My Experience as an International Student in the Netherlands

5 april 2018 11:28

Why the Netherlands?

When I was in 11 th grade in high school, I started to realize that it was the right time for me to start thinking about my future. I always loved to travel and explore new places, so the idea of studying abroad came to me.

I attended multiple educational fairs, so I could find the place that suited me the most. It didn’t take me long to make a decision to come study in the Netherlands. What really helped me choose this country was the fact that almost everybody speaks English.

Study in Holland - Applied Computer Sciences

Also, the benefits you could get as a student here played very important role in taking my decision, because as a young adult, I figured that it was time for me to start taking care of myself on my own and I had to start helping out my parents however I could.

Why Applied Computer Sciences?

The first computer I got was when I was about 6 years old. I remember the feeling when I started the machine for the first time – it was then when my passion for electronics burned inside me.

By the time I started thinking about my future, I already knew that whatever I did, had to deal with computers. And that is why Applied Computer Sciences is the perfect fit for me. I get to study about computers, electronics, programming and a lot more.

As an Applied computer scientist, you get to learn about everything about computers- not only programming and software development, but how to work with hardware as well. I really enjoy the fact that we have to program in different languages, for different devices (computers and microcontrollers).  That is very important, because we are living in world full of technology and knowing how something works and how to make it work according to my wishes sound very cool to me.

One year before I came study at Saxion, I attended one of the Open Days. I got to meet teachers and students from this program, I got to see where the magic happens – that is when I figured that I already found the place I am going to spend my next 4 years of studying.

What advice would you give to my first-year self now?

The one and only advice I would give myself is “ Don’t worry, you are going to make it, take a break! ”.

In my first year at Saxion, I was very worried, because it was the first time I was on my own. I had to take care of everything all by myself! I spent most of my time at home working very hard to finish all my assignments. Because I was so serious about it, I spent most of my time at home, studying and I didn’t get to meet a lot of new people. If only I were more relaxed, because in the end I always managed to get everything done on time, even at least week before deadline. And of course, being under that much pressure, does not end up well. But later, I realized what was going wrong for me and it was time for me to make changes.

There’s more to study life!

The most rewarding experience I have had until now, other than my study itself, was deciding to join the International Office and be a student ambassador.

Thanks to the Bulgarian student ambassador – Stanislava, I got the opportunity to represent Saxion on multiple educational fairs. The experience was and is very valuable to me, because I get to meet a lot of people. And I feel like I know these people very well, because not long ago I was the very same young, confused teenager, who wanted to explore the world and had so many question about his future. As a student ambassador, I get to help these people, by giving answers to the question I know they have.

Are you thinking about studying abroad?

Go for it! If you can find the program that fits you at Saxion, then you found the right place for you.  The teachers are great and very helpful, you get to do multiple projects, meet new people and many other adventures that you have to experience yourself.