Studying abroad in Belgium was definitely one of my favorite college experiences.
Having never been to Europe, I thought this was a great opportunity to gain insight on
what nursing was like in other countries and to broaden my cultural experience. I had
only heard about Belgium, but actually having the opportunity to go was unreal to me.
Though I had doubts and worries that this trip might not go as well as I planned it too, all
those negative thoughts went away as I became more comfortable with the people I was
with. Everyone there welcomed us with open arms, which made it that much easier to
come out of my comfort zone!
The first week was about site visits, where we visited palliative care units at different
hospitals. That was an eye-opening experience for me because it showed me that
hospitals do a lot of little things to maximize the comfortability of older adults. The
second week was a bit more intensive, as we learned more about complementary
therapies such as aromatherapy, music therapy, and massage therapy.
All in all, I’m glad I applied to Belgium because of the people I’ve met and the things
I’ve learned. It was sad to leave this amazing country, its fries, and its people, but I hope
to visit Belgium again.