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Kayleigh Smilda

Bachelor student Communication and Information Studies
Kayleigh Smilda

About Kayleigh

My name is Kayleigh Smilda and I am 21 years old. I am currently in my third year studying Communication and Information Studies and I am also following the Minor Middle-Eastern Studies, which I really like! I have been living in Groningen for two years now and besides studying, I love to dance and sing. As a job, I am teaching dance to children, which I absolutely love!

Why Communication and Information Studies?

Before I started studying CIS, I studied Communications at a university of applied sciences for a year. After I finished my propedeuse, I began studying CIS at the RUG. This was a logical step for me as I really enjoyed studying Communications before. However, I experienced the focus of the technical university as slightly too practical and I missed challenges within the program. On one of the open days, I learnt that CIS had much more of a focus on language and research than the technical university did, which really appealed to me. I also thought it was important to choose a course in which I could make good use of my qualities, and as I had always been good at writing and presenting, I thought it would be nice to further develop those skills during my studies.

Why Groningen?

Groningen was a clear choice for me as I grew up in a village nearby. I always liked Groningen and had many friends living there, so I wanted to stay! Additionally, the RUG appealed to me because I was received very professionally and cordially on open days. These factors made my decision a very easy one!


My dream is to become a spokesperson for a large company or perhaps something to do with the Middle East. I hope to get a position with high levels of responsibility so I can further develop my leadership qualities. I do not know what exactly that would look like but I certainly have enough plans!


Spend a lot of time on making your choice for a study! Visit open days and talk to students from the respective program. I really weighed my options before starting and I have not regretted it since! Also do not be afraid to ask questions – it is your future and it is important to make a well-considered choice.

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