So Long, Michigan

Jessica Wetzel Majors: History & Anthropology Cultural Connections in Senegal, Summer I 2017 As I wait for my flight from Miami to Dakar to begin boarding I’m reflecting on my journey so far. There are so many pieces that had to fall into place for this trip to be able to happen. If you asked…

Observations in Germany

Natalie Witham Major: Business German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I 2017 Since I  arrived in Germany, there have been many culture differences. From the food, human gestures, the fashion, restaurant service and even the bathroom experiences. Germany has two foods, bread and sausage. Of course there are other things to eat but I am…

Always Stay Humble and Kind

Meriah Putnam Major: Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic Summer I, 2017 I think the song “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw has the perfect message for everyone, especially when you are traveling abroad to places that are less well off than your own country. Traveling to the Dominican Republic has…

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…

Leaving “Home”

Sydney Foster Business and Spanish Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina It has officially come down to my last two weeks here in Buenos Aires, and it seems like there aren’t enough words to begin to describe the feelings I have. It’s somewhere around excitement for the fact that I get to see all of my friends…

Why You Should Go Your Own Way

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 When you study abroad, it’s not difficult to make friends. You find people who are going on the same journey as you are, and you all dream of the stunning places you can go to together. Belgium, The Netherlands, France… It’s great…

Culture Shock: An Eye Opener

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Culture shock is an interesting concept. Before I went abroad, I assumed that my culture shock would simply be trying to orient myself in a new city, and be aware that I am a long ways from home….

Recollections of Besançon

Kyle Van Krimpen Major: French and Spanish Besançon, France Program Januray 2nd, 2016. I’m looking out into the night air from within the metal bird that has carried me over the sea. The streets of Dublin sprawl out in massive curls of light and activity, a web designed by the weaving hands of eons gone…

Experiencing Culture Shock

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 It’s gone over in our orientation courses about how the first day, week, or even month will be as a honeymoon. After the honeymoon there will be a decrease in interest to do things, a frustration with everything around you that’s different and an intense…

Adventures to Patagonia

Sydney Foster Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier, and El Chalten were some of the most beautiful parts of Argentina I’ve ever seen. We took a long weekend to Patagonia, and although the flight was expensive other aspects of the trip really don’t have to…

Gratitude

Zander Bunner Public Relations Major Veritas University, Costa Rica Spring Semester 2017 Well, it seems that it ends just as quickly as this adventure began. I can all to perfectly remember leaving my family behind at the airport security checkpoint in Detroit’s airport and walking to my gate. At my gate, I took out my…