This past week scholar Ellen and I were fortunate enough to travel to Belgium for 5 days with our business master’s program at WIT. We are both studying for a master’s in business management. The entire master’s business program (50 students) travelled to Leuven and Brussels for a study trip. We stayed at Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, which is located 30 minutes outside of Brussels. The week was jam packed from early morning to evening every day. We attended lectures presented from different business owners in Leuven and Brussels. The lectures were very informative and it was interesting to hear how businesses function in different areas of the world. On Tuesday, we had the chance to visit some of the EU Institutes in Brussels and hear from high ranking EU officials. I am not the biggest fan of politics and governmental issues but it was awesome to hear about how the EU operates since I did not know much about it being from America.
The final day of the trip concluded with our presentations and round table debate. As a part of the trip and the class, we were split into groups and assigned a European country. Each group had to complete a country report on their respective country and prepare a pitch as to why their country should have the presidency of the EU. Ironically enough my group was assigned Belgium, so we were able to use this to our advantage and take some of what we learned during the week to incorporate into our project. The study trip was a lot of fun and we were even able to do a little sight seeing and try some Belgian food! Wednesday we visited the Stella Artois Brewery and were able to try some freshly brewed pints there. I ate a delicious gourmet hot dog from Wurst which was recommended for us to try by fellow scholar Tricia! I can’t forget the Belgian waffles I ate from a little ice cream waffle shop in Leuven. Overall this was an awesome experience that I am thankful to have been a part of. It was great to learn more about my colleagues and we all bonded immensely! Thanks Sport Changes Life and Waterford Institute of Technology for this opportunity!