I come from China and I am enrolled in the master in Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology, because I am fascinated in this field.
After evaluating information about the environment, education equality, costs, and tuition fees in Groningen, together with additional information about the Netherlands from my parents, I decided to start studying at the RUG.
At the beginning of my study my daily life was full of trouble. Except for all the practical and logistical issues I had to solve as a new Groningen citizen, I also had problems to find the right study strategy. The education system in The Netherlands is really different compared with China.
Since I never feel ashamed to ask for help, I soon found out that the student service system in Groningen is well-organized, so that you can always get professional advice. Feeling supported and safe at the very start of my studies was crucial, and 3 months into the program I realized that I had made the right decision to come to Groningen. So far this study experience has given me a chance to realize my full academic potential, and has contributed to get a better understanding of myself.
The English master in Psychology program at the RUG is still work in progress. The distribution of courses throughout the year could be improved.
During my study I did a half year internship as a psychology teacher in a special secondary school. After finishing my master I am intending to go back to China maybe to become a teacher.
I have learned things which are totally different from what I learned before and that is quite challenging.