Hey! My name is Marit Marinus and I am 19 years old. I am from Groningen and I am now in my second year of the Bachelor International Relations and International Organisation (IRIO). I started studying right after finishing secondary school. IRIO really fits my interest, meaning that I have never doubted my choices.
In addition to my studies, I followed an Italian language course and participated in a Model United Nations program. I also play flute and follow Contemporary Dance lessons at the USVA. I am still considering to join a committee this year, and I work as the current student ambassador for IRIO!
There are a number of reasons for which I chose IRIO. Firstly, I always knew in middle school that I found national and international politics as well as social topics very important and interesting. After I had visited the university through the ‘Student for a Day’ program, I no longer had any doubts. I thought it would be fascinating to learn about a variety of different disciplines ranging from economics to political science. The international side also appealed to me as the study exposes you to a variety of different cultures. Moreover, you learn about world news in the context of your study, which allows you to see global events and the world around you in a different light. Finally, I still hope that I can make the world a (even if only minimally) better place. This study seemed to be extremely suitable for that goal.
As I am from Grijpskerk, a small village just outside Groningen, I know the city quite well. It is more or less my hometown and I already knew how cosy and diverse Groningen is as there are plenty of students and hence always plenty of things to do. The city therefore feels like a big village. Additionally, the study I wanted to do was offered here – there was ultimately no reason for me to go to another city.
I am not quite sure yet what I want to do later. As the study is very diverse, it opens up a lot of future opportunities. I could see myself working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but an academic career could also be a possibility.
My tip for future students is probably already known, but inform yourself about all possible studies and attend some open days. Also, ask as many questions as possible to the people already doing your program because they can give you a good impression of what life as a student is like. Choose a program that you are truly passionate about!
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