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Alessandro Maria Balice, Italy, 2015-16

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

After Groningen I moved to Shanghai for a few months, to work for a company that organizes business events in China for international customers. I was responsible for the Online Marketing activities. Then I moved back to Rome, Italy and I opened myself to the Digital Marketing and Startup world. I started working with Web Agencies and Startup Incubators until I became Marketing Director of a Company that produces medical devices for Physiotherapy, Fisiocomputer. That’s not all though, since I am currently opening my own startup, Trip In Touch, and I am still freelancing as Digital Marketing and Startup Consultant.

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

It helped me a lot to meet new interesting people and to increase my soft and communication skills. I still have prospective students (mostly Italian) that contact me sometimes, asking questions about the city and the university. Furthermore, it is also nice to get in touch with the other Student Ambassadors and hear their stories too!

3. How did studying in Groningen change you?

I wish I could move there earlier! I literally ‘’woke up’’ and faced everything with a different perspective. In Italy the study system is not that good and pretty passive I would say. As soon as I moved to Groningen I could already feel a different and positive atmosphere, surrounded by people who really wanted to make the difference! I didn’t have the best student career I can tell, but look where I am now! ;)

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

Think carefully about what kind of an experience you want to live there. I would suggest to spend a few months in a student house for sure. You feel like a family there. Then you can also decide to move to any other house/flat on your own or with some friends, possibly close enough to the University! Enjoy people and enjoy the gym there! You can meet people anywhere. And get in touch with professors, they listen a lot! All the rest comes naturally…

Alessandro Maria Balice
Alessandro Maria Balice
Last modified:14 November 2017 1.10 p.m.