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Nicky Bouma

bachelorstudent Art History
Nicky Bouma

About Nicky

My name is Nicky, I’m 24 years old, and a third year Art History student. I’m originally from Fryslan and I have been living in the beautiful city of Groningen for four years now. In my spare time, I love to meet up with friends in one of the many nice cafes in the city, read, and of course visit museums and other nice cities.

Why Art History?

Before I started Art History, I followed other studies for a couple of years. Because of that, I figured out what I did and did not want to be part of my degree. This made me ultimately choose Art History. Museums have intrigued me since I’ve been a small child. When I started university, I realized that I found architecture as interesting as museums. The landscape courses of my degree are also a very valuable addition. Groningen provides me with the opportunity to experience all three aspects when riding a bike, walking through the city, or visiting the museum. This makes you experience things that you’ve always been surrounded by in a completely new light!

Why Groningen?

Once I had decided that I was going to study Art History, I had to pick the university. Apart from Groningen being close to me, the small scale of the city and the relaxed atmosphere of the program really appealed to me. The general atmosphere in the city also made me feel at home immediately! It is also very pleasant to go on excursions within the Netherlands and abroad alongside fellow students.

The study association is very active and regularly organises social gatherings and other events. The RUG is the only Bachelor’s program in Art History that also incorporates architecture and landscape. This was a big plus for me as it taught me to look at my environment in a different way. Although I did not expect it, architecture turned out as the most interesting part of the program for me and I’m currently considering to do the Master in History of Architecture and Town Planning here at the University of Groningen. I am not yet sure of what I want to do afterwards, but there are plenty of possibilities.

Golden tip

If I have one tip for potential students: study what you find interesting! Studying takes up time and energy, but it is a lot easier if you enjoy your program!

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