Preserving History

Lillian Manning Interior Design Major Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence, Summer I 2017 This class was full of site seeing, great foods, and lots of movement. I learned that studying abroad wasn’t just about the final destination, it’s also about the travel experience. I usually don’t fly anywhere on a Friday and this…

Phrases & Linguistics

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 Cheers! The most universal term used in the English language while in Manchester seems to be that simple little phrase. Whether it’s said ‘Cheers’ or ‘Oh, cheers’ it can mean a multitude of things. Sometimes it’s used as a greeting, as a…

The Studying In Study Abroad

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 Before leaving Western for the summer, I sat down with my study abroad coordinator and we discussed some of the things that might be different over in the UK. We touched on how my classes might be set up differently than what…

Food & Culture

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 So far, food has been one of my favourite things about living in Manchester. There’s hundreds of different restaurants to choose from as well as different cuisines. I’ve grown very fond of a local café that’s fairly close to the school, but…

Unique Classroom Experiences While Abroad.

Samantha Driver Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Focus on Healthcare: Summer School Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Utrecht. This experience was life changing and very eye opening, I met so many incredible people and learned a lot from not only…

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

Departure Jitters

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 I’ve always considered myself to be an independent person. Traveling alone has never been an issue for me. I was sent on a flight across the country when I was fifteen to visit family friends, and seeing as I’m now an adult,…

Forever Thankful

Lyndsie Fuller Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging, Spring 2017. While abroad in Ireland we were given the opportunity to visit a dementia community called Moorehall Lodge. This is one of the most beautiful retirement communities I have ever seen. We were able to sit down and have conversations with the individuals that lived…

Eye Opening Experiences in London

Rachelle Post Organizational Communication Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 During my study abroad trip in London, England—the environment I lived in was much more quiet than a majority of London. I stayed in an apartment located in Marylebone. Marylebone had a village-like feel and was not very busy. Marylebone was very quiet…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Learning About Different Histories In Ireland

Maria Carson Undecided Major Colonialism and Terrorism: Case Study, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Summer II 2016. I learned a lot on this study abroad, I was never taught about Ireland’s history and this study abroad really taught me and helped me understand the struggles that have happened in Ireland. There were many unique learning experiences that…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…