Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I haven’t been around as long as many of my favorite travel-influencers have been but, after traveling to my 10th country I’ve learned a lot and want to share it with anyone who wants to start traveling internationally for the first time or…

Why Costa Rica?

Lindsay Warriner Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring If there was one thing I knew I had to do before I graduated college, it was to study abroad. You’re telling me I get to live in another country, dive into a new culture, and go on crazy adventures? Who wouldn’t want…

Jet-lag in London

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! Currently, as I am writing this, it is the sixth day I have been in London. The day I arrived was very hectic and exhausting because I only slept about an hour on the seven hour flight. However, after being overwhelmed and over tired…

Don’t Touch My Throne

Maria Carson Major: Japanese and Geography Nihon University, 2019 Before leaving for Japan, I worked at the study abroad office at Western. For the past year I have heard about the W curve that represents the stages of culture shock when a student is abroad. While I believe that my time working at the office…

Finals in France

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France With finals now out of the way, I’d like to address the differences in education I noticed between the United States and France. The way finals are set up is a lot more official (aka scary) than any test I’ve taken besides like the ACT. Most importantly,…

Why Broncos Abroad?

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring My name is Martha Tinker, and I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica during the Spring 2019 semester! I am in my second year at WMU and am a Spanish major and a double minor in International Business and Marketing. I have…

Seven Countries

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Before I even came to Spain, I knew that I wanted to travel around Europe. It is so easy to travel in Europe and often can be pretty cheap. I came here wanting to travel three or four weekends a month, but I realized…

Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…

IndiBroncos2018: Reflections from India

Paula Shay Major: Accountancy Sustainability in India, Fall- Short Term Namaste! On Sunday, December 16th we had the opportunity to visit two very interesting places in the rural areas outside the city of Hubli in the state of Karnataka. The first stop was in the morning to a village school. We rolled into the dusty…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

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…