Commuting in Costa Rica

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Since arriving here in Heredia, Costa Rica two major differences that have stood out to me is the restaurant experience and the methods of transportation. Most restaurants have options for both indoor and outdoor seating which I love. It’s definitely not something you come…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

The Protests in Europe

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain All across Europe there have been protests either protesting local government or the European government. I was in Paris a few weeks ago and the protests were out of control. They were protesting the new taxes on petroleum and other taxes. All of the…

The Time I Stumbled Upon a Cult

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 Don’t you hate it when you get all excited to go to church, excited to praise The Lord, and you accidentally end up at a doomsday cult meeting instead? I mean, it happens to the best of us. Even me. During…

La Vida Gitana

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanos The first weekend of October, I attended the fifth Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanas (National Reunion of Gitano/a Students) in a rural town north of Madrid named El Escorial. Nearly 70 teenagers and 40 Fundacion educational support staff attended: in general…

The Best and Worst of Iceland

Hey Y’all, It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been home, and I owe my loyal followers a summary of my trip to Iceland. I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that I saw; so to ensure that I don’t ramble too much, here is an extensive list of my…

My First (And Hopefully Last) Earthquake

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I never thought I’d live an earthquake, ever. It was Friday afternoon and I was sitting in the dining room with two other people when suddenly we all felt dizzy. Everything spun. One of them asked “Is that an earthquake?!…

Dealing With Real Life Issues

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Florence Italy, Spring 2018    When you go off to study abroad, you get an idea that your experience will be a break from your real life—that living in another country will be somehow easier or that problems you have to deal with as a burgeoning adult won’t…

Still Things To Learn

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Morelia, Mexico is where I am doing my Study Abroad at and where my parents are from, and yet there are still things to learn. Money, for example is valued in pesos. Currently, every US dollar is worth 17.5 Pesos….

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…

The Many Differences In Senegal

Daniel Tennant Economics and Geography Majors Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led) (Dakar)  program, Summer I 2017 Dakar was dramatically different than every other environment that I had previously been to in almost every way possible. I had been to Arizona a few different times and spent time in the…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…