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…

A Tap On The Shoulder From A Stranger

Ellie Heinz Major: Marketing Summer II Global Ambassadors Scholarship Program, 2017  On my plane trip to the Dominican Republic, I was just about to put my headphones in when a young lady sitting in my row tapped my shoulder. She asked “where are you from?”. I was caught off guard so hard that I had…

What I Love About Spain

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The Spaniards have a great style, everyone is always very put together. Unless someone is going to work out, you do not see many people wearing casual work-out clothes or leggings. Even the people who are on the side of the street…

Global Ambassadors Take on the Dominican Republic

The WMU Global Ambassador Scholars spent a week in the Dominican Republic on the pre-freshman “Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic” program with Global and International Studies professor, Dr. Susan Pozo. See what they got into during their 8 days in the DR in their video blog series. Global Ambassador Scholars: Emma Scheller Molly…

Wanderlust

  Turner Slaughter Engineering Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I’ve been told I have been bitten by the travel bug. Ever since my last study abroad trip to Quito, Ecuador, I have been searching for different trips to go on over my breaks. I developed an intense love for travel while in…

Don’t Worry, I’ll Be Back.

Melina Wilcox Major: Sculpture Minor: Art History Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 I arrived home from Europe sooner than I was expecting. When you’re abroad, time moves in strange ways – days feel longer because they’re full and busy with adventures, learning, and absorbing foreign culture. Yet, since you’re unencumbered by routine and…

My Last Wochenende in Germany

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 Five days. Two more in Bonn, three in Frankfurt. That’s all the time left in Germany that I have. I had been waiting so long for this experience and now it’s almost over and I don’t know how to process it. I’m…

Bastille Day Is Not Independence Day

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the exciting events of Bastille Day. Bastille Day is the 14th of July and is often compared to the 4th of July in the United States. With this being said, I assumed that Bastille Day…

While In Thailand

Gerald Pirkola Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I 2017 1.) When you first arrived, how did you exchange your money? Was it successful? What do you wish you would have known about the process? It was a very smooth process when I first exchanged my currency. We had two professors who…

Food Glorious Food.

Megan Oliver Pre-Occupational Therapy International Perspectives on Aging, Summer II 2017 In the heart of Kalamazoo we are surrounded by breweries, fast food restaurants and some places for healthier groceries like the Peoples Food Co-Op, Sawall Health Foods and the Kalamazoo Farmers Market (which I am missing at the moment). Going abroad I was nervous…

Reasons To Travel After Your Program

Melina Wilcox Major: Sculpture Minor: Art History Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 When I was planning my six weeks in Europe—the first four of which were  apart of a study aboard program—all I had were idyllic notions of how wonderful and life-changing this journey would be. I would be remiss to say those notions…