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Megan Maartens

Bachelorstudent American Studies
megan maartens

About Megan

My name is Megan Maartens and I am a second-year bachelor American Studies student. Before I started American Studies, I took a gap year during which I worked as student-assistant at the Amsterdam University of Applied sciences, took the pre-course for the school of music in Amsterdam, and traveled through New Zealand for three months. After half a year I was eager to study again, so I decided to move to Groningen and study American Studies. Even though I decided not to go to the school of music, singing and writing songs is still my passion.

Why American Studies

The United States have always been a part of my life because a large part of my family lives there. The first time I went to the U.S., I was impressed by how different its culture was from the Netherlands. As I grew older and went there more regularly, I started noticing the cultural differences. My social media was flooded with news about cultural events but also social issues. I had no idea how to process this information until I found American Studies. The study teaches me how current social problems came to be, but also how that particular U.S. culture has emerged in the first place. One other aspect I really enjoy is that we are well taught in academic writing, which, in combination with the other knowledge I acquire during this study, will greatly improve my perspective on the world.

Why Groningen

I knew I wanted to study American Studies in Groningen because it is the only place with a unique Dutch Bachelor course entirely focused on America. In the beginning, I was very reluctant to move to Groningen from Amsterdam, where I had lived my entire life. My grandparents live in Friesland, so this made me feel more comfortable to move to the other side of the country. Also, Amsterdam is becoming very crowded, and I needed a less busy place to be able to study. I love Groningen now, dare I say, even more than Amsterdam as the small scale makes it so cozy!


One of the reasons I chose American Studies is because it is extremely interdisciplinary, which helps when you are interested in almost anything. I am still trying to figure out what I eventually want to do with the knowledge I acquire during these three years. I definitely want to live in America for a while! I also know that music will remain my passion and that I might combine those two. For now, I am just enjoying the courses.


Be aware of your ambitions and your passions and do not be scared to chase them! Do not worry about how much energy it will take, because once you find something that you love you will get enough motivation to achieve all of your goals.

Last modified:09 May 2019 07.03 a.m.