Hayal Cantürk

Hayal Cantürk
There is room to make jokes here and there and the atmosphere doesn't have to be strict all the time.
Hayal Cantürk
Previous education
Gymnasium at Dominicus College

Hayal Cantürk is a last-year Bachelor's student Biology at Radboud University.

Why did you choose Radboud University?

I chose Radboud University because it is close to where I live, so I could keep on living with my parents. Furthermore, from the open days I went to, it looked like a nice school with friendly and welcoming people.

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

Honestly the transition from high school to university was way easier than I expected. In 5 and 6 VWO you are already expected to be able to work on your own, and this didn't change for university. If you are having trouble keeping up you can always visit the student advisor but for most people this will not be necessary.

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

The Bachelor's Biology starts off broad to give you time to figure out what branch of Biology you like, and narrows down later. This is really pleasant if you're not sure which branch you want to pick right away. The study can be challenging because of this, because you will have to do a lot of different branches at the same time, which can be hard.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

The atmosphere between the students and teachers is formal but still casual. This is nice as there is room to make jokes here and there and the atmosphere doesn't have to be strict all the time.

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

After I have received my Bachelor's degree, I want to go straight onto my Master's specialisation. This way, I don't lose momentum.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme?

I am not involved with the study organisation, this was a personal choice as I am not that keen on partying and going drinking. The study organisation also organizes other activities, but I didn't feel like I would gain much by joining. There are other ways to socialize outside the study organisation, and it works well enough for me.

What do you like about Nijmegen?

I am born and raised here! It is a very social city with many young people and lots of places to socialise. It is also a history city and it is very interesting to learn more about it.

Did you visit any information meetings at the campus before you signed up for your studies?

I went to open days and asked older students for their experiences. This was very useful and it really gave me insight on what to expect.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

Find a balance between your interest and qualities. Pick a study you are interested in, but one you are also good in, so you won't get too many difficulties.