Freya Syson

Freya Syson
I had never visited the Netherlands before I attended my Introduction Week so it was quite scary when I first arrived!
Freya Syson
Arts and Culture Studies
Country of previous education
United Kingdom
Study start date
Study end date
Previous education
A-Levels at St John Rigby College

Freya Syson is a British former Bachelor's student of Arts and Culture Studies.

Why did you decide to study in the Netherlands? 

I chose to study in the Netherlands because I had heard the country is quite open, relaxed and friendly. I had never visited the Netherlands before I attended my Introduction Week so it was quite scary when I first arrived! I had heard that Radboud University has a good reputation, especially for English-taught courses, so I was eager to visit and see what it was like to study abroad.

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

I found the transition between high school and university quite a shock! The teachers in the Faculty of Arts were all very supportive, I think this is what helped me most with the transition. My personal tutor was also very helpful, as were my peers in my mentor group.

What did you like about the Bachelor's programme and why?

I loved Arts and Culture Studies, the topics we cover are very broad (from a Western European perspective at least) and I learned so much. I found the highly theoretical courses quite a struggle, because I had no prior knowledge of cultural theory or gender theory (or of any art history, really), but it was taught in such a way that it was manageable to get to grips with.

What did you think about the atmosphere in class?

I think I was really lucky to be part of a very friendly and sociable year, my peers were very inquisitive and eager to learn and it was clear that the teachers really enjoyed teaching us!

Can you tell us about you career journey since graduating from the programme?

After following the second-year Bachelor's course Organizing the Creative Industries, I decided that I wanted to expand my knowledge of the field and study the Creative Industries Master's, so that's what I did. It was a good choice! At the moment I am writing my Master's thesis.

Were you involved with the study association of your programme? 

I've been involved with our study association, KNUS, since 2018. If I have to be honest it totally transformed my time at Radboud, without the association my experience would have been very different. I met so many wonderful people, attended so many insightful activities and had so many great times because of the association! I've been a member of many committees over the years; the Dutch-English Committee (now Inclusion Committee), the Travel Committee, the Party Committee, the Hitch-hike Committee and the Activity Committee. It's been very busy at times but well worth it!

What do you like about Nijmegen?

I really like the atmosphere in Nijmegen, it is the first city I've lived in and I think it was a great spring-board for the transition from high school life to 'adult' life. I find the people to be very friendly and warm, which made me feel at home from day one. Also, I find it to be big enough to be 'interesting' but not so big that you feel you could get lost or intimidated.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

I would advise students to thoroughly read the curriculum so they don't encounter any surprises later on in the year, and I would also recommend that they choose a programme which covers topics they're genuinely interested in, rather than topics that they're academically gifted at.