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Abroad in Brussels

by Madison C.

This semester abroad has been the best semester of my studies thus far. Despite being a journalist, and therefore a writer by trade, I know what I say in this update won’t properly convey everything this semester has meant to me. So far this semester I have visited two cities in Belgium – Dinant and Ghent – and I have plans to visit at least two more. I have been to London, United Kingdom; Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary; and Barcelona, Spain. I am planning trips to both Berlin, Germany, and Warsaw, Poland. But I have learned the most, by far, during my time living and working in Brussels every day.

Eight students stand huddled outside in front of a large gothic stone building.

This is me (far left, front row) with about half the group of Mizzou students who are also taking part in Brussels, Belgium, internship program this semester. We are in the central historical square of Brussels – it has some of the most beautiful Belgian architecture I’ve seen so far. There are also waffle trucks on just about every corner, which we can almost never say no to!

A close up of a press pass. It is yellow and very small, printed with a student's face on the left and credentials on the right.

My EU Commission press pass is one of the things I still get excited about having, even after all these weeks.

As a reporter at MLex Market Insight in Brussels, I’ve had the opportunity to go into several of the EU institution buildings. I’ve reported on no-deal Brexit preparations, a list of EU blacklisted tax havens and so much more. Every story, and in fact each and every minor task I’ve taken on as an MLex intern, has been an opportunity to learn and grow. In my classes, I’ve also learned a lot about international reporting and Belgian history and culture. Outside of work and classes, living in Brussels every day has offered new experiences. I’ve fallen in love with Brussels, Belgium. Every experience has been exciting and informative from learning the Brussels public transportation system to getting used to the fact that almost nothing is open on Sunday to trying to decide what my favorite restaurant is in the city.

A student stands in front of a large green lawn that surrounds a tall gothic-style white building with a brown roof.

Here I am with my favorite parliamentary building to-date. It’s the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, and I took so many pictures from both the outside and inside. It is an overwhelmingly beautiful building with some important historical significance. Budapest is also my favorite city that I’ve visited in my travels so far.

About the blogger

Madison C. is studying abroad on the Journalism: Brussels Internship program in Brussels, Belgium.

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