The Difficulties of Returning Back to the U.S.

Kara VanderKamp Program: Global Ambassadors in Portugal Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Finally, being back home is great, but I also miss Lisbon quite a bit. One thing I do not miss is the language barrier, it was always so awkward to try and figure out how to communicate. My language skills did not really improve…

How to Manage Being Sick While Abroad:

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion and Design Merchandising Program: Semester at Regent’s University in London Hello Broncos! Today is Wednesday, which is a free day for me, meaning I don’t have classes so I usually catch up on homework or explore the city! This week is actually my last week of classes which means Friday at…

Maintaining Relationships Abroad

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello Broncos! I’ve definitely had my moments of missing home and missing my friends and family. Back at home I have a boyfriend who I have been dating for about four years. It has definitely been difficult being away from him but we communicate everyday…

Differences in Food and Education France vs The US

Hannah Vinande Major: French Program: Besancon School and Food, only the essential information here, folks. Two things that I have found to be completely different in France from in the United States is the education system and the food. Only the necessities here, people. Do you want to know the biggest difference between my classes…

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…

Strutting Through Midterms

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London I can’t believe I’m already midway through the semester! My last class is April 12, which seems so soon! I end earlier than the rest of the students because I am a fashion student and we don’t have any final exams, only projects that are…

Top 10 Observations of Lisbon, Portugal

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 1. There are 3 things to smell: cigarette smoke, cologne, and pastries 2. Even if the bus or elevator is full, you can still fit 5 more people 3. The national bird of Portugal is the rooster, but should be a pigeon 4. Every…

The First Month: In and out of the Classroom

Hannah Vinande Major: French Besançon, France – Spring (Faculty-Led) It has been a month since I arrived in France. I can’t believe it, but I also can. Time has been moving slow most of the time, but not that I have a rhythm to my week, things are going smother. Having been a month, I…

Bring on the pastel de nata!

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 I am heading to Lisbon, Portugal for spring break. I will be traveling with a group from WMU called Global Ambassadors, that includes nine other students and one professor. Global Ambassadors is a unique four-year scholarship program that includes three study abroad programs: two…

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….

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…