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Summerville native studying near Brussels in disbelief following attacks

Mathilde (Source: WYFF) Mathilde (Source: WYFF)
People walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. Explosions rocked the Brussels airport and the subway system Tuesday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) People walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday March 22, 2016. Explosions rocked the Brussels airport and the subway system Tuesday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
CLEMSON, SC (WYFF) -

A college student from Summerville studying abroad in Belgium says she's shocked and in disbelief following Tuesday's terrorist attacks. 

Mathilde, a junior in Clemson, says it's hard to believe something so horrible can happen.

Since September, Mathilde has been studying economics abroad at a university right outside Brussels. 

She woke up to the news of the attacks.

"When I found out it was at the airport, I was really kind of scared, shocked at the same time," Mathilde says. 

Born in Belgium, she moved to Summerville as a child. She's been to the airport so many times.

She's been reaching out on social media after the attacks, because calls wouldn't go through. She's letting family and friends know she's okay.

First she marks herself as safe on a Facebook feature, then sends out a personal message: "To all my friends and family back home and around the world, I just wanted to confirm that I am safe."

"Just to think something that horrific happened not far away I can't believe it," Mathilde says."I still can't comprehend it."

Then, another scare in class Tuesday morning. 

"It turns out one of the professors took a flight five minutes before the first explosion this morning," Mathilde said."So the entire class was just in shock."

He's okay but the rest of her classes were cancelled. She was told to just stay where she was.

"You have to take the precautions," Mathilde said."You have to be smart about what you do. You're not going to go in the big shopping center at this moment when everything is going  because they tell you to avoid public areas, big shopping centers anything like that."

Spring break starts Friday, Mathilde was supposed to go to Ireland.

"We're not certain if we're going to go or not because of today," Mathilde said."It's unbelievable what just happened. I think we're all still in shock."

There is one other Clemson student currently in Belgium, university officials say she’s safe too.

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