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Iris Leussink

Bachelor's student of History
Iris Leussink

About Iris

Hey there! My name is Iris, I’m 20 years old and a second-year History student. I follow the international track of the History programme, so I do all my courses in English. I am originally from Utrecht, but now I live together with two of my friends in Groningen. Next to my university course I am also part of the Honours programme, and I am quite active in the History study association, GHD Ubbo Emmius, where I am currently in the Study Committee. I also really like sports, in the last year I have really enjoyed running, playing beach-volleyball, and swimming. Lastly, I work as a student ambassador so I can give aspiring History students information about what studying History in Groningen is all about.

Why History?

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been all over the place in the process of determining what I wanted to study. To give you an illustration of my struggle in figuring things out; over the years I have considered Business/Management, Political Science, Linguistics, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the end, after attending many orientation events, I stopped asking myself which path would be the most profitable, and started asking myself “what do I like to study the most?” And the answer was History (and English, I wasn’t that decisive yet). But there are many reasons beyond that as to why I chose to study History. Other interests of mine are gender studies and international relations, which I thought would both work really well combined with History, which luckily turned out to be the case! In that sense, History is a rather broad subject. You can specialise in countless subfields (e.g. cultural history, political history), eras (e.g. the Hellenistic period, the Late Middle Ages), and areas. In Groningen, the curriculum offers a lot of room for specialising in and focussing on the fields you are interested in, which really attracted me to the programme. Next to that, I found that studying History offers a wide variety of job prospects; whether you want to make a career as a researcher, politician, teacher, or whether you want to work for a national government, international organisation, or company, studying History will be a good start to any of those careers, and many more.

Why Groningen?

As I’m from Utrecht, I had already experienced life in one of the Netherlands’ bigger cities. I was looking forward to living in a city that is a bit smaller in scale, which still has the appeal of an active university city. When I visited the city for the first time I felt like Groningen offered many opportunities to create a community around for yourself that you feel welcome and at home in with all its study-, student-, and sports associations, no matter what your interests are.

About the Future

I am pretty certain I want to become a researcher or to work to promote women’s rights. I would also love to go abroad as much as possible to gain a taste of life in different parts of the world. For this, I’m really looking forward to the studying abroad minor or internship minor in the 3rd year.

Golden tip

If you are anything like me, there might be multiple good answers as to what you want to study. Many different degree programmes can still enable you to get a specific job you want, even if you change your mind during your studies.

Last modified:31 October 2019 2.20 p.m.