The Best and Worst of Iceland

Hey Y’all, It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been home, and I owe my loyal followers a summary of my trip to Iceland. I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that I saw; so to ensure that I don’t ramble too much, here is an extensive list of my…

I Spoke Too Soon…

Jon Andrews Earth Science Major WMU Geology Club in Iceland Hey y’all, I thought I had peaked on Monday, but Tuesday was in the background just waiting to knock me over and rifle through my pants for spare change. Probably the most famous waterfall in my home state of Michigan, Taquamenon Falls, sends around 6,600 gallons…

Helping Me Find Peace

Brianna Brown Anthropology and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos, Spain Fall 2017 Traveling to Spain and a few other places in Europe was extremely transformational. There are things, truths that I learned about the world that helped me find peace within myself. I have been dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Disorder for…

There’s No Place Like Home

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been back in the United States for almost a month now. Studying abroad in Spain was an amazing experience, both at an academic and personal level. However, it has been a relief to be back in my element to decompress before the winter semester…

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…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

First Day At Dorm (Shortest Day Ever?)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Time is usually not to difficult an object to keep a hold of if you know what you’re doing, but after becoming a time traveler, I am already having an extremely difficult time grasping how many days it is since I left home. The…

Living with a Host Family in Spain

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When thinking about studying abroad to Spain, I was super worried about my future host family. Two months is a long time to be uncomfortable in a random house with random people. I first messaged my host mom three weeks before the program and…

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…

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…

Cheese & Cobblestones

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Hallo again everyone! I do, in fact have updates on cheese and cobblestones; the cheese here may have a tendency to be stronger depending on what kind you get, and the cobblestones will hurt your feet if you are not used to walking down those…