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…

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…

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…

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,…

Leading up to 4 Months Away From Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 This has been the adventure I have been waiting for my entire life. Ireland has always had a special place in my heart. I am part Irish and it plays a somewhat big role in my family. We don’t do a lot…

A Balance Between Worry and Acceptance

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 After being accepted for my program, I scoured the internet searching out for others experiences. Trying to get some sort of grasp of what being away from home and abroad would feel like. I probably watched over fifty videos documenting Americans experiences with Spain…

¡Nos vemos en España!

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Throughout my nine years studying Spanish, one goal stayed persistent with my desire to become fluent in the language: practicing it abroad through a program with my school. What is the point of learning if you can’t embrace the ability to…

A Leap of Faith

Lucy LaVoy Major: Dietetics Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II, 2018 One week away.  I am equally excited and terrified to see what lies ahead.  I suppose this is what everyone feels when they begin to take on a life goal.  In one week I will be on an airplane, heading towards Spain to study…