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…

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…

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…

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…

How I Made My Way To Thailand

Gerald Pirkola Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I 2017 1. How did you decide the location of your study abroad? What factors played a role in your decision? I decided to go to Thailand for my study abroad because it was part of my major. I am a Supply Chain Management…

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…

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…