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Jade Dijkstra

Bachelorstudent Art History
Jade Dijkstra

About Jade

Hello! My name is Jade and I am 20 years old. I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor Art History. I love having fun, I like to meet up with my friends and since last year, I live in the Schildersbuurt of Groningen – how fitting is that?!

Why Art History?

I grew up with art. I have smelled the smell of paint from an early age on in my parental home and in my mother's studio. Our dining table was covered with paint stains and brushes were scattered around our house. As a result, I became acquainted with museums and artworks at a very young age. This sparked my interest in art (history).

Art History was however not really my original study choice. After a few open days, I was sure that I did not want to study Art History, but after studying Philosophy for two weeks, I quickly longed for the arts. I then switched as quickly as possible. Art History turned out not to be a dry or tough study, but rather incredibly varied and challenging, with many different subjects and collaborations, for instance with the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts or the Arts, Culture and Media program. In addition, it is a small, personal study with many creative and interesting people, which leads to great collaborations and results.

Why Groningen?

There was no reason for me not to study in Groningen! The city is cosy, lovely, and lively. There is fun at every time of day (and night). I feel at home here and the city has always given me that sentiment. In an exciting and challenging time of a new study and new people around you, I think that that is very important. Groningen feels like coming home to me and no other city, no matter how big, can surpass that.


Although I want to emphasize that you should mainly study what motivates you and makes you happy and you do not have to focus too much on the future, I have of course thought about what I want to do after finishing this study. At the moment I am very enthusiastic about the curation course in Art History, a specialization within the Master’s track in Art History. Here I can specialize in modern and contemporary art and learn all about the backgrounds of museums and the work of curators. In addition, I am given the opportunity to follow a paid internship of six months at one of the participating museums following the Master’s year. My dream is to go to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam or the Groninger Museum.


It is okay not to like all the subjects of your studies as long as you enjoy the bigger picture. In high school it is often said that a study should suit you completely - the reality is that studying can sometimes be boring and annoying. However, this does not mean that you have made the wrong choice! It only means that you are young and do not yet know exactly what you want. That is not bad at all.

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