Hard To Say Goodbye

Leah Haase Social Work Major International Perspectives on Aging -Spring Break 2017 Sitting in the airport awaiting my flight to Dublin, Ireland, I was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I had never met any of the other people who were in this study abroad course as I am from a different major. Although I didn’t…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

Fasten Seat Belt

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017  The day I left for Spain was like waiting for a bomb to go off. I knew it was going to happen and that it would be fast. My chest felt hollow, save for my heart, whose work I could hear thudding…

Trading Nervousness For Great Challenges And Adventures.

Alex McMahon Sales and Business Marketing Major Universidad Iberoamericana -UNIBE, Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 As I sit here in 5 degree weather with blowing snow, I am reassured that I made the right decision to go to the Dominican Republic for my study abroad.  How can you not want to go to a tropical island…

Feeling Prepared

Brienna Haack Pre-Occupational Therapy Major Social Justice and Sustainability Program, Fall 2017. As we prepare to depart to India tomorrow, I am getting very anxious, but in a good way! All of our preparation meetings are completed, we have our things together, and now it’s down to last minute packing, saying good-bye to family and…

Life-Changing Opportunities in India

Nirvana Houston Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Social Justice and Sustainability program, Fall 2017 Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I’ve Traveled many places within the United States, and once internationally to Europe. I found that I really enjoyed being immersed in another culture, and learning the ways of other people. There are so…

My Dream Place!

Adia Robbins Journalism Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 Everyone has that one place they can’t wait to visit. I remember growing up and it was always Paris, France. I even decided to stop taking Spanish in school and switch to French. Let’s just say I wasn’t the best at it and got…

My ‘Aha’ Moments

Korrin Gholston Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 Allow me to begin by stating that learning abroad should be a requirement for any degree curriculum at Western.  The lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve shared with the many people involved with this class far exceeded my expectations. …

Ready To Face The Challenges

Jenna Otten Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Travel and Tourism Majors Amazonian Culture and Environment Program, Manaus Brazil, Spring 2017 Travel is probably one of the most romanticized activities in human history. When someone comes home from an adventure, whether abroad or domestic, we expect to hear stories of wonder and an overall amazing experience….

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

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…