About Cătălina Munteanu
Hello everyone! My name is Cătălina, and I am 20 years old. I am from Moldova, and I have a deep appreciation for my cultural heritage. I am in my first year of the European Languages and Cultures BA programme, but I am doing a double Bachelor’s, combining it with the BA IRIO. I chose Spanish as my major language, as I have always wanted to manoeuvre such a melodious language. At the same time, I am taking Russian classes, which I find fascinating. I dance in my free time and adore reading and watching movies and series. Additionally, I love travelling and discovering the cultural richness of various societies.
Why European Languages and Cultures?
Throughout my life, I have developed a profound passion for culture, literature and languages, and their impact on societal norms and views. Hence, European Languages and Cultures aligned perfectly with my interests. At first, I was not sure if applying was a good idea, as I was already doing another Bachelor’s degree, which is why I decided to participate in the Web class. For a month I had the opportunity to delve into the subjects of ELC, getting to explore one profile per week. As a literary enthusiast myself, I was looking forward to the Culture & Literature profile, and I can confidently say that my expectations were highly surpassed. Getting to explore society through a literary lens, examining the influence of texts on world politics, and analysing contemporary issues depicted through art are the highlights of my experience.
However, the programme is not limited to literary courses. The three profiles vary on the spectrum, by covering a vast spectrum of themes. From major literary themes and criticism (Culture & Literature profile) to language intricacies (Language & Society profile) and political discourse (Politics & Society), the programme develops a critical view of Europe from a multilateral perspective.
The Netherlands was always an option for conducting my studies, due to the large number of English-taught Bachelor’s programmes. The University of Groningen stood out to me based on the high-ranking numbers of the Faculty of Arts. Undeniably, that speaks about the quality of education provided at the university, which convinced me to apply.
However, that is not the only reason I chose Groningen. When I first arrived here, I was astonished by the beauty of the city. I would describe it as a cohesive fusion of the historic past and the vibration of the future, combined with the light breath of nature. The Academy Building of the University contributes to the city’s majesty. Truthfully, the first time I saw it, I felt like I arrived at Hogwarts.
Groningen’s grace is not limited to visual beauty: it is a city of youth and internationalism. By having such a high percentage of students, the city beams with energy and life, as it is the home of many student events like the Keiweek, or the ESN week. Moreover, the international environment makes it a very inclusive city, where international students can find another home.
My main area of interest is cultural governance and the extent to which the policies could be categorised as universal or cultural relative. After I obtain my Bachelor’s degree, I would love to continue my studies at the University of Groningen. I am specifically interested in the Master’s track Arts, Policy and Cultural Entrepreneurship. From this perspective, one of my biggest goals would be to work for UNESCO. Particularly, the World Heritage programme, or the Women’s and Girls’ Education interest me, as they highlight the beauty of different cultures and promote equal rights.
Listen to your heart when you are deciding on your study programme. Choose something that aligns with your interests and passions, whether it is ELC or another option. Do not let societal pressures influence your choices. Ultimately, your happiness should be your priority, and pursuing a career that does not bring you joy is a waste of time.
I thoroughly recommend researching the opportunities offered by various study programmes. Attend Open Days and participate in Web classes, since these experiences can significantly help you make a decision. Do not worry too much about your choice, even if you enrol in a programme and later realise it does not suit you, remember that you can always change your mind and start over.
Regarding life in Groningen, make the most of your student years. Engage with student associations (there are numerous options to choose from), build friendships, and explore new hobbies, all while keeping your academic pursuits in mind.
Bonus tip, always have an umbrella with you. The rain comes out of nowhere.
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