You Still Gotta Earn It

Justin Black Public Relations Major Kyung Hee University Summer Global Collaborative Program, Summer II 2017 Traveling overseas may seems like it’s such a long shot, especially for minority youth like myself or young people in general. Don’t get me wrong, getting the opportunity to do it doesn’t come very often. It can be expensive and…

New Beginnings in Spain

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 I will be completing my study abroad program in Santander, Spain! I choose this destination because it was the perfect time for me to go on my abroad adventure. I love the beach and summer, so what better way to spend my…

Why I Need To Do This

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 As I write this, I sit next to my suitcase and it’s completely empty. I leave tomorrow and I have thought about packing, but actually doing it is a whole other deal. I sit and wonder what possessed me to do this. I am…

The Greatest Difference Between Class & Study Abroad

Natalie Witham Major: Advertising & Promotion German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I 2017 Education has been the same in the United States for centuries. Even when my great grandparents went to school it was taught the same. We had a pencil and paper with a teacher standing in front of us teaching us about…

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…

How I Chose Health Care in the Netherlands

Emma Mrofchak Major: Health Education: Community Focus on Healthcare, Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017 The summer after my Sophomore Year of College, I studied abroad in South Africa with Dr. Bensley. This trip changed my life. I saw everything in a new perspective afterwards. The entire trip offered so many moments that completely took my…

Finding “Why”

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program Studying abroad has always been a goal of mine, but at times it has felt more like a distant dream. It was an idea I fantasized about but one that I kept hidden in the back of my mind. I suppose it never seemed like the right…

10 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Italy

Sydney Juncaj Major: Textile and Apparel Studies- Merchandising Florence University of the Arts , Summer I 2017 I’ve been having the time of my life in the most breathtaking country in Europe. The food, wine, architecture, and fashion are one of a kind and you must experience this beautiful culture at least once in your lifetime….

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…

10 things that will make you talk yourself out of not studying abroad

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 PSA:  Everything that will scare you about studying abroad really aren’t things that should.   When I first contemplated studying abroad it wasn’t because I wanted to. In all reality, I just had 3 credits I needed filled and didn’t…

The Return Home

Rebecca Shaefer Graphic Design Major Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 While studying in Europe, one major cultural difference to adjust to was a language barrier. The only person in our group who could speak Italian was Jeff, our faculty leader. While a large amount of the population spoke English, not everyone did and not…