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Ayşe Rana Özsan

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Ayşe Rana Özsan

About Ayşe

Hi! My name is Ayşe Rana Özsan, I am 21 years old and I have just begun my second year of the History programme here at the University of Groningen. I came here from all the way across the ocean in Canada and, predictably, I am in the international track of the course. I am an active member in our study association Ubbo Emmius and participate in several committees within the university.

Besides my involvement in the university itself, I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning languages, and travelling. That last hobby has recently been replaced with a lot of TV since the start of the pandemic, of course. My cat, at least, seems to be very happy that I am home more often.

Why History?

History has always interested me as a subject because so much of the world around us can only be fully understood by examining what has lead up to the present moment. I had many other interests before starting university, and in fact, I was majoring in Business in 2018. However, when I realized my favourites courses I took that year were two electives in History, I knew that changing my major was the right choice for me.

Why Groningen?

Coming from Toronto, at first I wondered whether Groningen might be small or uneventful in comparison. During my first visit to the city, I realized immediately that I had no reason to be concerned about this. Student life here is incredibly active and vibrant, with no shortage of things to do or people to meet. Even after having spent a whole year here, there is no sign of boredom yet and I am looking forward to two more great years!


I do not think I can answer this question with any more certainty than the average bachelor’s student, but my current hope is to continue to pursue history and embark on many research projects. I am still narrowing down my interests and determining which era, region and field of history I want to specialize in, but I have high hopes that the remainder of my bachelor’s degree will lead me in the right direction.


The best advice I can give is that you should follow what interests you and not worry too much if the future still seems unclear. You never know if that seminar you will take next semester will finally show you what you want to pursue. Also, remember to stop and take a breath sometimes! Keeping up with your courses is amazing, but be careful of burning yourself out.

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