsterdam trip…

Maintaining a Relationship While Abroad

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring The one thing that made me question my decision to study abroad was Ben. I mean that honestly. My boyfriend Ben and I have been together since we met in the beginning of our freshman year at Western. We met through a mutual…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

Aviation Abroad

Arvin Sierra Major: Aviation Management and Operations Aviation in Europe Growing up in a mixed family and from a town known for its mixed demographics, I would say that I am pretty used to embracing different cultures. My folks would save up so that we would go on a big trip at least every other…

Bring on the pastel de nata!

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 I am heading to Lisbon, Portugal for spring break. I will be traveling with a group from WMU called Global Ambassadors, that includes nine other students and one professor. Global Ambassadors is a unique four-year scholarship program that includes three study abroad programs: two…

On Our Way to the DR

Three students from the “Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break” program express how they feel before taking of for their spring break program in the Dominican Republic. Image: Map of the Dominican Republic with flag. (c) Camel Travel   Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic –…

Guatellamas2019: Bring on the Bug Bites

Dana Schrader Major: Occupational Therapy Health & Permaculture in Guatemala The Journey Begins: As a graduate student, sometimes life tends to pile extra layers over the last layer of life. Sometimes, the next thing you know, you’ve planned a study abroad trip over spring break and all of a sudden you realize you’re only a…

Guatellamas2019 Day 1: The First 24 Hours in Guatemala

Kayla James Major: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala So today it’s finally here, I’ve been nervous all day just because I’ve never been out of the country before. I wasn’t sure what to pack or what was too much to bring now that it’s time I just picked what was necessary so I…

Preparing to Intern Abroad

Elizabeth Rife Major: Exercise Science CISAbroad Intern in Australia I have spent days packing for my trip to Australia. I have packed and repacked my bags countless times. Adding things, subtracting things, weighing my bag over and over to make sure that it is under 50 pounds. Let me tell you one thing now… it’s…

A Little Malaysian Persuasion

Keegan Bogdan Major: University Studies Sunway University As my junior year was coming to an end at Western Michigan University, I met with my advisor Kevin so we could plan out my classes for the upcoming school year. As we were wrapping up our appointment, he informed me about the study abroad program Western has…

Why Costa Rica?

Lindsay Warriner Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring If there was one thing I knew I had to do before I graduated college, it was to study abroad. You’re telling me I get to live in another country, dive into a new culture, and go on crazy adventures? Who wouldn’t want…