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…

IndiBroncos Day 5: Gratitude is the Theme

Hilary Johnson Major: Social Work and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   Today marks one week that we have been in India. As you can imagine, it is difficult to put our experience into words. Our days have been filled with song, dance, presentations, tours, introductions, adventures and lots of…

The Roller Coaster called Culture Shock

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Let’s get real about culture shock. It’s inevitable, it happens on every trip, and to everyone. For some reason though, I think it’s easy for me and many others to adopt the mindset of “oh, I’ve traveled a lot so I’ll be…

El Machismo

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. The United States has faced issues with gender equality since the beginning of its existence, and at this very moment we are facing some fairly difficult challenges with women being viewed equally in our society.  However, there are also a lot…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…

Be Here Now

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Transitioning to life in a foreign country without wi-fi to cushion or distract my disorientation was challenging exercise in mindfulness. Without e-mail to check, Facebook to peruse, research to poke through, or indeed, the ability to post to this blog, I was completely available…

iHola, Madrid!

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 iHola, Madrid! Despite my genuine excitement and readiness for this experience, the idea of arriving in a foreign country sans abode certainly kept me up at night over the summer. Indeed, it was perhaps the most stress-inducing reality of preparing to leave. Fulbright advised…

Testimonial: Mijn Tijd in de Nederlands

Alexis Flicek Hogeschool of Utrecht, Spring 2018 Study Abroad Testimonial Intro Hello, my name is Alexis Flicek and this will be a quick testimonial about my time abroad in the Netherlands during the spring semester of 2018. I am currently going into my senior year at WMU, and studying Integrated Supply Management and minoring in…

The Clothes Horse

Alex Salinas Sales and Business Marketing and Spanish Major HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Spring 2018 I was shocked and super happy when I found out that my flat had a washing machine. I didn’t have to go to the laundromat anymore like I had to in Kalamazoo, such a blessing. No more late-night…

Experiencing What New Cultures Have To Offer

Matt Faremouth Integrated Supply Management Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2017 Studying abroad helped me grow tremendously personally, academically and professionally. I have never been to Europe before, so going there for an extended period of time was a challenge. Going out of my comfort zone and deciding to go on the trip…

Just The Beginning

Savanna Everett Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Major Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I, 2017. Thailand is a country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, known for being the Land of Smiles and home to exotic beaches, amazing food and wonderful people. It is also home to unique merchandising and business environment….

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…