I Got my Ricolas Though

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 Mental health is important and studying abroad can be very taxing. Studying abroad requires you to live so far away from the places, people and sights that you’re used to. Often this causes a lot of issues with homesickness, anxiety, and stress. Many people…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

A Sample of Spanish Cuisine

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 When traveling abroad one of the most exciting things to experience is food. The food of a country can be very telling of its culture and the life of its people. For example, most of the food in Spain is considered tapas. Tapas are…

La Vida Gitana

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanos The first weekend of October, I attended the fifth Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanas (National Reunion of Gitano/a Students) in a rural town north of Madrid named El Escorial. Nearly 70 teenagers and 40 Fundacion educational support staff attended: in general…

The Food Scene in Spain

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Adjusting to life here in Spain was a tad more challenging than I had originally thought. For starters, Spaniards eat breakfast before they start their day, and it is continental in the strictest sense, normally bread with butter or marmalade. A common brekkie staple…

Arriving in Madrid

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Non-WMU Program: Saint Louis University: Madrid, Fall 2018 The Essentials to Starting Off in Madrid 1.  Currency I pre-ordered money from my bank, so I would have euros to get a taxi from the airport to my apartment. This was a great idea as I didn’t have to pay…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

Quit with the English Already

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 When you go abroad to learn a language, it would probably be a good idea to practice that language as much as possible… just an idea. I had often heard from professors, mentors, and the study abroad office about how…

Differences between European and American Society

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Since arriving in Europe, I have noticed many differences between European society and American society. I have experienced a little bit of culture shock since getting to Spain. I have traveled to London, Madrid, Barcelona and Nerja, Spain in the month that I have…

Be Here Now

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Transitioning to life in a foreign country without wi-fi to cushion or distract my disorientation was challenging exercise in mindfulness. Without e-mail to check, Facebook to peruse, research to poke through, or indeed, the ability to post to this blog, I was completely available…

Some Thoughts Before Leaving to Study Abroad

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Saint Louis University Madrid, Fall 2018 How did you decide the location of your study abroad?  What factors played a role  in your decision? The biggest determent of location was the ability to transfer 3000 and 4000 level courses back to Western to count toward a second major. Being a senior, I was very limited in my choices because I had already fulfilled…