Photo Blog From Utrecht

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 Mattie Kirby just went on the Focus on Health Care summer program in Utrecht, Netherlands for two months. This program is geared toward healthcare majors like nursing, occupational therapy, Aging studies, Exercise science, like Mattie, and much more. The courses…

Thankful

Miranda McDowell Major: Health Education: Community Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 I have been back in the United States for a little over a month after my study abroad trip to China to study its education system. We were in China for two weeks where we traveled to Beijing, Shenyang, and Hohhot,…

Advice For Future Study Abroad Students

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 This morning after making my coffee and getting situated outside on the cozy terrace of my apartment (like I do most mornings), I opened my planner to see what needed to be accomplished today. Thumbing through the pages, I finally landed on the month overview. Today…

How To Get To France In Less Than 48 Hours

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello new readers! My name is Amanda. I am a Biochemistry major and French minor at Western Michigan University. One of my many passions is traveling. But not just traveling to travel, but traveling to learn. I have visited Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, and China. My…

What I Discovered Without WiFi

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting in my bedroom in the apartment of my host family.  We live in the center of Lyon in a neighborhood called Place Bellacour.  My commute to university is a short 5 minute walk, and I live one street over from…

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…

The Greatest Difference Between Class & Study Abroad

Natalie Witham Major: Advertising & Promotion German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I 2017 Education has been the same in the United States for centuries. Even when my great grandparents went to school it was taught the same. We had a pencil and paper with a teacher standing in front of us teaching us about…

Reasons To Travel After Your Program

Melina Wilcox Major: Sculpture Minor: Art History Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 When I was planning my six weeks in Europe—the first four of which were  apart of a study aboard program—all I had were idyllic notions of how wonderful and life-changing this journey would be. I would be remiss to say those notions…

10 things that will make you talk yourself out of not studying abroad

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 PSA:  Everything that will scare you about studying abroad really aren’t things that should.   When I first contemplated studying abroad it wasn’t because I wanted to. In all reality, I just had 3 credits I needed filled and didn’t…

The Return Home

Rebecca Shaefer Graphic Design Major Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 While studying in Europe, one major cultural difference to adjust to was a language barrier. The only person in our group who could speak Italian was Jeff, our faculty leader. While a large amount of the population spoke English, not everyone did and not…

Classes, Exercising, Laundry, and Grocery Shopping in Cape Town

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 The love for this country continues to grow everyday and now that I have been in South Africa for three months and I feel very much at home, I take notice to some things that may have been different when I first…

5 Things I Learned While Abroad

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Have confidence in yourself Before I left for Sweden, I was terrified…stepping on that plane in Chicago was the scariest thing I’ve done in a long time. I kept telling myself that I can do this. I can…