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…

Advice For Future Study Abroad Students

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 This morning after making my coffee and getting situated outside on the cozy terrace of my apartment (like I do most mornings), I opened my planner to see what needed to be accomplished today. Thumbing through the pages, I finally landed on the month overview. Today…

How To Get To France In Less Than 48 Hours

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello new readers! My name is Amanda. I am a Biochemistry major and French minor at Western Michigan University. One of my many passions is traveling. But not just traveling to travel, but traveling to learn. I have visited Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, and China. My…

You Can’t Get By with Franglais Here

Teresa Turner Film, Video, & Media Studies Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I open my eyes from a very short nap on a 9 hour flight to see the beautiful French country side far below me. The people sitting near me on the plane probably thought I was crazy when they saw the…

What I Discovered Without WiFi

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting in my bedroom in the apartment of my host family.  We live in the center of Lyon in a neighborhood called Place Bellacour.  My commute to university is a short 5 minute walk, and I live one street over from…

Reasons To Travel After Your Program

Melina Wilcox Major: Sculpture Minor: Art History Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 When I was planning my six weeks in Europe—the first four of which were  apart of a study aboard program—all I had were idyllic notions of how wonderful and life-changing this journey would be. I would be remiss to say those notions…

You Are So Lucky

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I remember about 8 months ago talking with my adviser about my plans for graduation and what classes I still needed to complete. It seemed a bit overwhelming, when she told me the numerous options. Then she…