Why Leuven?

Erin Davison, Class of 2019.

September 6, 2017

My first experience with the International Relations (IR) department at SJU was during my senior year of high school. My parents and I attended the Fall View open house where Dr. Baglione, Dr. Fukuoka, and a handful of upperclassmen were giving a presentation. When I walked onto campus that day, I was very undecided about where I wanted to spend my next four years. When I walked out, I was determined to enroll at SJU and major in IR.

When I think back to that day, one speaker sticks out. There was a senior student who had spent the previous semester studying abroad in Leuven, Belgium. She spoke enthusiastically about her travels, classes, and most notably, her internship with a member of the European Parliament. I remember driving home with my parents that evening and relentlessly reading them information about the program that I had found on the Center for International Programs website.

I am now a junior at SJU, and will leaving for Leuven in just a few days. Over the course of the next 13 weeks, myself and twelve other IR/Political Science students will be posting updates about our time here. Please give us a “like” and follow along as we embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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