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,…

Jet-lag in London

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! Currently, as I am writing this, it is the sixth day I have been in London. The day I arrived was very hectic and exhausting because I only slept about an hour on the seven hour flight. However, after being overwhelmed and over tired…

Finals in France

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France With finals now out of the way, I’d like to address the differences in education I noticed between the United States and France. The way finals are set up is a lot more official (aka scary) than any test I’ve taken besides like the ACT. Most importantly,…

Pre-Departure Thoughts

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hi, my name is Barbara Davidek. I am a junior studying fashion merchandising. I knew I wanted to study abroad all throughout high school. When I first started my freshman year of college I explored my options and realized that within the fashion program, I…

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…

Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…

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 Protests in Europe

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain All across Europe there have been protests either protesting local government or the European government. I was in Paris a few weeks ago and the protests were out of control. They were protesting the new taxes on petroleum and other taxes. All of the…

I Got my Ricolas Though

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 Mental health is important and studying abroad can be very taxing. Studying abroad requires you to live so far away from the places, people and sights that you’re used to. Often this causes a lot of issues with homesickness, anxiety, and stress. Many people…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…