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?…

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…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

Halloween was Called What…?

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The celebrations here in Ireland are a little bit more extravagant than back home. Back home people go all out with parties, but there is more history and traditions here that I loved learning about. Traditionally, I always thought that Halloween came from the Mexican celebration…

Soaking In My New Culture

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The locals in Ireland are quite like the locals back home in the states. They eat eggs for breakfast, with some fruit, hash browns, cereal if they want, some brown bread, which that piece we do not have in America, but it is so good. They…

Getting Accustomed To A New Place

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 Alright so starting off from the get-go. I arrived to Ireland on August 31 around 4:30 a.m. It was a long flight, but by the time I walked outside of the airport and realized I would be in this beautiful country…

Leading up to 4 Months Away From Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 This has been the adventure I have been waiting for my entire life. Ireland has always had a special place in my heart. I am part Irish and it plays a somewhat big role in my family. We don’t do a lot…

A Lasting And Deep Impact

Kristie Hsieh Occupational Therapy Graduate Program International Perspectives on Aging- Spring Break, Spring 2017 During the trip to Ireland we visited many different sites that have had a great positive impact in my academics.  One experience that is significant to me is the visit to the smart home.  Seeing the technology being used in the…

Understanding Life In Other Cultures

Samantha Lessard Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging-Spring break, Spring 2017 While in Ireland, we go to experience how the geriatric population is treated by healthcare workers, their families, community and how they view themselves. As a soon to be occupational therapist, it was very informative to see how different geriatrics are treated in…

Hard To Say Goodbye

Leah Haase Social Work Major International Perspectives on Aging -Spring Break 2017 Sitting in the airport awaiting my flight to Dublin, Ireland, I was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I had never met any of the other people who were in this study abroad course as I am from a different major. Although I didn’t…

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…

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…