I was born in Utrecht and grew up in Nieuwegein, which are both pretty large and modern places, so coming to Middelburg initially seemed like a big step down, which I think many of my fellow Dutchies here can relate to. That idea got replaced by surprise rather quickly during Orientation and in my first year, as Middelburg is an incredibly vibrant city all year! There are plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, cafes, and clubs to go round, but even beyond the city Zeeland has a lot to offer. Many tourists visit this wonderful place, and for good reason.
Two of my favourite places to go are Elliott, our student run Common House. It has many spaces to study or have meetings about papers or other projects, but is also the perfect place to relax or party. I also love going to the local bar Seventy Seven (or as we call it: “Sev”) for drinks with friends.
While Middelburg is a lot bigger than people might think, and students do often interact with the locals, UCR and the community are quite small, as there are about 500 students. This however creates a tight-knit community, where everyone knows each other, and it encourages people to get involved in the societies under Roosevelt’s All Student Association of which every student is a member. This, and the small sizes of the classrooms, was one of the main reasons of why I decided to go to UCR. With classes of about 25 students, there is actual space and time to have meaningful interactions with the professor and other students. In one of my favorite courses, Mechanisms of Disease, everyone got to give a presentation on a disease of their choice. In larger classes or auditoriums this would never be possible, and I much prefer it this way.
"With classes of about 25 students, there is actual space and time to have meaningful interactions with the professor and other students."