Learning to Navigate Public Transit: The Struggles of a Small Town Girl

Eden Vansicklen Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business & Culture in Germany After about two weeks of being in Germany, I have had to use public transportation quite a bit. My program is faculty led, so public transportation is essentially written in the itinerary every day. I come from small town in…

LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNING FLIGHTS

Erika Whithead Major: Communication studies Program:International Perspectives on Interracial Communication in Costa Rica I think we should start this post off with complete honesty, my sleep habits pre-departure are always horrible. Despite my best intentions, I never go to bed on time prior to travel. As a result, here I am, sitting at the airport…

A Changing Mind-Set

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While heading to Thailand, I began to grow concern about the communication barriers I would face. We were told there would be many times that we would be left to fend for ourselves, but leading up to the trip we were…

Nos Vemos

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Thank you to WMU Study Abroad for allowing me to share my Fulbright experience on this blog, and thank you, dear reader! ————————- On my way out Next week is my last day at FSG and the conclusion of my Fulbright grant. This English…

24 Hours: My first full day back in the USA

Mike Powell Major: Management Program: Business & Culture in Thailand It has been 24 hours since my plane arrived in Chicago from Hong Kong (previously Bangkok) and I must say, after two weeks in Thailand, I’m going through some significant adjustments in just 24 hours. The first is Jet Lag, oh the dreaded Jet Lag….

Battle of the Mud Buckets

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While our group was in route to Chicago to board our 15-hour flight to Hong Kong, we had a startling realization that a time delay for our flight meant we would miss the flight to Bangkok, leaving us stranded in Hong…

The Cure for Homesickness

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I go home, I am going to miss the mountains most of all. Every morning, I walk to the university: La Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, which is about 15 minutes away from my host family. Some mornings the mountains are hidden behind…

Temples, Mountains, and Motorcycles Oh My!

Makayla Bennett Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal My experience in Nepal thus far has been extremely informative. Each day I am learning something new regarding the culture. The things that have impacted me the most have been the temples, mountains and means of transportation. When we arrived…

“More Empanadas, Please.”

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have officially been living in Ecuador for two weeks today and I can proudly say I have made many improvements in my Spanish language skills. I am able to confidently order food without ‘surprise ingredients’ and hold brief conversations with people rather than responding…

Togetherness is the key to everything!

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Program: Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica During my time with my host family, I was able to overcome many of my communication barriers. My host family said I became easier to understand and have a nice fluent accent. When I arrived, I was still having to use google…

Being Brown Abroad: Finding “My People” in the Netherlands

Francis Y. Perez Majors: Criminal Justice & English: Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program: Advanced Criminology Netherlands, Spring Break Getting on the plane and finally landing in the Netherlands was the most “scrapbook worthy” moment of my life. My thoughts and feelings were all over the place: “I don’t understand the language, the locals are dressed…

Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Majors: Spanish & Sales and Business Marketing Program: Department of Spanish Program in Heredia,Costa Rica 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…