Returning From Pura Vida

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic During my time with my host family, I was able to overcome many of my communication barriers. My host family said I became better to understand and have a nice fluent accent. When I arrived, I was still having to use google translate at…

Unpacking the Experience

Tennie Jackson Major: Human Resource Management Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break My communication skills have improved immensely since my study abroad opportunity in the Dominican Republic. I have always been a very articulate person, but I saw myself using mu non-verbal more since there was a language barrier. If I…

One Mile at a Time

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic Hmm, where do I start? Let me just say this was a remarkable experience that will remain with me forever. To be quite honest, I did not expect to learn so much in just a week. From simply sitting on a plane to walking…

The Last Day in Guatemala

Ruth Meyers Major: Social Work Interpersonal Management Health & Premaculture in Guatemala Our final hours in eternal spring – we woke up in Antigua and had breakfast at Cafe Fernando, named after the cat.  It was one more place with wonderful food, friendly people, and beautiful views – in this case the views were in…

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…

Why Half of My Heart Will Always Be in Havana

  Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. I’ve been delaying this post because there are so many things I want to say and explain, but the words have been escaping me. How can I describe a country, an experience, a family, in a way that people who…

Finals in France

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France With finals now out of the way, I’d like to address the differences in education I noticed between the United States and France. The way finals are set up is a lot more official (aka scary) than any test I’ve taken besides like the ACT. Most importantly,…

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…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

The Protests in Europe

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain All across Europe there have been protests either protesting local government or the European government. I was in Paris a few weeks ago and the protests were out of control. They were protesting the new taxes on petroleum and other taxes. All of the…