Lotte van Elteren

Portrait Lotte van Elteren
Stopping by a teacher's office is sometimes preferred to sending an email, and the teachers seem happy to help out.
Lotte van Elteren
Artificial Intelligence
Study end date
Previous education
BA Philosophy

Former student Lotte van Elteren studied Artificial Intelligence.

Why did you choose Radboud University?

I chose this university because I love the city of Nijmegen. It's a city full of kind and environmentally conscious people. A large part of the population are students, so the whole city appears to be built for student life.

How did you experience the transition from high school to university? How did the university assist you with this transition?

When I started at Radboud University I joined the Orientation Week. This gives you the best start to any programme. You will meet people from your own studies, which can be very useful, but also from other programmes. It helped me to find my way around the university.

What do you like about the Bachelor's programme and why? How has the programme challenged you?

I enjoy the courses where we apply our knowledge from both psychology and computing science into a bigger project. It can sometimes feel like solving a puzzle, which means that the end result is satisfying. I also enjoyed learning how to programme, since I had never done that before starting the Bachelor.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

I find the atmosphere to be quite informal. Stopping by a teacher's office is sometimes preferred to sending an email, and the teachers seem happy to help out. I also enjoy that there are a lot of opportunities to speak to the students from higher years, for example through our student association.

What are your plans once you have received your Bachelor’s degree?

After my Bachelor's degree, I will join the Artificial Intelligence Master's degree at Radboud University.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme? If so, in what way?

I joined our study association CognAC in my first year. I liked that there is a lot of interaction between the students from different years of the Bachelor, and even the Master's programme. I was 21 years old when I started the programme, so I wanted to meet some people of my own age. After I finished my first year I became a mentor during the Orientation Week, which is organised by CognAC.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

Deciding what to study is a very difficult process. I advise seeing as many universities, programmes and try-out days as possible. I also advise you to look further than just the programme: the city, the people and the atmosphere on campus can be just as important.