My Daily Routine in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 A typical day for me includes waking up at 7 am and getting ready for school. I am absolutely not an early riser, however my Japanese classes were only offered in the morning. Since I take long to get ready, I tend to skip breakfast and try…

Cutting Costs in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 When I told my family about my plans to study abroad in Japan, one of the first things they asked was how I would afford living in a foreign country for a year. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it: studying abroad is expensive. As a…

Heart Work

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 My grant-stipulated schedule only spans about 18 hours per week – I teach 12 classes, join coordination and planning meetings with the Social Intervention staff, and design and prepare lesson materials. So what do I do with the “rest” of my time? I find…

Guatellamas2019: A Rich and Beautiful Place

Amanda Kuszak Major: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Bright colors, the sound of the marimba, the beauty of the mountains, the richness of the foods, the friendliness of the people… these are a few of the wonders I’ve experienced this week in Guatemala. The beauty of this country is beyond words, though I’ll…

Guatellamas2019: Bring on the Bug Bites

Dana Schrader Major: Occupational Therapy Health & Permaculture in Guatemala The Journey Begins: As a graduate student, sometimes life tends to pile extra layers over the last layer of life. Sometimes, the next thing you know, you’ve planned a study abroad trip over spring break and all of a sudden you realize you’re only a…

What Dancing In Latin America Actually Taught Me

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica You could ask any of my close friends or family to rank themselves, me, and 10 other people they know from the worst to the best dancer. Hands DOWN I would be in 11th place. I’ve been told my dancing is comparable to that…

Free Weekends In Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica One of the many reasons I love Costa Rica is that there are so many beautiful places to explore and experience. The Costa Rica program is a little different from other study abroad programs at Western in that it is run by a…

Enjoy the Little Things

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! So, today marks exactly three weeks that I have been in London. It’s crazy to me that it has already been close to a month but at the same time I feel like I have done so much that it has been way longer….

Thriving in Tokyo

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Recently, I traveled to Tokyo! I stayed in Shibuya, which is the youth and fashion capital of Tokyo. If you’ve ever seen a photo or news story talking about Japanese fashion, chances are it was either taken in Shibuya or Harajuku, which is just a…

Soup, Salad, and other Cultural Pluralism

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Identity and Multiplicity I am daily immersed in Gitano, anglo-Spanish, Venezuelan, and Moroccan cultural settings and social dynamics, so I’ve had no shortage of inspiration for reflecting on culture! We know that culture is a shared understanding and use of symbols: language, social interaction,…

How to Get From Here to There in Havana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018 I’ve got to admit, I’m someone who loves to drive. Whenever I travel, one of the things that I miss the most about home is being able to drive a car whenever I want. Part of it is the freedom that…

A Quick Trip to Kobe

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Being in an intensive language program, I don’t have a lot of down time. On top of all the homework and club activities, we just had our midterms, so much of my free time has been spent sitting at my desk…