While studying at UCR, I truly got to know myself and discover what I am passionate about. Before coming to Middelburg, I thought I wanted to study history, but here I discovered that I enjoy learning about social inequalities, minorities, and social change. UCR offered the opportunity to develop this interest by offering a variety of courses that matched my needs.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most at UCR was the Going Glocal Program. This offered me the opportunity to go to Mexico and engage in a decolonial dialogue with Mexican scholars, indigenous peoples and fellow students. During this program, I learned many valuable things that I would not have learned in a normal classroom setting.

Besides the fact that UCR has shaped my interests, it has also helped me to improve my academic skills. Due to the continuous assessment you really have to challenge yourself sometimes, but it also helps you improving important skills such as research, writing, or presenting. The professors offer good guidance and help you if you come across some difficulties while doing your research.

Another thing that I enjoyed about studying at UCR is the close-knit community. Everyone is very open and interested in hearing your story. The abundance of societies organize fun events that are accessible to everyone. I was part of the UCR Cooking Society and we organized events that had as its main goal to bring people together over food. Furthermore, I was a part of the Amnesty International Studentgroup Middelburg, and together with my fellow board members we organized events revolving around human rights. It was great to see that people of the UCR community but also people from the city of Middelburg cared about human rights and attended our events.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time at UCR. Studying here has made me the person that I am today and I really appreciate the opportunities that UCR has offered me.

Another thing that I enjoyed about studying here at UCR is the close-knit community. Everyone is very open and interested in hearing your story.
Astrid van Egmond