Near the end of high school I had a hard time with finding the right bachelor’s program because there were several fields in which I was interested. UCR allowed me to try courses in all of these fields. In the end I decided to major in Science with tracks in life and biomedical sciences. In addition, I really enjoyed the small-scale and interactive classes. They kept me engaged and stimulated my critical thinking.

However, what I love most about UCR is its community. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying and living together with people from a range of different cultures, and have experienced that UCR students are generally very social and are always willing to help any fellow student with a problem. For whatever interest or hobby that you may have there is a society, committee or student initiative, and if this is not the case then there is the possibility to create your own. I have gotten to organize events as a board member for UCR’s (bio)medical society as well as for Zeeland’s Red Cross Student Desk.

UCR’s community also includes the Faculty and Staff. They are always available for individual guidance. Professors also offer students many amazing opportunities outside of classes. I have been able to help my professors with several exciting projects and have even published a few articles with them.

I have now finished my three years at UCR and will continue my studies abroad. I am convinced that studying at UCR has given me an advantage, compared to other students, during my master’s application and has allowed me to be accepted at an amazing university.

I really enjoyed the small-scale and interactive classes. They kept me engaged and stimulated my critical thinking.
Ciska Lindelauf