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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netflix must sees

This article will be very similar to the former. But this time I’m sure it’s going to be for a bigger audience! Netflix, the site where you, without a doubt, have spend many of your time.

I myself also am a big Netflix user, which is why I will list up some of my favorite series and movies.

Series:

Pretty Little Liars; it’s been a while since the last season aired but if you haven’t seen it yet you definitely should! I have to admit that the first season can be kind of boring but it contains a lot of important information. I know that some people really don’t like this show but I am definitely part of the big fan club!

• Next up, Teen Wolf! Yes I am starting with the basics here and I don’t really watch very original series but this show is great. Honestly it’s been a long time since I’ve watched this and I have no idea where I last ended it but I sure do recommend it.

• Prepare, the next show is also awfully basic but also awfully good! Orange is the New Black (ofcourse). I think ever that you either hate or love this show but I really like it. Don’t ask me why but I still haven’t seen the last three episodes for some reason😂

• The show that I am currently watching is Once Upon A Time, right now I’ve made it to season 4 and ofcourse I’m addicted…

Sherlock is also amazing, every season has only 3 episodes but they’re all one and a half hour long! Don’t hate me but I honestly think Benedict Cumberbatch is the greatest Sherlock ever (sorry Robert Downey Jr.)

• When Friends came out on the Belgian Netflix, almost everyone I knew started watching it immediately. I have stranded at episode 9 months ago because I was watching Full House while the rest of Belgium was watching Friends😬 Full House is honestly one of the greatest shows I’ve ever watched and I wish they had made more seasons back then. Right after finishing Full House I started watching Fuller House which they hopefully will continue!

• I don’t necessarily think the following show is gòòd, but for some reason I keep watching it. Shadowhunters… It’s a lot more similar to the book compared to the movie but the movie was 100 times better.

• “Gossip Girl here! Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite”. Ofcourse this had to be in here, I already know who Gossip Girl is but I only have watched three seasons… What can I say, spoilers don’t bother me…

Riverdale! I almost forgot about this one but I can not wait until the next season airs! If you haven’t seen it yet, start now because it’s amazing!

The Good Place is a hilarious show and I am obsessed with it! It’s so absurd yet so fun to watch.

Movies:

Clueless, a classic that I can see over and over again. I am still waiting for that clothing computer app to appear on my laptop.

It’s a Boy Girl Thing, a movie that I’ve watched a thousand times and I somehow never get sick of it. You may already be noticing that I watch every dumb Netflix movie that exists so if you don’t like those, you may not like any of the following…

The Kissing Booth is the on exception on what I said before. I’m sure you’ve heard of it because everyone loves it! Please watch this movie if you haven’t already!!!

The Little Rascals, very old but I loved watching it a lot! I don’t know how they managed to work with all those kids but the movie makers sure did a great job on this one.

The Lovely Bones: for some reason I can’t get anyone to watch this with me because it’s rated as scifi-horror… But really it’s just extremely confusing and somehow magnifying to watch. I’ve seen it two times now and I have to say I didn’t get the movie AT ALL when I was watching the first time.

She’s the Man and Sydney White, these movies both star Amanda Bynes and kind off have the same message in them. You probably know them but maybe you don’t, anyway Amanda did a great job in both of these and I love them.

Anastasia, how could I not mention this one?! Ofcourse since Anastasia The Musical came out I have been more obsessed with it than I was before. I can’t believe this is NOT a Disney movie… Everyone thought so for some reason and I don’t know why because it really doesn’t say so anywhere.

Ofcourse there are many other Netflix movies that I think everyone should watch, but that would make this post a tad too long so I’m going to leave it up to you☺️

Enjoy your summer❤️

Lots of love, M.

Books, books, books

Summer is here! Throughout the year I don’t like reading, mostly because the books I have to read for school aren’t what I would want to read. And then summer comes and suddenly I read three books a week.

I love reading on a holiday and throughout the year I found some favorites. Most of them are very basic and you’ve probably heard of them but that doesn’t mean they’re not good.

I like to read series like Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, … Not original AT ALL but there’s something about them. I am still sad that they didn’t continue the Mortal Instruments movies but the series are pretty much an exact copy of the books so I guess that’s good as well 😂 Also I can’t believe how long it’s been since the last Hunger Games movie came out!

Two years ago I discovered two books that I can recommend to anyone who asks about some good books, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. These books are just amazing and I love them a lot.

Now I don’t have any inspiration left, so my best friend (the true book worm) is taking over, she will just list things up:

⁃ The books of Sophie Kinsella. My not so perfect life, I’ve got your number and Can you keep a secret are a couple of examples of her collection of books. Reading her books brings you into a world of swooning, handsome gentlemen, awkward recognisable encounters with a touch a humor here and there. The perfect books to read on a hot summer day at the beach an to completely unwind.

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is surely one to recommend too. It takes you to the smoldering, romantic Tuscany in Italy where you meet the young italian Lorenzo, who helps Lina to find her father. Throw in a secret diary from her deceased mother, a secret lover and the delicious gelato and you have the perfect mix for a heartwarming book who swoops you off your feet.

 A very unique book, because of the way it was written, is Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison. As you can see it is written by two writers, Tom and Lucy. Tom has written the parts of the character Sam and Lucy has written the parts of the character Hannah. The beautiful thing about this is that even that this is written by two persons, you don’t notice this. It perfectly blends together.

The classics Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are of course two the recomend too! Altough the two were written in the 19th century, you do notice in the way these characters behave and the language that is used, it’s still a very good read. Of course, when you have read them and you tell your english teacher you might score a few points!

 My favourite book of all time is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s a book that takes you onto a rollercoaster of tears of pain, laughter and heartbreak. It’s beautifully written from a quite surprising point of view, the point of view of death. It is situated during World War 2 in Nazi-Germany, we follow the life of a little girl, who just lost her brother and is adopted by the lovely family Hubermann, trough the eyes of death. We see Germany during the war from another point of view, that makes you realise that not everything is as black and white as it seems. This is truly a book you must read.

I am a big fan of history and all that has to do with art and cultural society. Dan Brown uses a lot of history, art, intriguing facts that are always based on true facts and he somehow molds it all together in a heartracing, captivating and adventurous journey that his character Robert Langdon experiences. His latest book, Origin, is situated in the beautiful city of Spain, Barcelona, where Robert goes to an event from his dear friend Edmond Kirsch. In a spur of events, something happens to his friend and the discovery that Edmond made is threatened to be gone for good. Robert goes on another adventure, along with Ambra Vidal, to save his friends discovery.

 Last but not least we have the book Medici by Matteo Strukol, it tells the story of the powerful Medici family of Florence. Get lost in a dark, powerful world of art and mystery. Murder, bertrayal and deathly powergames are just as common as water and food. This is surely a good book for readers who love a little bit of history weaven into the story and of course the powergames played by handsome, Italian men.

Have fun reading!

Lots of love, M. (and E😬)

The last week of high school🎓

I can proudly say that last week I graduated. I can not tell you how happy I am and the long awaited summer has finally begun.

I had my last exam on Thursday June 21nd, after that I went to my best friend and together we went to a party to celebrate a friends’ 18th birthday.

Saturday June 23d was my prom! I bought my dress and shoes months ago and it was so nice to finally get to wear them. I did learn that heels are not my type of shoes… My toes hurt for days🙃 Ofcourse our prom wasn’t as big of a deal as it would be in America but we sure had a lot of fun!

Sunday was a pretty easy going day, I didn’t have to work and we paid a visit to my grandparents. I was freaking out because in 24h I would know if I was going to graduate or not…

Monday, June 24th was the big day. At 7 P.M. I had to be at school to get my results. Before that I helped a friend get ready for her prom, which kind of calmed my mind. LUCKILY I got the news that I made it and I was happier than you possibly could imagine

The next two days I just had some relaxed days with friends; we went to the park, went out for some drinks etc. Just some celebrating basically☺️

Thursday was a day I had been looking forward to for very long… my official graduation! Because I was in the organisation team and I had to sing I spent a lot of time at school that day but I had a lot of fun. In the morning we got our diplomas (I know that at most schools they give those during the graduation but we got our report cards then). We took pictures with our hats and gowns and practiced the entire ceremony. In the evening we took pictures (again) and did the ceremony. After that we had some drinks and food and talked with our teachers… all together it was an amazing night! On all the videos from that night it is clear as day that I was overly excited to graduate😂

Friday was the last day that I had to go to school. Not really as a student because I was already graduated, but we did a celebration with the 5th year. I had to sing again and we stepped outside of the school one last FINAL time👩🏼‍🎓

Now I’m off to a new adventure, but first 3 months of vacation! Congratulations to everyone who graduated and for the ones who are going to be seniors, good luck!

Lots of love, M.

Exam snacks

One thing I didn’t mention in my last post, is that during exams I eat a lot. Probably because I’m at home all day long. So here are some snacks to buy/make while studying for you exams.

Fruits will always be great. Blueberries, apples and strawberries are my personal favorites. You can make a fruit salad or just eat a piece of fruit like that. You’ll regenerate your energy and during summer fruit is the most refreshing food ever!

Just eating the fruit isn’t all, make a smoothie of it! My favorite combination is: strawberrie, banana and apple juice. But you can put anything you want in the blender ofcourse. If you really need some sugar you can always make a milkshake, it’s been sooo long since I made a milkshake and I am considering to make one right now🍨

Something my mom always buys for me are dried bananas and trail mixes. When it comes to trail mixes I take the raisins out because that is one of the few things I really don’t like. In Belgium we call a trail mix ‘studentenhaver’ (literally translated: student oats) and it does always make me think about the exam month when I see them in the store. It’s very jummy AND good for studying, just don’t eat to much or you’ll get nautious and won’t be studying anymore…

Something I like for exams during WINTER is soup, the pre-packaged and probably unhealthy kind. I couldn’t eat them right now because it is way too hot outside, but they’re my favorite thing during the colder exam periods. I honestly like every kind of soup so I don’t have a favorite one🍵

During exams I drink a lot of water. I’m surrounded by like 6 waterbottles the whole time. It’s just the best way too stay awake and even though it’s hard to admit, it does work better than coffee or tea.

Besides all this I just eat a lot 😬 Not always the healthiest choice but what can you do..

I hope you all ace your exams!

Lots of Love, M.