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Jelmer Herms

Master Ambassador Euroculture
Jelmer Herms

About Jelmer

Hi! My name is Jelmer Herms and I am currently a second-year student of the Euroculture MA Programme at the University of Groningen. After following an English Language and Culture BA here in Groningen, which I very much enjoyed, I found that I wanted to understand the increasingly complex world we live in from more than just the perspective of art, language, and literature. Euroculture and its interdisciplinary framework offered me that opportunity.

Why Euroculture?

By taking Europe (which is, of course, more than just the European Union) as the nodal point for understanding contemporary issues of politics, culture, and society, Euroculture gets to include many different sciences, from legal studies and historiography to cultural studies. This gave me the variety I was looking for. Another big upside for me personally was the option to choose between a research internship and a professional internship in the third semester since I could not quite make up my mind about whether to go into research or not at the time. Finally, the mandatory mobility track is another great aspect to this programme. Recognizing and adapting to other (academic) cultures, training soft skills, and generally experiencing the European neighbourhood we live in I can only describe as very beneficial for your professional and personal development. All of these things made applying a straightforward choice.

Why Groningen?

For me, the city of Groningen has always been the natural choice for studying. I have lived here for five years now, and all I can say is that the university itself offers high-quality education with great support, and that the city has a vibrant student life with a very diverse mix of people from all over the world. Although finding housing has become a bit tougher over the last few years, I would still recommend anyone to give Groningen a chance. In my experience, many a student has (rightfully) fallen in love with this place.

Future

My ambitions for the future are many. After finishing the programme, I hope to do a PhD in a field related to my MA thesis. If that plan, for some reason or another, does not work out the way I envisioned it, I will turn my degree to the job market. Although I have no specific kind of job in mind, I want to use my knowledge to improve and help shape Europe in a more sustainable way, perhaps as part of an interest group or a political movement.

Tip

My tip for those of you who might be interested in studying Euroculture is to seize the tools that this programme offers you with both hands. You have the opportunity here, through the assignments you get, the internship you follow, and the people you meet, to craft a profile for yourself that allows you to go in almost any direction that interests you academically or professionally inside (and in a lot of cases, outside) of Europe. Euroculture can be that next step towards your goals.

Last modified:20 January 2020 12.40 p.m.