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.
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.
As I am getting ready to leave for The Netherlands this upcoming Thursday, I am absolutely amazed at how fast time went by. It feels like it was just yesterday that I timidly brought up the topic of study abroad to my family. I've always had the wishes of doing study abroad since freshman year. That was the first time that I learned that you could do Advanced Criminology in the Netherlands. I am a Criminal Justice major, so it caught my eye quick. I've been plotting on this opportunity for a couple years now. My friends told me about this opportunity in class and began to look more into it immediately.