My name is Ellen, I’m 23 years old and will be starting my Master in Economics of Public Policy and Management this September, next week that is. I consider myself a very experienced student, since I’ve been one for about 5 years now. Back in 2006 I started my bachelors in Economics here at the Utrecht University School of Economics (USE). I got sidetracked along the way but since I liked studying at USE a lot, I ended up being a student at the same school again.
My sidetracks from studying do not only behold drinking and partying, as some people think that is the only thing student life defines. When I started in 2006 I immediately became an active member at the study association ECU’92. ECU’92 brought me the life I have now. It brought me, among other things, a significant group of friends, several studytrips to various locations and I have to admit a little bit of partying and drinking was involved too. It brought me a boardyear in which I’ve learned lots about myself, about my fellow boardmembers, about working together very intensively and it had a very nice, let’s say.. ‘side-effect’. It got me a boyfriend. Next to that it gave me a network which helped me along in different ways. For example the letter of recommendation I got from the Dean of the school, who I worked with earlier, helped huge amounts in getting into the State University of New York – Binghamton, where I stayed for half a year. Next to my board year that half a year is the second big ‘sidetrack’ I took, which I enjoyed intensively.
After returning from the US this January, with a backpack full of new stories, beautiful places I’ve visited and new friends to visit all over the world, but unfortunately with not a penny left, I left my academic adventures for what they were and started looking for a job. And again thanks to the network my board year left me, I got a job at an investment agency fairly quickly. Working 36 hours a week is something you get used to very fast and I really enjoy my job. Lucky as I am they’ve asked me to stay working at the company for 16 hours a week next to my masters upcoming year.
Which brings me to starting studies again in about 2 weeks, and it might be that the proverb mentioned earlier does apply to that..