Bronco Bloggers Abroad

Kelly posing for a picture during her study abroad experience.

Study Abroad Alumni Feature

Posted by Kelly Tauschek-Hill on

Meet Kelly Tauschek-Hill, a WMU alumni who studied abroad in Rome during Fall 2014 and Ireland during Spring Break 2016. Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2016, majoring in Social Work and minoring in Interdisciplinary Health Services and Gerontology. In 2017, Kelly graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in Trauma Across the Lifespan. Currently, Kelly works as a Mental Health Clinician at Van Buren Intermediate School District. The one word Kelly used to describe her experience studying abroad was “monumental.” These are the questions that Kelly reflected on from her experience abroad...

Raegan posses for the camera during her study abroad experience.

Study Abroad Alumni Feature

Posted by Raegan Baty on

Meet Raegan Baty, a WMU graduate who studied marketing abroad in Italy and economics in the Dominican Republic! After graduating in 2019, with a BBA in Marketing, Raegan accepted a position at Blue Wheel Media as a Search Engine Optimization Specialist. The one word that Raegan used to describe her experience studying abroad was “opportunity.” These are the questions that Raegan reflected on from her experience abroad...

Lauren posing for the camera during her study abroad experience.

Study Abroad Alumni Feature

Posted by Lauren LaLonde on

Meet Lauren LaLonde, a recent WMU graduate who studied Political Science, Spanish, and Environmental Studies during six different semesters abroad! Lauren studied abroad in Ireland during Summer II 2016, Spain during Summer I and II 2017, Costa Rica during Spring break 2018, Cuba during fall 2018, and New Zealand during spring 2019. After graduating in 2020, with a double major in Political Science and Spanish, Lauren accepted a position as a Field Representative at the Progressive Turnout Project. The one word that Lauren used to describe her experience studying abroad was “Inspiring.” These are the questions that Lauren reflected on from her experience abroad...

Group of students at the Moonlight Wildlife Sanctuary.

Studying abroad in Melbourne Australia

Posted by Katelyn Flahive on

Studying abroad in Melbourne Australia was one of the most unique experiences I have had. Although my semester program was cut short to only a month due to Covid-19, I was able to grow a lot both professionally and personally during my time abroad. This was my first time ever traveling alone to a country I have never been to. It took months of planning but I knew that it would be all worth it in the end, and I was right.

Picture of Isaac as well in front of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto.

Studying abroad in Japan prepared me for the future

Posted by Isaac Wittenberg on

Studying abroad in Japan has prepared me in many ways for the future. While learning the Japanese language has prepared me for my future studies in graduate school, I also learned many new life skills that have made me more independent.

Excitement as I Go

Posted by Emily Mox on

I am a biomedical science major at WMU and I am going to Costa Rica! I am very excited for a multitude of reasons. First of all, I am extremely excited to go to another country and experience the culture. I've been to Mexico and Canada, but it was vastly different as they were vacation based in touristy areas with my family. It'll be different to go on a trip to another country with a group of strangers and receive my education. I will be learning about the healthcare in Costa Rica. I am interested in going into the medical field which is what made me to choose this experience. I also chose to go to Costa Rica because my grandma used to live there. She was a missionary in Costa Rica and Ecuador for approximately 10 years.

Clotheslines and Food Finds

Posted by Kate Pawlowski on
Grocery shopping and laundry isn’t completely different from the U.S., however, there was a learning curve when it came to figuring out how to navigate within stores and drying clothes. There are slight differences that seem smaller now but when in the moment they were a bit of a challenge to overcome.When I first arrived in Florence, I expected finding grocery stores not to be as difficult as it was.

Jordan’s Great Grandparents Traveling the World

Posted by Jordan Sternfeld on

My favorite thing to do is travel. One of my first travel memories was going on an “airplane ride” at three years old to visit my great-grandmother in Arizona. We went swimming, saw the mountains, and ate ice cream together. My great-grandmother and I were very close, as she lived until I was 20 years old. Her favorite stories to tell me were about her travel adventures with my great-grandfather. They traveled to 6 of the 7 continents together (she didn’t have interest in Antarctica) and had all of the artwork displayed around their home to prove it. I believe that her travel experiences impacted her cultured and respectful views of all people within society which I admire and try to emulate.