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…

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…

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…

Coping with Pre-Departure Stress

Megan Oliver Major: Occupational Therapy International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, 2017 Let’s get through some basics, don’t worry I’ll make it brief. My name is Megan Oliver and I’m a plant eating, dog loving, coffee obsessed, 21 year old beach bum/triathlete/WMU student working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist. In a few days, my life is…

Mini Shampoo Bottles, Mini Suitcase, and Mini Me Off on a BIG Adventure!

Riley Prentice Major: Nursing International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer I 2017 My name is Riley Prentice, I am a nursing student at Western and I will be traveling to Ireland for my study abroad. When I first heard that there was a study abroad opportunity that went to Ireland I knew immediately that I had…

BUT FIRST: Let Me Have a Panic Attack

Megan Eiswerth Major: Graphic Design Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 Last summer, my boyfriend as well as some of my friends attended the Book Arts in Europe trip. Seeing all the pictures they took and hearing about their experiences captivated me, inspired me, and made me a little bit jealous! Each of them…

South Africa is Calling

Bre Bolinger Majors: Nursing Exploring Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa Summer I, 2017 Have you ever felt a calling? A passion? Something that pulls on your heartstrings due north just enough to make you want to pursue its direction. Something that beams its promise so radiantly that it becomes impassable. It should be realized…

China… HERE I COME!

Miranda McDowell Major: Health Education: Community Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 It’s hard to believe I am leaving for China in two short days! It feels like the time has flown by in preparation for the trip and I know the time will fly by even faster while I am there. My…

What’s To Worry About…?

Meriah Putnam Major: Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic Summer I, 2017 What is little ole 4’9″ me worried about studying abroad in the Dominican Republic? I think honestly, my two biggest worries are not speaking the language and whether or not my seasonal allergies will be the death of me. For…

All the Reasons to Just Go

McKayla Marcola Major: Business German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term, faculty-led course As a business marketing student with a minor in management, I wanted to go on a study abroad program that would not only give me personal life experience while visiting another country, but would also give me the business experience that I can use when…