Helping Me Find Peace

Brianna Brown Anthropology and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos, Spain Fall 2017 Traveling to Spain and a few other places in Europe was extremely transformational. There are things, truths that I learned about the world that helped me find peace within myself. I have been dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Disorder for…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

Fasten Seat Belt

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017¬† The day I left for Spain was like waiting for a bomb to go off. I knew it was going to happen and that it would be fast. My chest felt hollow, save for my heart, whose work I could hear thudding…

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Rachel Anderson Interdisciplinary Health Services and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos program, Fall 2017 At times, pictures simply cannot do justice to demonstrate the beauty of things in life. In the same way, I am certain there is no way to fully explain my experience studying abroad in Burgos, Spain. The buildings, streets, food,…

The Challenges Were Worth It

Sarah Piper Public Relations Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 The challenge in reflecting about a study abroad experience is that the cliches are true. When a student returns home and says that studying abroad is both difficult and worthwhile: they sound like a broken record repeating what every other student has ever said, but…

There’s No Place Like Home

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been back in the United States for almost a month now. Studying abroad in Spain was an amazing experience, both at an academic and personal level. However, it has been a relief to be back in my element to decompress before the winter semester…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

The Impact Of Studying Abroad

Cassidy Crouch Spanish and Bio med Majors Universidad de Cantabria, Summer II 2017 Throughout my four years of studying Spanish here I have sat through many student presentations about their study abroad experiences and every single one of them ended by saying that studying abroad changed their life. I finally decided to go abroad during…

Saying Goodbye

Courtney Bergstrom Majors:¬†Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 Absolutely, the communication barriers by the end of the trip were mostly gone! I had really fallen into place with my host family. Our communication was on a high, I could understand them greatly and my Spanish had improved a lot over…