The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Always Find Happiness

Jake Sanderson Marketing Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017 This trip has shown me a lot about the country and a lot about myself. It has truly been beneficial and will continue to be throughout my business professional life. I have learned a large amount of ways that the Dominican…

Real Talk About Culture Shock

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Culture shock is not always very obvious and easy to recognize. Sometimes it is sneaky and seeps into you like a draft. September went by so quickly. Everything was new and unbelievably beautiful. Looking back, I marvel at how…

“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

Gaining Confidence In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Leader Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, fall 2017 On August 20th 2017, I went on a trip to San Pedro in the Dominican Republic that change my life by helping me grow personally, professionally, and academically. This was my first trip out of the country and first…

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…

Why I Skipped Graduation To Study Abroad

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 I know what you’re thinking: “Why would anyone in their right mind want to do that?” While skipping your planned graduation date isn’t actually necessary, you should really consider taking advantage of any opportunity to travel that comes your way. In my…

What To Eat In London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Okay peeps, the transformation is so real! I transitioned into the English lifestyle quite well. There was a mild culture shock in the beginning of the semester but it did not have as serious effect on me as it…

New Perspective

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 My journey back was a very long one, and at the time, I couldn’t wait to return home safe and sound. I took the train from Lyon to Disneyland Paris, the metro from Disneyland Paris to Charles…

A Home Away From Home

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I have now been in France for 3 weeks today. My French has improved more than I’d have hoped, I’ve created a ton of new friends, and I am much more accustomed with the city. The last…

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…