Too Old for Study Abroad? Not with WMU!

Heather Mauney Youth and Community Development major, Gerontology minor Blogging for International Perspectives of Older Adults in Ireland, Summer II My biggest fear (well, one of them) going into a study abroad program was my age. Unlike my other travel-mates, I am almost 40. How would other students react to having me on the trip?…

A Pinnacle Time to Study Abroad

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy “When you live in a country that’s only been formally established for a little over two hundred years, it comes to you as a starking contrast when you visit somewhere like Europe. Europe is western culture similar to our own, but different just…

It’s No Starbucks

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy It feels weird being back home in the states, especially Kalamazoo for that matter. I was just getting used to the hustle and bustle of Venice, that Kalamazoo seems like a ghost town. I’m going to miss the close vicinity of everything. It…

Thank you Italy

Kayla Battle Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy Thank you Florence For welcoming me With wide open arms At the start of my journey As soon as I arrived I felt right at home In this brand new place Whose streets I’d roam Thank you Cornuda And your beautiful skies Your…

Brainstorming Intaglio Prints

Nicole Wetzel Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy We spent our last week abroad in Venice, where we worked with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. After settling into our apartments and spending some time checking out the city, we met at the studio to begin our project. Our first day was…

Mark My Words, I Will Be Back

Kayla Battle Major:Graphic Design Program: the Book of Arts in Italy Week one in my adventure has officially been completed, and I’ve already decided that I never want to leave. Florence has become so much of a home for me this past week, and I am amazed at how comfortable I have become with this…

Waking up to Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy You know when you wake up on very important days, such as your birthday, and it is your first thought when you wake up? “It’s my birthday today” you think, with your head still on the pillow and your eyes hardly open. It felt…

Learning to Navigate Public Transit: The Struggles of a Small Town Girl

Eden Vansicklen Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business & Culture in Germany After about two weeks of being in Germany, I have had to use public transportation quite a bit. My program is faculty led, so public transportation is essentially written in the itinerary every day. I come from small town in…

Creating a Cartoline dall’Italia

Nicole Wetzel Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy We have done SO MUCH in the short time we have been abroad! While the occasional day off has been spent in a museum, most of what we do takes places in the studio. So far, we have been able to work with experts…

A Timeless Country: Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy After 12 days in Italy, it is easy to see how old everything is here. From the streets to the buildings, and all environments in between, you get impressions of all of the people that have ever walked the same steps as you. However,…

A Pique of Interest

Alyssa Posey Major: Global International Studies Program: Studio Art College International, Italy My decision to study abroad has been one of the most exciting yet terrifying things I have ever done. As I often phrase it with friends and family, it was a “big kid move”. This is the first thing that I have done…

My Mom’s Total 180

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book Arts in Italy So today we take off for Italy! It doesn’t feel quite real yet. I remember when I first asked my mom about taking this trip my sophomore year of college; her answer was “oh my goodness no! There’s too many bad things happening in…