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…

Keeping in Contact While Abroad

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France “But what about my phone?” Before departing for France, I scoured the internet for ways to keep in contact with my family. Every other blog I read told me the best course of action for a semester was to just get a French SIM card and you…

The Dreaded Visa Application

Adriana Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France I had heard sometime during the extensive process that French visas were one of the most demanding. I listened to dreamy tales of other countries with much less intensive requirements as we, a group of ten strangers with similar destinations, sat in an office for hours waiting…

A Home Away From Home

Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco Senior (5th yr) / Aerospace Engineering Spring Semester 2017 (4 months) Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU College Area of Study: French Language On January 19th, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, I boarded a plane in Lansing, MI, the first of three which would…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

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…

You Wont Regret It

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 I’ve had a lot of people ask me how my time was abroad and to describe it them. I find these difficult questions to answer because how do I sum up the new life I found abroad? How could I possibly do it justice in only…

New Perspective

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 My journey back was a very long one, and at the time, I couldn’t wait to return home safe and sound. I took the train from Lyon to Disneyland Paris, the metro from Disneyland Paris to Charles…

France Under A Microscope

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 So, I am required to read this book while I’m here (yes I know, gasp, I have homework!). The book is called Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau.  I’m not going to write you a book report, but the big introductory point of the book…

Bastille Day Is Not Independence Day

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the exciting events of Bastille Day. Bastille Day is the 14th of July and is often compared to the 4th of July in the United States. With this being said, I assumed that Bastille Day…

A Home Away From Home

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I have now been in France for 3 weeks today. My French has improved more than I’d have hoped, I’ve created a ton of new friends, and I am much more accustomed with the city. The last…