Belgium Alumni Group
Belgium Alumni Co-ordinator: Cristian Felice
Cristian organises social and networking events for Lancaster alumni in Belgium.
To receive invitations, please ensure that your address details on the alumni database indicate that you live in Belgium. Update your details online (requires log on) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the group, please email Cristian directly.
What I'm doing now
Having finished a traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels, I am now looking for my next career potential through networking, studying French and blogging about my experience here in Brussels and my interest in EU and environmental policy.
My best Lancaster memory
As cliché as it sounds, I think Lancaster was defined by the friends I made and the experiences we shared together. As a Masters student, I was lucky to live amongst and become close friends with people from every corner of the world, creating a truly international atmosphere which has certainly aided in my growth as a person. It's difficult to pick out just one memory amongst 12 months but I believe the culmination of my time at Lancaster serves as a one great memory-- whether it was through the graduate football or ultimate frisbee teams, nights out with friends, flat dinners, group trips, and even dreaded nights spent revising or writing our dissertations.
What Lancaster means to me
To me, Lancaster meant a real growth as a person. The international atmosphere exposed me to a multitude of cultures and traditions I wouldn't have otherwise been fortunate to experience in such a short time. Additionally, it has given me a network of truly close friends dispersed all around the world that I can call upon at any moment.
Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator
Like most university alumni associations, keeping its students, both past and present connected is an important responsibility, in order to uphold a strong relationship with the university. Lancaster University, with its diverse and ambitious student population means graduates are dispersed throughout the world. Having a point of contact and a strong network of fellow alumni to rely on within a foreign country is a great building block for one's future career and general wellbeing in a new place.
I understand the challenges of being a new expatriate, but having a network of experienced alumni who can advise on everyday challenges from accommodation, to getting around, or even finding the best place to sample the local delicacies makes a world of difference.
Most importantly, I think being an alumni group co-ordinator means keeping the spirit of Lancaster University alive amongst fellow alumni, providing a sense of familiarity and belonging to get oneself started in a new place, sharing in past experiences, and providing a strong network of individuals willing to help and provide for one and other.