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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

So let’s talk about traveling while studying abroad.

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France So let’s talk about travelling while studying abroad. Travel can be split into two general groups: Solo travel Group travel While traveling is a wonderful experience, both solo and group travel have their own positive and negative attributes. You will likely largely prefer one over the other,…

Seven Countries

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Before I even came to Spain, I knew that I wanted to travel around Europe. It is so easy to travel in Europe and often can be pretty cheap. I came here wanting to travel three or four weekends a month, but I realized…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

The Time I Stumbled Upon a Cult

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 Don’t you hate it when you get all excited to go to church, excited to praise The Lord, and you accidentally end up at a doomsday cult meeting instead? I mean, it happens to the best of us. Even me. During…

IndiBroncos 2018 – Day 1: Exhaustion and Adventure

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructor of one of these courses, Timothy Palmer, is writing the introduction blog for their…

A Home Away From Home

Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco Senior (5th yr) / Aerospace Engineering Spring Semester 2017 (4 months) Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU College Area of Study: French Language On January 19th, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, I boarded a plane in Lansing, MI, the first of three which would…