UCR allows me to not only explore my academic interests (which are plenty), but also to extend my social network and follow my other passions. For example, I have been an active member of the theatre society (THEATRA) for all my semesters here, and have even been the chair of this society for a year. We perform twice a year; in the Fall semester we have two short plays and one short musical, and in the spring semester we perform one big play in the Stadsschouwburg of Middelburg. Everything, from costumes to set to directing, is organized by students. I have always loved acting and theatre, and this society gave me the opportunity to become even more involved in this.

Being part of the THEATRA board taught me so much about organizing big events, collaborating with other people, and acting itself. Most importantly, this society gave me my dearest friends, whom I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being part of a society is so much fun and it adds a lot to your experience as a student. Academics here can be challenging, but my society always provided support and fun for me when I was feeling stressed. Besides this, I get to perform every semester; how awesome is that?!

Academics here can be challenging, but my society always provided support and fun for me when I was feeling stressed.
Maran van der Oord