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If you asked to describe my exchange in one word, I don’t think I would be able to. This experience has been so surreal, and there aren’t enough words to adequately describe my feelings towards the past few months. When I left Canada, I’m not going to lie; I was scared. Scared to be alone for the first time in my life, to meet people, study in a new language and at a level, I had not seen yet.

I am someone who likes to challenge myself and get out of their comfort zone, and I can genuinely say I did. I have become better than I was before; being alone for the first time makes you learn a lot about yourself and what you want in life and others.

Carolina and her friends sitting on a couch

Studying in Brussels has taught me the fantastic opportunities the European market has for upcoming businesses and business professionals. Not just that, but also it taught me how unpredictable life can be and how to adapt to all changes. Belgium is a beautiful, successful and prosperous country with countless learning and professional opportunities. I had the privilege of working alongside many master level students in various projects that helped me develop critical thinking skills from a new perspective, the European perspective. The transition from in-person to online was not smooth, but I am so happy most of my classes had group projects in which regardless of where I was, I was able to still interact and work in a team despite the time difference.

Carolina and Alessia sitting on a boat

Belgium also gave me long life everlasting friends from all over the world: Canada, Spain, Italy, Chile, England, Scotland, and Belgium locals who helped me further understand their culture. Genuinely, this experience has been amazing intellectually and spiritually. I think the best part is looking at all the memories I made, but most importantly, recognizing the Brussels, Belgium will always be my second home.

a big group hug

Carolina is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student studying abroad in Belgium.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in , ,
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