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Eline Spoolder

Bachelorstudent English Language and Culture
Eline Spoolder

About Eline Spoolder

My name is Eline Spoolder and I am a second-year English Language and Culture student. Before starting this programme, I studied to become an English teacher for one year. I like to read (for pleasure), watch a film or series, or play board games with my friends. If I am not in the University Library, you can find me in a pub with a glass of cider!

Why English Language and Culture?

I chose to study English because I wanted to get to know everything about the English language. I like the fact that it is a mix between linguistics, old literature, modern literature, and proficiency because that way I could get a taste of everything and decide what I want to specialise in. You do not only learn how to write phonetically or analyse poetry, but you also learn how to look at the broader scope of texts, get the history of the English language and literature, and learn how to think critically. These skills are very helpful, whichever career you want to pursue.

Why Groningen?

I chose to study in Groningen because the moment I set foot in the university I was sure that I could be here for a few years. To me, Groningen does not feel like one of the biggest student cities in The Netherlands, it feels like a small town, which made it very easy for me to adapt. I come from a small town in Twente and moving to Groningen was quite intimidating for me. The city ambience, the people, the fellow students and the teachers made it one of the best choices I have ever made. Besides that, Groningen has the best-rated English programme in the Netherlands, which made the choice fairly easy.


Like most students, I am not entirely sure what I want to do after I finish my bachelor’s degree. The plan now is to do either a research master in modern literature, or the master of education. Being able to teach in university would be amazing, but that plan could be different tomorrow. It is important to keep your options open and realise that there are a lot of things you can do after you graduate from your bachelor’s degree. Just because you thought you wanted to do something in your first block does not mean you cannot go another path later on.


Choose something you enjoy. You will have probably heard this lots of times but you will be here for many years and it is a waste of your own time and energy if you are doing something that you do not like. This ties in with the university you choose. Visit the open day of all universities so that you have been there at least once. Most universities specialise in something, whether that is a certain field or a way of teaching. Make sure that you are familiar with their specialities and the city itself and base your choice on that.

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