First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

5 Things To Stress About Before A Semester In Rabat.

Morgan McCullough Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Non-WMU Program, Rabat Morocco, Fall 2017. The countdown in my phone is telling me that there are only 13 more days until I board a flight from Detroit to Madrid, where I will muster up some confidence and slowly make my way to Rabat. So many…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

Sorry Mom, But I Think I Lost My Passport

Ellie Heinz Major: Marketing Summer II Global Ambassadors Scholarship Program, 2017  Hey there, as a rookie taking on the opportunity of studying abroad for the very first time, let’s just say getting lost isn’t my first fear on the “fear list”. The biggest fear that’s hovering over my head is that of losing my passport. Now that…

Lacking Sleep, Gaining Nostalgia

Olivia Trappen Major: Undecided Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic – Global Ambassadors , Summer II 2017. At around 1am in the night before my departure, I felt a flash of regret for allowing my pre-travel excitement to keep me up this late- a decision that would surely bite me 4 hours later when my…

New And Different Experiences In China

Bionca Stewart Major: Pre-Psychology Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017. When I arrived in Beijing I didn’t think I would have culture shock to anything because I mentally prepped myself for everything. I can say that I did NOT prep myself for everything! The one thing that was not put on my list was…

Things to Do in Chicago When You’re Dead

Max Wellman Major: Creative Writing Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Most study abroad trips begin with a visit to the host country’s consulate office. For Spain, that office was in Chicago, and I needed to secure a visa for two study abroad programs. But, the devil’s in…

My Time In London

Rachelle Post Major: Organizational Communication Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 I cannot believe I leave for London in less than a week—with that being said, it would probably be in my best interest to start packing! As of right now, I am feeling quite overwhelmed and stressed about this trip of a lifetime. It’s…

Wanderlust

  Turner Slaughter Engineering Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I’ve been told I have been bitten by the travel bug. Ever since my last study abroad trip to Quito, Ecuador, I have been searching for different trips to go on over my breaks. I developed an intense love for travel while in…

Pre-Departure What If’s

Kaitlin LaRue Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic-Global Ambassadors Program, Summer II 2017. Although I have travelled before to countries like China, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Mexico, and Canada, and studied abroad already for a whole school year when I was a junior high school, I…

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…

Pre Departure Jitters

Taylor Bird Public Relations Media Ethics in London, summer II 2017 Hello loves, Let me first start off my introducing myself. My name is Taylor, and I am 23 years old. I’m majoring in Public Relations, and minoring in Business. Shortly after I shook President Dunn’s hand at the Summer II commencement, I was off…