Too Old for Study Abroad? Not with WMU!

Heather Mauney Youth and Community Development major, Gerontology minor Blogging for International Perspectives of Older Adults in Ireland, Summer II My biggest fear (well, one of them) going into a study abroad program was my age. Unlike my other travel-mates, I am almost 40. How would other students react to having me on the trip?…

“Adventure Is Out There”

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand I am super excited to travel to Thailand. I think the phrase that best describes how I’m feeling at this moment is from a well-known movie UP, “Adventure is out there!”. After attending the pre-departure…

Waking up to Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy You know when you wake up on very important days, such as your birthday, and it is your first thought when you wake up? “It’s my birthday today” you think, with your head still on the pillow and your eyes hardly open. It felt…

LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNING FLIGHTS

Erika Whithead Major: Communication studies Program:International Perspectives on Interracial Communication in Costa Rica I think we should start this post off with complete honesty, my sleep habits pre-departure are always horrible. Despite my best intentions, I never go to bed on time prior to travel. As a result, here I am, sitting at the airport…

My Mom’s Total 180

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book Arts in Italy So today we take off for Italy! It doesn’t feel quite real yet. I remember when I first asked my mom about taking this trip my sophomore year of college; her answer was “oh my goodness no! There’s too many bad things happening in…

Fears, Friends, Fun: Preparing for a Trip of a Lifetime

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand Not being understood is my biggest fear in life. Now, I am traveling to a place where the majority of people will not understand me. Walking through the streets of Bangkok hustling past people who I have never…

¿Te Gusta?

Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I finally made it to the Quito airport, my host father was there waiting for me with open arms, despite the fact that it was 1:00 am. On the ride home, he kept telling me how excited he and his family…

Overcoming Fears: The Worst-Case Scenario

Nicole Wetzel Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy When I was first accepted to the Book Arts in Italy program way back in January, the trip seemed so far away. Now, as I’m sitting on the floor packing my pink polka-dotted suitcase, it hits me—two days from now I’ll be in…

Adjust Your Altitude

Makayla Bennett Majors: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal As my time at Western Michigan University comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my time here. I have loved each and every professor. I have gained experience inside and outside the classroom. In addition to this, I have…

A Subtle Convincing Can Take You A Long Way

Madeline Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan My name is Madeline Burda, and I will be studying abroad in Japan for 90 days during Summer I and Summer II. I am enrolled in a religious faculty led program as well as a language program for summer II. I chose Japan because…

Overcoming My Fears of Traveling Abroad for the First Time!

Joseph Thompson Major: Food and CPG Marketing Business & Culture Thailand Group: 1 Having this as my first time going to another country I am extremely nervous. I am very afraid of doing something wrong that can offend someone or forgetting where I am. My other greatest fear is converting my money into their currency…