Meaningful Memories In Ireland

Krystal York Electrical Engineering Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Spring Break 2017. During the International Perspectives on Aging trip to Ireland, I had many meaningful interactions with older people at nursing homes and community centers. Each interaction brought more knowledge and understanding regarding the aging process. My most memorable conversations with older adults happened…

Changing Outlooks In Ireland

Judith Sahakian Nursing Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer II 2017. From June 28th to July 12th, I studied abroad in Ireland regarding the perspective on aging in the older population.  Not only was this a wonderful educational experience, but it also shaped my character as well. I have found that I am more…

Back To The Mitten

Riley Prentice Major: Nursing International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer I 2017 This trip to Ireland has changed, not only my perspective of aging, but also my perspective on life. It is difficult to put into words how wonderful every moment was. The people that my group and I had the pleasure of meeting were…

Food Glorious Food.

Megan Oliver Pre-Occupational Therapy International Perspectives on Aging, Summer II 2017 In the heart of Kalamazoo we are surrounded by breweries, fast food restaurants and some places for healthier groceries like the Peoples Food Co-Op, Sawall Health Foods and the Kalamazoo Farmers Market (which I am missing at the moment). Going abroad I was nervous…

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…

Coping with Pre-Departure Stress

Megan Oliver Major: Occupational Therapy International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, 2017 Let’s get through some basics, don’t worry I’ll make it brief. My name is Megan Oliver and I’m a plant eating, dog loving, coffee obsessed, 21 year old beach bum/triathlete/WMU student working towards becoming an Occupational Therapist. In a few days, my life is…

Mini Shampoo Bottles, Mini Suitcase, and Mini Me Off on a BIG Adventure!

Riley Prentice Major: Nursing International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer I 2017 My name is Riley Prentice, I am a nursing student at Western and I will be traveling to Ireland for my study abroad. When I first heard that there was a study abroad opportunity that went to Ireland I knew immediately that I had…

Photo Contest 2016: Broncos in Action

Congrats to our winners & runners-up for the Broncos in Action section of our 2016 Study Abroad Photo Contest! Cultural Activities Winner: Chris VanMeter, Tübingen Germany    Group Shots: Savannah Dugan, Ireland    Learning Abroad: Jake Tholen, New Zealand    Runner’s up for Broncos in Action:                  …

Reflections from Occupational Therapy in Ireland

Lindy Perlos Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging Spring Break 2016 Faculty-Led in Ballyshannon, Belfast, Cashel, & Dublin Ireland Embracing the opportunity to study aging in Ireland played a profound role in altering my perspective of older adults.  Having numerous opportunities to engage with older adults during my time abroad not only…