What is your favourite part of each study ?
I was going to say the lab work for EUC but I’m actually not sure. I wasn’t the best at it but it was so fascinating to be able to apply the theoretical knowledge we got in class and see the actual implementation. I also really enjoy the lectures, they expand on the scope of the courses in a really interesting way. For genetics, for example, the lectures ranged from ethics of “designer babies” to forensics. For WdKA I have been enjoying the internship too. It’s very different to work for such a long time with people that are not in school with me and try to make a helpful product.
What do you wish you knew when you started ?
I think most of the things I wish I knew were more about living in the Netherlands than the dual degree itself. I was super confused about healthcare and getting a GP for example.
What would you advise Ana in her first year ?
It’s a lot harder to get really good grades in university than in high school, but that’s okay! Just because you don’t get a 90 doesn’t mean you didn’t learn important things. Focus more on enjoying the information you acquire than scoring the perfect mark. Also, it’s okay to do a resit sometimes, it’s not the end of the world.
How did COVID affect your university life?
It didn’t make that much of a practical difference – I already spent most of my time studying at home, so that wasn’t as big of an impact. I think the biggest learning curve was manners in an online class. It’s hard to read other people’s body language and to know when to participate without cutting someone off. Obviously, it also limited how many of my friends I could see, which was difficult to deal with.
How have you adapted to studying in quarantine?
I had to learn to wake myself up early. When I had classes in person I had a regular schedule, but in the lockdown, especially for WdKA, my number of classes went down a lot. I had to create my own regularity and manage my time with more precision