Quest to London

Kaley Kelly Major/ Minor: Communications/ Global and International studies Program: Media Ethics in London for Western Michigan University Hello fellow students! My name is Kaley, and I will be departing to London here soon to study Media Ethics for two weeks. Many factors came into play when I decided to travel off to London as…

Norway, Here I come!

Kimberly Chong Electronic Business Marketing BI International Summer Programme (Norwegian Business School) This summer, I will be studying Intercultural Management – A Scandinavian Perspective at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. I’m excited for this upcoming study abroad for primarily two reasons and I will share why. Firstly, I’m excited just to be in…

Cash vs. Card

Kimberly Chong Electronic Business Marketing BI International Summer Programme (Norwegian Business School) Before I arrived in Norway for summer school, I spent three weeks travelling around Europe. I was travelling in the United Kingdom (UK), Scotland, and Sweden. Considering that I will be in different countries who use different currencies, the money situation wasn’t as…

Weekend Adventures

Jacob Kubiak Global and International studies Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Most often on the weekends, my friends and I plan excursions in Jordan to venture out and explore the area. This past weekend, we visited Wadi-Mujib and the Dead Sea. Wadi-Mujib is a canyon with water running through the middle of the canyon. While at…

My Worries are Behind Me!

Joshua Sanchez Film, Video, & Media Studies Media Ethics in London For the seasoned traveling senior, My passport expires in four years, will it still work this July? Will I need everything that I pack? Is the time on my ticket Michigan time or Chicago time? Do I have enough room for souvenirs? What if…

Pre-Departure for London!

Samantha Trim Major: Interpersonal Communication Media Ethics in the U.K. When I told my mom that I wanted to study abroad, I could tell that she was apprehensive — to say the least. Once she saw that the whole program was guided by a professor, she was instantly more comfortable. The itinerary lines out everywhere…

Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Too Old for Study Abroad? Not with WMU!

Heather Mauney Youth and Community Development major, Gerontology minor Blogging for International Perspectives of Older Adults in Ireland, Summer II My biggest fear (well, one of them) going into a study abroad program was my age. Unlike my other travel-mates, I am almost 40. How would other students react to having me on the trip?…

Orange Juice All Day, Every Day

Grace Gettig Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Daito Bunka University Japan, the country where it is almost impossible to have a Vitamin C deficiency. Hey, I like orange juice as much as the next person, but Japan is on a whole different level. You walk into a ramen shop? You got orange…

Returning from Senegal

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal Senegal, West Africa was a truly amazing and eye opening experience. Traveling across the world and living in another culture gave me the opportunity to build new connections and gain a better understanding of our world….

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…