To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 The day started at the crack of 9:30 with excitement about the day’s excitement for a trip with friends to Lake Biwa. To be honest I had no idea what people wanted to do with going to the lake, I didn’t even really know…

A Truly Humbling Experience

Kylie Adams Criminal Justice and Psychology Double Major University of Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2017 In March 2017 I left for my semester-long study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.  Prior to my departure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had done a fair amount of research to familiarize…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

There’s No Place Like Home

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been back in the United States for almost a month now. Studying abroad in Spain was an amazing experience, both at an academic and personal level. However, it has been a relief to be back in my element to decompress before the winter semester…

Shukransgiving & Sahara Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco “Why do you take the covers off?” my host mom’s friend asked, giggling. I was hunched over a pile of potatoes and scraping at the skin with a dull knife. My roommate and I were making mashed potatoes for…

Relaxing in Kochi – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 9

Samantha Nolan Integrated Supply Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 Our first full day in Cochin! We had breakfast at the Marriott and although I love the Indian food, we were all very excited to see they had pancakes, waffles and omelettes. Kochi, another name for Cochin, is more of a…

Powered by the Sun: Airports and Crops – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 7

Nirvana Houston Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Social Justice and Sustainability in India, Fall 2017 Today we said goodbye to the lovely Christ University. As we walked to breakfast, I took in all the beautiful scenery for one last time. Being able to watch the students practice their chants and dances is an experience I will…

Life Changing Realizations in Scotland

Lydia Wood Art History Major The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fall 2016 I completed a fall semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland where I took classes pertaining to my major in art history and my minor in public history. The classes were taught in a seminar style with group projects, discussions,…

Learning New Cultures And Experiences In China

Jessica Chin Accountancy Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I am a Chinese American student attending Western. I have visited my mothers’ home town in Taiwan but I had never been to mainland China before. I felt as though I was missing a part of my culture and experiences. I sometimes feel as…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

Immersion Of Culture In The Dominican Republic

Sylvia Albeo Exercise Science Major Intercultural Communications and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, spring 2017 This study abroad experience has enhanced my academic pursuits because it has opened my eyes, and has given me a different perspective on living and communication that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t study abroad. To be more specific…