How I chose my college and field of study!

Hi everyone! As you may now I am starting college next week and I am currently taking math-classes to prepare for the upcoming year. I can’t believe how fast everything has gone because it feels like yesterday when I first started thinking about college!

Choosing the right college and field of study isn’t easy, there is simply too much to choose from. I personally doubted my choices throughout the entire process of it and it wasn’t until I officially enroled that I felt confident and motivated to make this a great experience.

In my fifth year of high school we had one day where we could work anywhere, and I worked at the Belgian magazine Libelle that day.https___ssl-bin.snmmd.nl_m_nh3oblnjmx4c.jpgIt was that day that I knew I wanted to go into the media world, hence the blog 😉 Immediately after that I started looking for studies that where focused on the media and I fount Media and Entertainment Business at Thomas More. For a long time I was 100% sure that this was what I wanted to do and I still think that it is an amazing study.

When senior year came, I suddenly got overwhelmed with folders from any college that you could possibly imagine. And this is when I started changing my mind because reading all the descriptions of universities made me really excited to go there.

I have NO IDEA how it works in other countries, but in Belgium you can either go to a college where you can get a professional bachelors diploma or you can go to a university where you can get a masters diploma. There is also the option to first get your professional bachelors, then do an extra year to make up for lost times (because there is more focus on theory in universities, while the college focusses on the practical side of things) and then get your master diploma.

I read every single folder that came into the mail, even when I was sure that it was not something I was interested in, and I decided that I really wanted to get a masters diploma.

Ofcourse I could have chosen Media and Entertainment Business to get a professional bachelor and then take an extra year and get a master diploma, but I wanted to see what the options where if I started in a university immediately.

I started by taking everything that I absolutely wasn’t interested in off the list. For me this was med-school, math, physics, law school, and many others. This left me with the economical studies, social studies and studies like architecture. I read everything that I could find about every study and after a lot of reading I bumped into communication studies.

As I said before, I really wanted to get into media, but I somehow forgot about that because there where so many interesting things. But while reading the description to communication studies, I knew right there that this would land on the top of my list. And this is the field of study that I eventually chose!

Why did I choose this? First of all, you can get a masters diploma in media studies which is EXACTLY what I wanted. I then started searching for the classes that I was gonna get in the following years. My first year is filled with a variety of classes; statistics, economics, philosophy, law and also politics, social studies and communication studies of course. This means that in your first year you won’t be focusing on one specific work field but just learning a lot about many different things.

6a00d8341c50dd53ef01b8d2a67a24970cThe years after that are filled with media and classes that I am already so excited about. For example: communication management, media ethics, interpersonal communication and so on. My master year is gonna be focused on taking intern ships and really getting into the workfield. I am interested in everything about it and the more I read about it, the better this choice feels!

universiteit-antwerpen1After choosing your field of study (or before that), you have to start picking a college. In Belgium the most popular locations are Gent, Louvain, Brussels and Antwerp. I knew that I wasn’t going to Louvain because it is a real students city and I like the diversity that the others hold. I decided to study in Antwerp for multiple reasons; I know and love the city, it allows me to live at home because I won’t live in a dorm for at least another year and the university itself felt like the right place to be.

I also found it very useful to make tests that show you what fields of study fit the way you describe your talents, interests etc. Be sure to take your time and don’t rush! Go visit all of the colleges you’re interested in and follow your heart ❤

Coming Monday the school year will officially start and I can’t wait to explore everything about college life!

What is your field of study and what college do you go to? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love, M.

London Diary 09/08

The last day…

We spent most of the day in the Imperial War Museum, I like history but my best friend is crazy about it which made it okay to have to wait for her at the end of the expositions haha. We did wish we had more time that day because wow it is enormous and we wanted to see everything. IMG_8709We chose to see the 2nd World War exhibition and the Holocaust exhibition, the museum uses beautiful props and there is a lot of video material and actual objects from these times. In the Holocaust exhibit, the videos showed holocaust survivors who told their story and it was all very emotional and especially shocking.

We ended our trip with a quick visit to the Tower Bridge and here we said goodbye to London.

Before we knew it we were on the train to Brussels and back in our own beds. It was a memorable trip and there are many more to come.  Thank you to my best friend for these amazing four days ❤

Lots of Love, M.

London Diary 08/08

To me the third day was the most successful day of all and you will soon get why.

At 9:45AM we arrived at Buckingham Palace again for the guards change of 11:00AM, and what a morning that was. If you do this, be prepared to be in a constant fight to keep your spot because people will do anything to take a good picture. IMG_8715The frustrations aside it was definitely as good as we hoped but you have to come early. We thought we were early but believe me, it was already very crowded when we got to the palace.

When the Guards Change ended we went to Covent Garden and Neals’ Yard, two beautiful places that are very picture worthy. We had lunch in a little restaurant named Wildwood and walked around all of the little streets in the neighborhood. Elien bought this very cool backpack in a store called Vendula London and I took a picture in front of the Gillian Lynne Theatre where School Of Rock is playing right now.

After that we found a hidden gem, the Free Masons’ Hall. This museum offers free tours and we loved it. The building is wonderful and our tour guide thought us many things about Free Masonry. This building is often used for movies and fashion shows and is filled with the most amazing things.

We tried paying a quick visit to the Harry Potter Shop in St. Pancras Station but we left it after not even 2 minutes.

And now for my favorite part of the trip, the West End Show!!!

I gave you an entire article about my love for musicals already, so you know how excited I was for this. We went to see Wicked, the first musical that I knew from head to toe and my all time favorite.

Currently the roles of Elphaba and Galinda are played by Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans, if you are in London right now you have to go see them because they are the best and besides Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth for sure my favorites. We expected to have seats that were pretty far away from the stage but ended up sitting on the 10th row, meaning very CLOSE to the stage. I was emotional all day and have to say congrats to my best friend for putting up with my fangirling (I even bought a Wicked merch T-Shirt). The show was as magnificent as I always imagined it to be in real life and it made me want to live in London even more, although I don’t think that would be good for my wallet as I would want to see shows every day.

And that was the finish of our second to last day already!

Until tomorrow then!

Lots of Love, M.

London Diary 07/08

Daaaaaaaaaay 2, excuses all the a’s I really like writing about my trips…

Our second day in London started with a long metro drive to Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens. We had an amazing time here and discovered Kew Palace where we spent a lot of time wandering around the house. If you love learning about royal families, do not skip this part of the gardens. Kew Gardens was filled with activities and monuments such as the Bee Hive, where you could communicate just like bees. We would have stayed in the gardens a lot longer if we didn’t had to go somewhere else so be sure to plan a whole day if you’re going there!

We then went to the Sanderson Hotel, near Oxford Street, where we had booked an Afternoon Tea in the theme of Alice in Wonderland. There are many afternoon teas in London but we picked this one because we are both huge Disney fans. The place was beautiful and the tea and snacks where delicious, definitely worth the try!

The rest of the afternoon we filled with walking around London and just admiring the many different sides of it. For dinner we went to Honest Burgers, which funny enough was situated right across Bone Daddies where we ate the night before.img_8693.png

A wonderful day filled with plants, food and laughter!

See you tomorrow!

Lots of Love, M.

 

London Diary 06/08

What I had been looking forward to finally happened, I went on my first trip with my best friend without parents/adult supervision! My friend and I had been planning this trip for so long and for the next 4 days I am going to write out our entire trip day by day for you guys, and for myself as a way to look back on it.

Our day started at 5:45AM, when we woke up. At 7:56AM we took the train from Brussels to London St. Pancras and two hours later our journey began. After making sure our Oyster cards had enough money on them, we went to our hotel to drop of our bags. We stayed in the Ibis Budget Hotel Whitechapel, which I can recommend for anyone that doesn’t want to spend to much money on their hotel, like us. When our bags where put away we left for the city with the underground.

We ended up in St. James Park which leads to Buckingham Palace on one side and the Museum of Cavalry on the other side. In the park we found a monument that was made for the Canadian casualties of the second World War, we both thought it was one of the most beautiful memorials we had ever seen and sat there quite a while to admire the beauty of it and everything around.

We walked to the other side of the park where we almost got ran over by guards, let me tell you they really don’t stray from their path. After a little walk we arrived at the London Eye and Big Ben (which, as you may know, is under construction). Here we ,again, wandered around and took some time to take in the view.

img_8682-e1536262476780.pngIn the afternoon we payed a visit to Denis Severs’ House, a house where every room is situated in a different time period and where it seems like the people who live there are still there. It is supposed too look like the inhabitants just left the room and it is a unique experience! We wen’t there during the Silent Night, this was great because there was no one to distract you from observing the sounds, smells and views of every room so you truly felt like you travelled in time.

Interiors_BoneDaddiesOldSt001.jpgIn the evening we both got pretty hungry and found a place called Bone Daddies where you can get amazing pokebowls, ramen and many others. The location was very nice and we both loved it very much.

We took the bus back to our hotel and got a good night sleep after we planned our next day in London, and about that I will tell you tomorrow.

Lots of Love, M.

M in Scotland

I know that school already started for most people, but I don’t find that a reason to not write my travel posts. I’ve been back in Belgium quite a while now, right now I am sitting alone in a cafe with my laptop and I am ready to throw it back to my wonderful two weeks in Scotland.

I went to Scotland July 2nd to 14th, and what a trip it was. If there is one thing that I can recommend, it is to take the boat from Amsterdam to Newcastle (from the company DFDS). I love being on a boat and the sunset was absolutely amazing. Everything about it was great and if you’re lucky, you may even spot an orca or dolphins, and who doesn’t want to see that? On the boat there was a dinner- and breakfast buffet, a bar, a casino, and many other things.

 

Traveling to Scotland meant lots of long drives and lots of moving around the country. So it’s safe to say that going to Scotland is definitely not your typical chill vacation. My family and I stayed in three different locations throughout the trip and we saw many different cities.

Our first stay was Haggerston Castle, which is located in Northumberland (England).IMG_8651 We stayed here for four days. During our stay we visited Edinburgh, which is by far the most majestic town that I have ever seen and I would love to go back there sometime. To me this was the best thing that we had done on this trip, I loved everything about it and I can stare at the pictures and clips I made that day for hours and hours. So if you ever find yourself near Edinburgh, don’t even dare to not visit it because it is worth all of your time. In Edinburgh just walking around is a fun thing in itself, but besides that you can also visit the National Galleries of Scotland which is filled with the most beautiful paintings, it’s free entrance and a must see while you’re there.

The rest of the day we spent wandering around and I can proudly say that I saw Prince William arriving in a car at the castle of Edinburgh. img_8654.jpgWe ate at the Burgers and Beers Grillhouse for lunch, an American restaurant but amazing food and good service, but I would recommend to choose a restaurant with lots of Scottish specialities to have a full experience!

Nearby Haggerston Castle is Holy Island, with the beautiful town Lindisfarne. Be sure to check the tides before you go there because every year they have to fish several cars out of the water because they weren’t paying attention. The road to Holy Island is flooded for about 10 hours a day but is a unique thing to visit and I loved it. They have a small population of about 60 people and it is very cosy there.

Our next stay was Mains of Taymouth, Kenmore (Scotland). IMG_8655This was a very beautiful holiday park with beautiful lodges and a beautiful environment. From here we went to Aberfeldy and we visited the Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, a whisky distillery/museum which is just as fun for kids as it is for grown ups and is something you have to do when you are in Scotland. In Aberfeldy you can take different walks through the forest with very majestic sceneries to finish up your day there. Here we ate at the Three Lemons restaurant which again offered very good food (and that counts for every place we went to during this trip).

A beautiful town not too far from Kenmore is Inverness, which was just as beautiful as Edinburgh at some points and is great for a short visit as there is not too much to visit but definitely makes for a nice walk. In Inverness, my parents and I ate haggis for the first time, and it was delicious. If you don’t know what haggis is, it are most of the organs of a sheep prepared in the sheeps stomach… As disgusting as it sounds, it is understandable why it is such a popular dish in Scotland and you should definitely try it if you get the chance.

The last place we stayed in was Loch Lomond, here we did a lot of walking around and we only visited one city.IMG_8657 This city was Glasgow, which I have to admit was a bit of a disappointment to me after seeing all the other beautiful towns that Scotland had to offer. One thing I loved in Glasgow was the Riverside Museum, a museum about transport throughout the last centuries. Glasgow did have it’s beautiful sides, but as soon as we accidentally stepped into the non-touristic part of the city we didn’t like it at all. I am not saying that you shouldn’t visit Glasgow but I would have rather visited the other towns a second time. It may just have been  familys fault but for us Glasgow wasn’t the best thing to end our holiday with.IMG_8656

And after that we wen’t back home, to Belgium, by boat. Of course the sunset was amazing again and I wen’t home happy to have seen all the places we visited. This was my first time visiting the UK and I definitely want to go there again, and I did, but that’s a story for a different blog post 🙂

WARNING: if you can’t live without your phone, we had awful reception throughout our entire trip which didn’t matter that much but it was definitely inconvenient sometimes!

Lots of Love, M.