Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

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…

Meeting the Genuine People of Jordan

Jacob Kubiak Majors: Global and International Studies and the Arabic language Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Since I departed the United States to study abroad in Jordan, I have met the nicest people in both Dubai and Amman. Not only are the people I have met incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are so genuine…

To All of the places I Have Not Been Yet

Pamela Gudobba Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Ritsumeikan University, Japan As of today, I have 45 days left in Japan until I return home to America. While I can’t wait to see my friends and family again, I still feel like there is so much left for me to do here. One…

Hello Tokyo

Hanna Fussman Major: Tourism & Travel Program: Religion and Culture in Japan   Tokyo stole my heart. I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo. It’s a huge city with tons to offer. There’s skyscrapers towering around you but then a temple or shrine that was built hundreds of years ago in the middle of it…

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…

Just a Tremor

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador “No worries, that was just a tremor,” said my host mom after feeling my fifth one of the day yesterday night around 10 pm. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used for a non-earthquake seismic rubbing, and it feels like a…

Things To Do Near Daito Bunka University

Grace Gettig Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Daito Bunka University When I was preparing to study abroad at Daito Bunka University in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, I had trouble finding any information on the area where the campus is located or what kinds of things there are to do. Well, now that I’ve…

A Post-Voyage: Best Adventures from an Exotic Place

Joseph Thompson Major: Food and CPG Marketing Program: Business & Culture Thailand I don’t even know where to begin. This journey that I had in Thailand was an experience that I will never forget. In the last week of my adventure we went to the Phi Phi Islands and Phucket and much more. Starting with…

“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…

Phi Phi Islands: The Mackinac Island of Thailand

Mike Powell Major: Management Program: Business & Culture in Thailand About 20 miles west of Phuket, Thailand is a small group of islands called Phi Phi. On May 2, 2019 my group was brought to Phi Phi Islands by speed boat. While approaching the island, I noticed there was a big harbor containing many boats…