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…

IndiBroncos Day 7: Rethink ‘Living the Dream’

Maggie Scannell Major: Management India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018   It is 4 am right now in Bangalore, India. I am wide awake. In the bathroom chilling (because I don’t want to wake my roommate since we don’t have to meet up as a group until 7:30 a.m.). Using the toilet as…

IndiBroncos Day 6: Of Service to the Children

Marcy Richardson Major: Social Work Social Justice in India, Fall 2018 We are coming to the end of our first week in India, and what a week it has been! Two of the places we’ve visited really stand out: Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a school that serves children from the slums, and several orphanages. The school…

IndiBroncos Day 5: Gratitude is the Theme

Hilary Johnson Major: Social Work and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   Today marks one week that we have been in India. As you can imagine, it is difficult to put our experience into words. Our days have been filled with song, dance, presentations, tours, introductions, adventures and lots of…

IndiBroncos Day 4: We All Want a Purpose

Alexandra O’connell Major: Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018 Today, the IndiBroncos 2018, learned about Bosch foundation and Himalaya Health and Wellness company. Christ University partners with Bosch to create a program for high school dropouts and/or people who just graduated and are having difficulty finding a…

The Roller Coaster called Culture Shock

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Let’s get real about culture shock. It’s inevitable, it happens on every trip, and to everyone. For some reason though, I think it’s easy for me and many others to adopt the mindset of “oh, I’ve traveled a lot so I’ll be…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

American Holidays (and Autumn) in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 It’s hard to believe it’s been over 2 months since I arrived in Japan- sometimes it feels like it’s only been a week or so, and sometimes it feels so much longer. I’m all set to experience a traditional Japanese autumn. Autumn is one of…

“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…