Returning from Senegal

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal Senegal, West Africa was a truly amazing and eye opening experience. Traveling across the world and living in another culture gave me the opportunity to build new connections and gain a better understanding of our world….

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

Thank you Italy

Kayla Battle Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy Thank you Florence For welcoming me With wide open arms At the start of my journey As soon as I arrived I felt right at home In this brand new place Whose streets I’d roam Thank you Cornuda And your beautiful skies Your…

Brainstorming Intaglio Prints

Nicole Wetzel Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy We spent our last week abroad in Venice, where we worked with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. After settling into our apartments and spending some time checking out the city, we met at the studio to begin our project. Our first day was…

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….

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…

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…