Packing for an Entire Year

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I thought that packing for an entire year would be a daunting task. Keeping the weight of my bags in mind, as well as ease of transportation, how was I supposed to pack my life into a few suitcases? I ended…

Knowledge, Growth, and Perspectives

Amanda Kuszak Major Work: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break The beauty of Guatemala had been surreal, to say the least. Geographically the country is breathtaking and culturally it is friendly and generous. I had been taken back by the warm welcome our group received in each city we visited. Every person…

Guatellamas2019: A Rich and Beautiful Place

Amanda Kuszak Major: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Bright colors, the sound of the marimba, the beauty of the mountains, the richness of the foods, the friendliness of the people… these are a few of the wonders I’ve experienced this week in Guatemala. The beauty of this country is beyond words, though I’ll…

Thriving in Tokyo

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Recently, I traveled to Tokyo! I stayed in Shibuya, which is the youth and fashion capital of Tokyo. If you’ve ever seen a photo or news story talking about Japanese fashion, chances are it was either taken in Shibuya or Harajuku, which is just a…

Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I haven’t been around as long as many of my favorite travel-influencers have been but, after traveling to my 10th country I’ve learned a lot and want to share it with anyone who wants to start traveling internationally for the first time or…

Don’t Touch My Throne

Maria Carson Major: Japanese and Geography Nihon University, 2019 Before leaving for Japan, I worked at the study abroad office at Western. For the past year I have heard about the W curve that represents the stages of culture shock when a student is abroad. While I believe that my time working at the office…

Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…

IndiBroncos2018: Reflections from India

Paula Shay Major: Accountancy Sustainability in India, Fall- Short Term Namaste! On Sunday, December 16th we had the opportunity to visit two very interesting places in the rural areas outside the city of Hubli in the state of Karnataka. The first stop was in the morning to a village school. We rolled into the dusty…

Quit with the English Already

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 When you go abroad to learn a language, it would probably be a good idea to practice that language as much as possible… just an idea. I had often heard from professors, mentors, and the study abroad office about how…

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…

Reshaping my World

Adriana Echols Major: Geography Beijing & Lanzhou, China GEOG 5450: Overseas Study on China’s Water Resources Management (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2018 The vision of reshaping the world around us and preserving this magnificent world for future generations inspires and encourages me to learn as much as I can about the earth. Studying in China gave me the…

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…