By Marieke, Third year student at UCG
It sounds very hard to believe, but my three years at University College Groningen are coming to an end in less than a month. Three themes took a central position in the third year: exchange, the bachelor thesis and what are you going to do after UCG. When I got back after my awesome exchange in Hong Kong, I started to think about what I wanted to do after finishing up my bachelor.
To be honest, I found it quite difficult since nowadays, there are so many options. You could do an internship, travel the world, do a board year or continue studying. After a long and thoughtful thinking process and many conversations with friends, parents, teachers, I decided that I am going to continue my studies right away after I finish my bachelor at UCG. Many people actually pick a gap year or do an internship because they want to figure what they are interested in or want to enjoy a year of free time. For me this was a little different since I feel quite comfortable what I am interested in and in what field I wanted to pursue my masters. I am majoring in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) with a main focus in international and development economics. Since the second year, I have been following courses in this field and have created a program with courses in international trade, globalization, development economics and econometrics. After I made the decision that I wanted to continue studying, the next steps had to be made in this decision-making process: Which program suits my interest best and where do I want do my masters? At that time, I felt a little overwhelmed with all the different options. Therefore, I decided to just to focus on the Netherlands and compare all the different programs.
In the end, I selected three programs: international economics in Groningen, international economics in Rotterdam and economics in Amsterdam. This was a pretty difficult decision to make, however during class a teacher approached me and informed be about the fact that the University of Groningen offers a double degree program in Economic Growth and Economic Development in collaboration with the University of Lund located in Sweden. To me this sounded like a super cool program in my field of expertise, two years more years of studying and finally, I will get the opportunity to go abroad for my master. I could not let go of this program and decided to apply. I will hear probably within two weeks if I am accepted or not, but I am really excited to pursue my studies in Groningen and to go the Sweden next year. My advice to everyone is: talk to your friends, experts, visit open days and have a little faith in yourself in making the decision since wrong choices do not exists!