Some Thoughts Before Leaving to Study Abroad

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Saint Louis University Madrid, Fall 2018 How did you decide the location of your study abroad?  What factors played a role  in your decision? The biggest determent of location was the ability to transfer 3000 and 4000 level courses back to Western to count toward a second major. Being a senior, I was very limited in my choices because I had already fulfilled…

Here’s to Not “No”ing

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018 Gate Attendant: “Are you Ehrig?!” Me: “Yes?” Gate Attendant: “You’d better run! They’re closing the doors NOW!” This is exactly how I boarded my first flight to study abroad. The flight that I thought was 10:40 pm Chicago time was actually 9:40 pm…

How/Why did I Choose my Program?

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 With all of the study abroad programs out there, how did I manage to narrow my choices down to one? A LOT of reading! Man do I hate to glaze over program pages for hours! It was necessary for me…

Studying in the Japanese Countryside

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 はじめまして。グレースと申します。専攻は日本語と国際関係で、五年生です。今学期、日本の大東文化大学に留学しています。 Hello! My name is Grace. I am a 5thyear Japanese and Global & International Studies double major at Western Michigan University (WMU). Currently, I am spending one year studying abroad in Japan. The university I am studying at is Daito…

The Dreaded Visa Application

Adriana Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France I had heard sometime during the extensive process that French visas were one of the most demanding. I listened to dreamy tales of other countries with much less intensive requirements as we, a group of ten strangers with similar destinations, sat in an office for hours waiting…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…

Pre-Departure Jitters

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Ok, so here I am. About to embark on the journey of a lifetime…and I can’t seem to find my winter hat. Not just any winter hat, but my VIXX winter hat. You may ask, “what’s so important about a hat?” and you…

Ready, Set, Go?

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Sitting in the airport, I’m pretty nervous for this trip to start, but extremely excited for what lies ahead. It has been a crazy few days shopping and packing for this long trip. I’ve never been to Europe before, so I might have packed…

200 Hours

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 I have one week until I leave. I’m not worried about navigating the airport, packing my entire life into a suitcase, or the 19 hours of travel. What really scares me is the sheer scale of what I’m doing. My family won’t be an hour’s…

“Cuba….are you serious??”

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University if Havana, Fall 2018. “Cuba….are you serious??” That’s the reaction that I got from almost every person that I told about my plans to study abroad in Cuba this semester (especially my parents). And right about now, as I’m sitting in the airport in Grand…

Why I Chose Kyoto

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I’ve made the decision to study abroad for one year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. While I was going through the list of potential universities, I knew I had a few requirements I wanted my school to meet. First, I…

Preparing to Dive into Spain

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 My flight is today, and I am in an awkward state of pure excitement, fear, and sadness. Studying Spanish abroad has been a dream of mine since I started taking classes in junior high.  As I took more classes and learned about Spanish culture,…