Meaningful Memories In Ireland

Krystal York Electrical Engineering Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Spring Break 2017. During the International Perspectives on Aging trip to Ireland, I had many meaningful interactions with older people at nursing homes and community centers. Each interaction brought more knowledge and understanding regarding the aging process. My most memorable conversations with older adults happened…

Changing Outlooks In Ireland

Judith Sahakian Nursing Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer II 2017. From June 28th to July 12th, I studied abroad in Ireland regarding the perspective on aging in the older population.  Not only was this a wonderful educational experience, but it also shaped my character as well. I have found that I am more…

Why I Skipped Graduation To Study Abroad

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 I know what you’re thinking: “Why would anyone in their right mind want to do that?” While skipping your planned graduation date isn’t actually necessary, you should really consider taking advantage of any opportunity to travel that comes your way. In my…

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,…

Unique Experiences In Europe

Madeline Galer Photography and Intermedia Major Book Arts in Europe, summer I 2017 Our daily life was very different than back in the states. One major difference between life here and life in Europe was how much walking you would do in one day. Cars and taxis weren’t very common in the cities we visited…

The Impact Of Studying Abroad

Cassidy Crouch Spanish and Bio med Majors Universidad de Cantabria, Summer II 2017 Throughout my four years of studying Spanish here I have sat through many student presentations about their study abroad experiences and every single one of them ended by saying that studying abroad changed their life. I finally decided to go abroad during…

Saying Goodbye

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 Absolutely, the communication barriers by the end of the trip were mostly gone! I had really fallen into place with my host family. Our communication was on a high, I could understand them greatly and my Spanish had improved a lot over…

Did I Ever Leave?

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I booked a seat by myself on the plane back to the U.S from Frankfurt, Germany. In our taxi to the airport, my friend and I spoke German with each other because we knew it would be the last time we were…

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Efua Dankwa-Smith Major: Biomedical Sciences Universidad de Cantabria undergrad program, summer II, 2016 While attending the Universidad de Cantabria I took 3 courses: Studies in Hispanic Culture, Spanish Grammar, and Spanish Conversation. I feel like throughout my experience in Santander, the one thing that stuck out to me the most were the cultural differences between…

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…

Spanish Fashion

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 If there is one thing I have learned out of the classroom in Spain, it’s that the Spanish love fashion. In America, especially on a college campus, many girls wear yoga pants and sweatshirts. Americans love some good athleisure clothing. In Spain, every sidewalk…

Things to Do in Chicago When You’re Dead

Max Wellman Major: Creative Writing Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Most study abroad trips begin with a visit to the host country’s consulate office. For Spain, that office was in Chicago, and I needed to secure a visa for two study abroad programs. But, the devil’s in…