Category: Belgium

Bye Bye, Brussels!

For those of you who have been following my time in Brussels from the beginning, you’ll know what a rollercoaster of a trip I’ve had. Through the high and low moments, this has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve made in my entire college career. I had been full of doubts before I hopped ...

Saying Goodbye to an Internship

My stint with European Network of Cultural Centres was not my first time at an internship and, thus, not my first time leaving one. Though it may sound like a simple task to depart from an internship– just stop showing up!– there are certain things you can do to make sure you stick in the ...

The Joys of Belgian Bureaucracy: De-Registration

Early on in my trip, I clued you into the greatest evil you will face in Belgium: the registration process. The multiple trips, the random paperwork, the endless lines! All for a card that they will take from you when you leave. You need this card to avoid the risk of getting deported (unlikely, but ...

My French, In Review

I made it a goal to improve my French while I was abroad. Despite some hesitation in the beginning, I think I really achieved this. I wanted to reflect on my experience and share what I noticed with those who are deciding to go to a French speaking country for similar reasons.   Vocabulary I ...

How I Got Inspired to Travel

The decision to come on study abroad was not an easy one. My sophomore year, I was the poorest I’d ever been in college and when my French teacher told us about the study abroad program at Science Po, I couldn’t imagine being able to afford going to France. Over the summer, I managed to ...

Brussels, Pre-Departure: The Packing

I scoured the internet high and low for every study abroad packing tip I could find before I left for Brussels then made a Frankenstein personal list with all the tips. If you’re too lazy to do that, though, HerCampus has a pretty solid one. No one can tell you what to pack beyond the ...

Brussels, Pre-Departure: The Visa

The process of getting to Brussels was surprisingly hellish and knowing that I would be blogging the whole time, I thought over the summer that I would dedicate my first Study Abroad Blog posts to tips for the process. Unfortunately, by the time I actually started writing, I had done so many things that I ...

Paris, Je T’aime!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a French immersion student. I’ve been learning the language since I was four years old and have grown up learning about France, especially Paris, without ever having seen it. I missed out on an exchange trip when I was in middle school and have always regretted that. So, ...

Giving Back in Brussels

As I’ve mentioned before, my internship is with European Network of Cultural Centres, where we work as a “network of networks.” I had the opportunity to visit a local cultural centre here in Brussels and volunteer for the day at De Kriekelaar.   Cultural centres in Europe are like community centers in America multiplied by ...

When in Rome!

I recently paid a visit to Rome and spent the weekend eating pasta and pizza! Seeing as my diet back home consists of a rotation of Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, this was definitely a dream come true.   Though I went to Rome in November, I actually bought my tickets WAY in advance. Think, ...