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Scholarships: 8 Tips for Making Your Gilman Scholarship Essays Stronger – By Kyra Bruce

8 Tips for Making Your Gilman Scholarship Essays Stronger As part of your Gilman Scholarship application, you will write two essays. The first is a statement of purpose where you have the chance to explain why you need the scholarship… Continue Reading →

Scholarships: Making Study Abroad a Reality: The Gilman Scholarship & Advice – by Kyra Bruce

Make Studying Abroad a Reality: The Gilman Scholarship and Some Personal Advice I think I annoyed almost all my friends into reviewing my Gilman Scholarship essays before I finally submitted my application. Like the other 68 percent of Gilman Scholars,… Continue Reading →

Spain: “Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion” by Olivia Esparza

Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion After 6 months living in Spain my favorite part remains the slow paced Andalusian life. Every day I wander the winding cobblestone streets of Seville and watch Spanish life unfold as it has for… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “Post Program: A reflection” by Ellis Thomson

POST PROGRAM: A REFLECTION “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”- Jerzy Gregorek It’s been two weeks since I arrived home to the cozy embrace of the PNW, fifteen days since I was in Europe, and three-hundred and sixty… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “Mid Program: Strupwaffles” by Ellis Thomson

MID PROGRAM: STRUPWAFFLES thomsoe2 on January 18, 2018 The Strupwaffle is the best snack ever to be gifted to mere mortals in my opinion. But then again whole blog is my opinion.. The first Strupwaffle was flown down from Valahala by a chorus of… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “End of Program/WWOOFing in España” by Ellis Thomson

End of Program/WWOOFing in España I left the Hague for the final, and last moment ever in the history of time. It was raining, a slight drizzle agains the window pane…of my train. I am not sure if the true… Continue Reading →

Czech Republic: “Arrival” by: Sarah Zinda

Arrival “Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion (post #2 of TWP) What are your favorite things about your host location thus far? Tell us about the university, academic experience, the classes, student life, and clubs or activities you are involved with? How… Continue Reading →

Spain: Pre-Departure “Heading Back to Spain” by Olivia Esparza

Pre-Departure: Heading Back to Spain Since September I have been studying Spanish for my Spanish major in Seville Spain. After finishing the first semester and going home for Christmas break I’m now preparing to return to Seville for my last… Continue Reading →

Italy: Post Program: “Study Abroad Takeaways & Reflection” by Carissa Loft

Post Program: Study Abroad Takeaways & Post Program Reflection Some of the biggest takeaways from this experience were visiting so many cities in Europe, making new friends, growing as a person, being out of my comfort zone and learning from… Continue Reading →

Czech Republic: “Pre-Departure” by Sarah Zinda

Pre-Departure This posting will be the first of five required for the TWP (discussed in my first posting) through WWU EdAbroad. For a more detailed account of the TWP you can visit https://wp.wwu.edu/westernabroadblogs/travel-writing-program/. “Pre-Departure: What are your goals for your international… Continue Reading →

France: Post Program Reflection: “After France… Now What?” by Brenna Roach

After France… Now What? Winter quarter has officially started at Western, and it has been 17 days since I said goodbye to Lyon. While I’m really excited to be back with my friends, and living the university life again; I’m… Continue Reading →

Italy: End of Program: “Ciao Reggio Emilia” by Carissa Loft

End of Program: Ciao Reggio Emilia, Italy! “Change is the only constant in life” – Unknown It comes to the day that I’m packing up my bags and saying goodbye to the people I call my friends. The people who… Continue Reading →

France: End of Program: “Until Next Time, Grenoble” by Libby Babb

Until Next Time, Grenoble At this time, three days from now, my plane will be landing in Seattle, and I’ll be home. In all honesty, it doesn’t even seem real yet. It’s hard to imagine not waking up in my cozy… Continue Reading →

Germany: End of Program: “Preparing for Re-Entry” by Elizabeth Moorhead

End of Program: Preparing for Re-Entry & Maintaining your International Connections December 16, 2017 moorhee Germanyappreciation, end, Germany, reflection “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” -Winnie the Pooh It’s almost time for me… Continue Reading →

Spain: Post Program Reflection: “The Return” by Alexis Mathews

Mt. Baker in the distance The Return December 15, 2017 It has been some time since I have finished my stay in Madrid. I often think of the city that I called home for a month and reflect on my… Continue Reading →

China: “Reflections of Studying in China” by Matthew Horn

Reflections of Studying in China Published about 20 hours ago by hornm2 Tell us about the university, academic experience, the classes, student life, and clubs or activities you are involved with? How are the locals, are there any differences or… Continue Reading →

Italy: Mid Program: “A Day in The Life, Reggio Emilia” by Carissa Loft

Mid Program “A Day In The Life” Reggio Emilia, Italy A typical day in Reggio Emilia includes going to class and going to my favorite coffee shop/restaurant called Ghirba. It’s near my apartment and I would love to go there by… Continue Reading →

France: End of Program: “Coming to Terms With the End” by Brenna Roach

Coming to Terms With the End We are now 12 days away from the end of my semester abroad, and to sum it up into one phrase, it’s been one crazy journey. My program adviser here in Lyon said the… Continue Reading →

France: Mid Program: “Welcome to the Neighborhood” by Libby Babb

Welcome to the Neighborhood Sitting in my bedroom at my home stay and looking out my window, I’m reminded of home. It’s strange to me that while I’m over 5,000 miles away from Bellingham, in a completely different country, it… Continue Reading →

Germany: Mid Program: “Everyday life, surprises, and advice” by Elizabeth Moorhead

Mid Program: Everyday life, surprises, and advice Living here in Marburg is peaceful, and the living accommodations in the international student dorms are exceptional. My dorm room has twice the space of my shared dorm room back home, and comes… Continue Reading →

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