Spanish is Tough

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II Most people that know me have noticed that I love to talk… especially in class.  The reason for this is because I am usually making a joke that has a pun in it and on rare occasions, I add some of…

A Leap of Faith

Lucy LaVoy Major: Dietetics Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II, 2018 One week away.  I am equally excited and terrified to see what lies ahead.  I suppose this is what everyone feels when they begin to take on a life goal.  In one week I will be on an airplane, heading towards Spain to study…

This Opportunity was Begging me to Accept it

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 The most influential person in my decision to study abroad was my professor for my School and Society class.  One day I was sitting in our class and the first thing my professor said to us that…

Talk about bucket list goals

Morgan Haskins Sophomore: Graphic & Printing Science Book Arts in Italy,  Summer I, 2018   I’ve spent the last few hours preparing for my first ever study abroad trip, and it still doesn’t seem real. I’ve wanted to study abroad basically my whole life, and to be able to study something I’m passionate about while…

Fulfilling My College Goals and Dreams

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 In less than a week, I’ll be boarding a flight to Europe and fulfilling my college goals and dreams… I’ll be studying for a month at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I found the program a few months…

Pre-departure Nerves and Excitement!

Katie Kozlowski Anthropology, Global Studies, and Spanish Major Spanish in Quito, Ecuador They say that when learning a language, you truly have a grasp on what you’re learning when you dream in your new language. I’ve dreamt in Spanish before, but this past week, I’ve had a couple of nightmares in Spanish. They’ve ranged from me…

As Fate Would Have It

Sam McGrath Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2018 I was a late addition to my study abroad program. Which meant if I was going to go, I had to get all of the paperwork and a passport in line fast. I distinctly remember, it was a Thursday…

Geology Across the Big Pond

Shelby Hurst Geosciences: Hydrogeology Major WMU Geology Club in Iceland I have been a part of Geology Club for many years and had the chance to go on two of the annual trips that are planned each year. In 2016 we took sixteen students out to the Pacific Northwest, and in 2017 we took thirteen…

For the Love of Marine Science

Alex Birkman Freshwater Science and Sustainability Major Tropical Biology in Belize, Summer I 2018 I actually learned about the experience of taking a tropical biology class in my BIO 1600 class over a year ago. My professor gave a quick explanation of the things we would be able to do in Belize. From that point…

Take On A New Adventure

Alexis Pierce Human Resource Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 My trip to India, I’m not even sure how to put it into words. I’m still reliving every moment and experience. I honestly was very anxious and nervous for this trip. I have never flown or been this far. I knew…

Experiencing What New Cultures Have To Offer

Matt Faremouth Integrated Supply Management Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2017 Studying abroad helped me grow tremendously personally, academically and professionally. I have never been to Europe before, so going there for an extended period of time was a challenge. Going out of my comfort zone and deciding to go on the trip…