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Home Institution: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Internship Site: YFU International Educational Services

Program: Media and Communication

The 3 Things I've Learned

Sunday, December 18, 2016

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la. It’s almost Christmas and as I’m in New York, I’m more excited for the holidays than I ever have been (maybe I already bought an ugly reindeer sweater, oops). Sadly, this also means that my time in the US is almost over. I left D.C. a couple of days ago with tears welling up, and in a few days, I’m flying back to the (good) old Belgium. In this last blog post *sobbing* I’d like to share with you my biggest takeaways of these last few months.  

10 D.C. Restaurants You Can't Miss

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Food. I realize that this is a theme in my blog that just keeps coming back. So, why not let it pass one more time in one of my last blogs before I leave this awesome city? *crying and sobbing* Keep reading to find out what I thought were the best places to eat in the city. And yes, I am mixing up everything: brunch, lunch, dinner, because one can never have too many food possibilities! Also, I am just listing them in a random order, so number 10 is absolutely not last place on the list.  

Last weekend, I celebrated Thanksgiving, a very American holiday that we don’t have in Belgium. Thanksgiving is about expressing what you’re thankful for with your loved ones. My American roommate, Leslie, had already been very excited about this throughout the whole semester. Jumping around in excitement for two days, I was very happy and thankful to be able to celebrate this amazing holiday with my roommate and her boyfriend, Tyler, who is also in D.C. with TWC this semester.  

Choosing your Professional Track

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Before you arrive at TWC, you’ll choose a professional track to participate in as part of your LEAD Colloquium. Are you stressed because of all the preparations and don’t know which one to choose? Just keep calm and pick the most fun one: Media and Communications!  

This Historic and Unexpected Election

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I do not know a lot about politics, at all actually. However, being in America during election season made me want to follow this process, so I went to every debate watch party I could.  

Discover Philadelphia

Monday, November 07, 2016

While in D.C., you’ll not only have the possibility to explore the capital itself, but also other cities nearby. It’s easy and not so expensive to take the train to Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia or Annapolis. Recently, my boyfriend came to visit me all the way from Belgium, and we discovered the beautiful Philadelphia. It was a combination of New York’s busy, crowded city life among endless skyscrapers and the more relaxed, cozy feeling of D.C. Keep reading for some tips in case you want to visit this amazing city yourself!  

My Real-World Internship Experience

Friday, October 28, 2016

After having spent some time now at my internship, I can say that I really love working there. I think I couldn’t have been any happier with any other internship. I’m interning in the global marketing department at the Youth for Understanding international exchange organization. YFU is a non-profit organization, offering young students the chance to go on a cultural exchange year and gain intercultural understanding. Doesn’t that sound really cool?!  

How to Get Tickets to Adele in D.C.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

First, you should all know that I have been in love with Adele for a couple of years. And by love, I mean really love. I’m not gonna be ashamed of the fact that I used to have a frame of the woman on my desk and took pictures with it. Nor of the fact that pictures of her were all over my room and that I celebrated her birthday by having a girl’s night with another fan in Germany by simultaneously watching her DVD of the Royal Albert Hall concert during her 21 tour.

Dedication to Being The First

Friday, October 14, 2016

On October 8th and 9th, the White House opened their gardens to the public. Everybody was able to enter them for free and experience their lawns, fountains, and vegetable gardens up close. My Belgian friend and I did some pretty crazy things that day to get as close to Obama as possible. Keep reading for an ‘how to be the very first to step foot into Obama’s gardens’-guide.   1. Wake up early.

Learning to Embrace American Culture

Saturday, October 08, 2016

I know I've already discussed the cultural differences between the US and Europe in my previous blogs, but I still keep noticing differences! Below are some guidelines on how to handle and embrace these American habits.   1. Make friendships in restrooms

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