Anna Sophie Kamps

Portrait Anna Sophie Kamps
Choose something that fascinates you, what you see yourself doing over and over again.
Name
Anna Sophie Kamps
Programme
Biology
Study start date
Previous education
VWO at CSG De Heemgaard

Anna Sophie Kamps is a Bachelor's student Biology at Radboud University. Anna Sophie wrote a testimonial about the Bachelor's programme and the atmosphere in Nijmegen. 

Why did you choose Radboud University?

I chose Radboud University because of the broad perspective and the cosy and welcoming feeling I received on the days I visited. I study the Bachelor's in Biology and this is the only university that specialises in the medical side of biology and not only the green side of it. It’s such a diverse Bachelor's that gives you a little taste of everything.

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

The transition from high school to university felt like a really big step. In the first weeks I really had to get used to the schedule and I needed to figure out how I wanted to study for the courses. We got a lot of information during the first week about all the programs that were needed for the Bachelor's, how you had to register for the courses and your tests. You got a lot of responsibilities and you needed to do everything yourself, even buying your own books. I know that’s normal, but compared to high school it was a little overwhelming. Luckily, we got a lot of help during those first weeks. Not only from the student advisors, also from the lecturers and the student assistants. Everyone had time to listen and was there for you if you needed help with something. Everyone was also placed in a groups of six, and that made it a lot easier to communicate with fellow students that were experiencing the same problems as you. It was a lot at first, but with everyone from the university around me, I got through it.

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

What I really like about the Bachelor’s programme is the general view you get on biology, so that you can see what you like the most. There are so many courses, with different trajectories and it still feels like there is so much more you can learn and discover. There is so much freedom in the Bachelor's. If you want to do more than just one direction, just ask and they will see if it’s possible. Another thing I really like is the way everything is organised. It makes it easier to oversee everything. I really thought that the programme would challenge me due to the language that had to be spoken: English. However, after a few weeks I knew better. Everything went automatically.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

The atmosphere in class is respectful, inspiring and sometimes playful. It really feels like the teachers and researchers want to teach us something. They are there to help us along the way, to give us more insight, to show us their knowledge and understanding of certain topics. It makes me motivated to learn new things. This is a great learning environment, where nothing you say will be discarded as if it’s dispensable. After a course is finished, they even ask for feedback on how they organised everything.

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

I am still uncertain about what I want to do after my Bachelor’s degree, but I hope it will be something that corresponds with the human biology trajectory I want to choose.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme?

I am a member of BeeVee, the study association of my programme, but I have not done anything with it. This is, for the most part, due to COVID-19 and all the restrictions it brought. I did buy my study books and materials there.

What do you like about Nijmegen?

Nijmegen gives me a feeling of security, of freedom and enjoyment. It is a new adventurous chapter, where I get to meet so many new people, get to experience new things and learn more about myself. I really appreciate the way the campus is built, because it makes it feel like a little city inside another city, and I belong there.

Did you visit any information meetings at the campus?

Before I signed up for my studies I went to an open day at the Radboud University. This was really useful, because I actually came there for the Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences. I had always wanted to do something with science, but I hadn’t quite figured out which Bachelor's I preferred and enjoyed more. When I went to some activities for the Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences, I found out that was not for me. I went to the information market, and that is where I found the Bachelor's in Biology. And look where I am now :)

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

When you choose a study programme do it because you want it, not because your friends are going there or your family expects you to do something. Choose something that fascinates you, what you see yourself doing over and over again. Something that makes you ramble to a friend or family member, because it gets you excited to learn more about it. Don’t focus all your attention on the future job opportunities or how much money you can earn with it. Do something you thoroughly enjoy.