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…

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…

You Don’t Have To Love It.

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 Going into this trip I thought that I had to be in love with where I was going and what I was doing. But you know what, you don’t you can hate every second of it and kick and scream…

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…

How To Have The Best Time in Germany Without Free Water

McKayla Marcola Major: Business German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term, faculty-led course Now that I am back in the United States I have had some time to reflect on my experience abroad. Starting with what I packed for my month long abroad experience. For the Germany study aboard trip we were only allowed…

So Long, Michigan

Jessica Wetzel Majors: History & Anthropology Cultural Connections in Senegal, Summer I 2017 As I wait for my flight from Miami to Dakar to begin boarding I’m reflecting on my journey so far. There are so many pieces that had to fall into place for this trip to be able to happen. If you asked…

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…

Two Weeks Abroad in Italy

Lauren Kondalski Majors: Marketing & Criminal Justice Paderno del Grappa, Italy “What have I gotten myself into?” My first thought upon my immediate arrival at the Instituto Flilipin. Let me talk about the major differences I have noticed between the Italian lifestyle and the American lifestyle. Bathroom: First of all, there does not necessarily need…

Celebrating Christmas Abroad

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 Every year, at least person says, “It’s not about the presents, it’s about the presence”. As I got older, I would agree more and more with this statement, but I would still except multiple presents. This year, though, I received two presents (one…

December: Month 3 at Doshisha

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 It’s been about three months now, and I’m realizing a year just isn’t as long as I thought it was. When I first got here, I questioned if I would be able to handle being gone for a year, and I wondered why…