The Studying In Study Abroad

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 Before leaving Western for the summer, I sat down with my study abroad coordinator and we discussed some of the things that might be different over in the UK. We touched on how my classes might be set up differently than what…

Food & Culture

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 So far, food has been one of my favourite things about living in Manchester. There’s hundreds of different restaurants to choose from as well as different cuisines. I’ve grown very fond of a local café that’s fairly close to the school, but…

Unique Classroom Experiences While Abroad.

Samantha Driver Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Focus on Healthcare: Summer School Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Utrecht. This experience was life changing and very eye opening, I met so many incredible people and learned a lot from not only…

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

Departure Jitters

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 I’ve always considered myself to be an independent person. Traveling alone has never been an issue for me. I was sent on a flight across the country when I was fifteen to visit family friends, and seeing as I’m now an adult,…

Growing In The Dominican Republic

Heather Fox Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017 This summer, I joined Rebecca Layer OTR/L and several other Occupational therapy students in a trip to the Dominican Republic. This study abroad course was titled, “Global Perspectives in Pediatrics”. During our time in the Dominican Republic we were…

Enjoying Every Moment in South Africa

Maria Jaramillo Biochemistry Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa , Summer I 2017. My experience in South Africa was unbelievable. While I was away, I did my best to live in and enjoy every moment. Whether we were in a classroom, interacting with the local community, or travelling to the different destinations, there…

Forever Thankful

Lyndsie Fuller Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging, Spring 2017. While abroad in Ireland we were given the opportunity to visit a dementia community called Moorehall Lodge. This is one of the most beautiful retirement communities I have ever seen. We were able to sit down and have conversations with the individuals that lived…

Eye Opening Experiences in London

Rachelle Post Organizational Communication Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 During my study abroad trip in London, England—the environment I lived in was much more quiet than a majority of London. I stayed in an apartment located in Marylebone. Marylebone had a village-like feel and was not very busy. Marylebone was very quiet…

My Dominican Republic Journey

Thomas Mahfet Finance Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017. During my stay in the Dominican Republic I had the opportunity to discover and learn a ton from my experiences throughout the study abroad trip. One of which was how much importance was placed on baseball not just for its popularity…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Unexpected Surprises in the Dominican Republic.

Katie Sullivan Occupational Therapy Major  Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017. Before going to the Dominican Republic, I was unsure of what to expect. I had heard from others that the area we were staying in was impoverished, with no running water in the surrounding areas of the orphanage. Even…