“I Trust Myself to Handle What Comes”

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 That’s what I have to tell myself everyday. When you have any kind of mental illness, it may be daunting to study abroad to a different country, especially for a whole year. It definitely was for me. I was afraid of…

El Machismo

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. The United States has faced issues with gender equality since the beginning of its existence, and at this very moment we are facing some fairly difficult challenges with women being viewed equally in our society.  However, there are also a lot…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

Be Here Now

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Transitioning to life in a foreign country without wi-fi to cushion or distract my disorientation was challenging exercise in mindfulness. Without e-mail to check, Facebook to peruse, research to poke through, or indeed, the ability to post to this blog, I was completely available…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Despite being Asian, this was the first time that I have ever stepped foot in to an Asian Country. I did not know what to expect. The moment that I stepped out from the airport, my mind was completely blown. My first thought was there’s so many…

Home Sickness

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 As someone who rarely sees their family and doesn’t find himself too attached to anyone, I figured that I would probably not have any problem with studying abroad for a whole semester. WMU’s study abroad department warned us about the…

The Snake and the Firefly

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. In my week and half here, I have learned so much about Cuba. But I have also learned just as much, if not more about the United States, and the relationship between the two. Today, my Cuban friend told me this…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…

200 Hours

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 I have one week until I leave. I’m not worried about navigating the airport, packing my entire life into a suitcase, or the 19 hours of travel. What really scares me is the sheer scale of what I’m doing. My family won’t be an hour’s…

Things to know about Scotland

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 Though I am by no means an expert, here are a few things I learned in my month on the other side of the pond. Do a little research before you leave to find out if you have any…

Where the Wind Blows

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Nobody expects the worst when travelling—we all hope for the best, smoothest and safest journey. However, this did not happen for me. My trip started off as quite the adventure, to say the least. An enjoyable combination of poor weather, missed…

Testimonial: Geography, Environment and China

Chris Coppock Geography and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Major Summer I, 2018 Water Resource Management in China I experienced a faculty-led, two-week study abroad program at a number of locations in China.  The program studies China’s water resource challenges, and although the program has structured lectures in a conference room style setting, most of the…