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Emilia Waterhouse

Bachelorstudent European Languages and Cultures
Emilia Waterhouse

About Emilia

My name is Emilia Waterhouse, I am 20 and I study European languages and cultures. I am half German and half English and grew up bilingual. I love languages and travelling, history, fitness and photography. After finishing my A-levels in the UK I took a gap year and travelled in Thailand as a volunteer working with elephants abused during the industrialization and cleaning beaches. I also travelled in Europe and in Canada where I worked in a hostel in Quebec to learn French. I then came to Groningen and studied a year of law before beginning my first year in European languages and cultures.

Why European languages and cultures?

I study European languages and cultures with a major in Spanish. I chose Spanish because I think it’s beautiful, also because it will be very useful as there is an extremely large Spanish-speaking population and because I already speak French and German. I chose to study European languages because Europe is incredibly influential and I believe in the future of Europe. I chose cultures because I am interested in history and differing lifestyles.

Why Groningen?

I chose Groningen in order to travel and live somewhere entirely new. Also because of the international environment and because the Dutch have always inspired me because of their linguistic abilities so what better place to study languages?


I hope to use my degree to travel and see more of the world, meet different people and learn about various cultures. I have always been interested in how cultural heritage affects people and I hope to see more of that in the future. I hope to work for an NGO such as Amnesty International because it would allow me to travel more and work with more freedom as they are not funded by the government. Also because I have always supported their work and how they support people who do not have the means to support themselves.


Always pursue something you are passionate about whatever it is. If your work is your passion then you will undoubtedly succeed.

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