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…

How/Why did I Choose my Program?

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 With all of the study abroad programs out there, how did I manage to narrow my choices down to one? A LOT of reading! Man do I hate to glaze over program pages for hours! It was necessary for me…

I am sweaty, I am excited and nervous… but I’m okay

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 iHola, Madrid! Despite my genuine excitement and readiness for this experience, the idea of arriving in a foreign country sans abode certainly kept me up at night over the summer. Indeed, it was perhaps the most stress-inducing reality of preparing to leave. Fulbright advised…

Ready, Set, Go?

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Sitting in the airport, I’m pretty nervous for this trip to start, but extremely excited for what lies ahead. It has been a crazy few days shopping and packing for this long trip. I’ve never been to Europe before, so I might have packed…

Weekends

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II Two months of free time on the weekends in Santander sounds nice… and it was.  However, that sentence is a bit misleading.  Yes, we had tons of free time on the weekends, but sometimes we went on mandatory excursions as a…

Preparing to Dive into Spain

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 My flight is today, and I am in an awkward state of pure excitement, fear, and sadness. Studying Spanish abroad has been a dream of mine since I started taking classes in junior high.  As I took more classes and learned about Spanish culture,…

Fragments of Pre-Departure Reflection

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 The path is made by walking I depart for Madrid in three days. Months of preparation are coming together for this very moment in time, and literally one and a half years of anticipation (since the application process began) are circling brightly in my…

Stepping into beautiful cultures

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Europe provides lenses for the rest of the world to see a rich and deep cultural history no matter where you are at in the continent. Everywhere you step, you step into a new history—ancient walls tell the story of how…

A Balance Between Worry and Acceptance

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 After being accepted for my program, I scoured the internet searching out for others experiences. Trying to get some sort of grasp of what being away from home and abroad would feel like. I probably watched over fifty videos documenting Americans experiences with Spain…

Where the Wind Blows

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Nobody expects the worst when travelling—we all hope for the best, smoothest and safest journey. However, this did not happen for me. My trip started off as quite the adventure, to say the least. An enjoyable combination of poor weather, missed…

Moving to Madrid: T minus 2 weeks

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019                Hola todos! My name is Kelsey Dovico. This August I’ll be headed to Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright grantee for a year of teaching, learning, and cultural exchange. Join me as I explore interculturalism, education, and la vida Madrilena. Take a moment to check…