Since returning from my trip to Spain, there is one thing I am sure of: everyone should have a study abroad experience!
I decided to study abroad because I knew the experience would be like nothing I had ever done before. I had traveled out of the country once to Costa Rica while in high school. It was an amazing experience but it only lasted 10 days. This was a chance to actually live in another country for a short period of time. I knew it would have a major impact on me and my views of the world in general.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Costa Rica was an absolutely beautiful country, I enjoyed every second of it. Even though when I first got there I had a few bumps along the way.
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.
It is sad to see so many people across the world dealing with the same scary situation. At the same time, I am glad to see students being supported in their studies, no matter where they are at.
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.