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Kwaku Anane, Ghana, Ambassador 2017-18

1. What are you doing now, after finishing your studies in Groningen?

After graduating from the University of Groningen, I returned to my home country Ghana for holidays and to visit my family, friends and other loved ones. I have since returned to the Netherlands and been getting myself ready to take up a pharmaceutical industry job position later this month which I secured upon the completion of my studies.

2. How was it to be an international student in Groningen?

I totally enjoyed being an international student especially in Groningen because you never stick out to the point of becoming uncomfortable. There are so many other internationals from diverse countries and cultures and I made so many friends which is great in developing an international outlook on issues. The international student desk of the University and my department was also very helpful in getting me settled properly during my first few weeks and so I managed to avoid the ‘growing pains’ associated with moving to a new country.

3. How did studying in Groningen change you?

My study experience in Groningen impacted me positively in so many ways. I see myself now as more creative, more of a critical thinker, a better collaborator and team player, more confident and a better public speaker than before.

4. Would you have suggestions for dos and don'ts for new international students in Groningen?

On dos, I say to all new international students – get actively involved with one of the many student associations to develop yourself, take advantage of the free Dutch language lessons and sign up for an extracurricular course or two especially from the Career Services Department.

On don’ts – get out of your comfort zone and try to avoid befriending only persons from your home country!

Kwaku Anane Sarpong
Kwaku Anane Sarpong
Last modified:09 November 2017 11.38 a.m.