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…

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 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…

Things to know about Scotland

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 Though I am by no means an expert, here are a few things I learned in my month on the other side of the pond. Do a little research before you leave to find out if you have any…

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…

I Know I’ll be Back

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 It’s a little weird finally being in a place you’ve fantasized about for years. You step off the plane and you’re there. Just eight hours got you to this place you’ve always wanted to go, and it’s all there…

Testimonial: Geography, Environment and China

Chris Coppock Geography and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Major Summer I, 2018 Water Resource Management in China I experienced a faculty-led, two-week study abroad program at a number of locations in China.  The program studies China’s water resource challenges, and although the program has structured lectures in a conference room style setting, most of the…

México, Te Amo y Te Extraño

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I knew this would happen. I was aware that when I returned it would feel as if the time spent in Mexico was a dream. I knew I’d miss everything about it, but I didn’t know it would be for this…

¡Nos vemos en España!

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Throughout my nine years studying Spanish, one goal stayed persistent with my desire to become fluent in the language: practicing it abroad through a program with my school. What is the point of learning if you can’t embrace the ability to…