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Juul van der Harst

Master Ambassador Classics
Juul van der Harst

Hey! My name is Juul van der Harst and currently I’m doing the track ‘Classics’ within the master Classics & Ancient Civilizations.

Why this master?

As someone who loves the classics, I have been very happy doing the Bachelor's programme in Classical Studies. I continued my education in Groningen because I liked the ambiance at the university and the focus on the cultural aspect as well as the languages. I wanted to become a teacher, but at the same time, I wanted to enrich my academic view on Antiquity. Therefore I decided to do the Education Master which consists of 60 ECTS Classical Studies and 60 ECTS didactics, to get the best of both worlds.

Freedom and independence

A nice thing about this master is the large extent of freedom you’ll get. A small number of courses are obligatory, but besides those, you can choose courses from other studies like Archaeology, Philosophy or Ancient History. There are also possibilities outside the RUG: take for example the Master Language programme, in which I took the Greek Epigraphy course. Most of these courses are research courses and this means you can largely decide your own topic and research area. This will enhance your motivation and your ability to find out where your strong points and preferences lie – something which education is all about, I think. I have noticed that I’m interested in religion and poetry, and I’ve really enjoyed developing this further during the classes.

During this master you’ll have very few classes: I have to go to class 6 hours a week on average. Most of the work has to be done by yourself and therefore requires a lot of independence and planning. Besides, as wonderful as they are, the classical languages are a lot of work and at times rather difficult. But teachers will always be willing to help you and due to the small scale, there is a lot of contact between students. It also means you learn on your own to analyze critically, research literature properly and set up your own research. So if you take all these things into consideration, you will be alright and you will be in possession of a diploma that shows you have a lot of extensive knowledge and an ability to work hard!

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