Utku Zeki Ortal

Utku Zeki Ortal
Help from student assistants was always available for me to help me with my planning process.
Utku Zeki Ortal
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Tev Inanc Turkes High School For Gifted Students

Utku Zeki Ortal is a Bachelor's student Biology at Radboud University. In the second year of the programme Utku wrote a testimonial about the Bachelor's and atmosphere in Nijmegen.

Why did you choose Radboud University?
I was interested in pursuing a future in neuroscience and the Donders Institute were a large part of why I chose to study at Radboud University.

How did you experience the transition from high school to university?
The transition process was easier for me thanks to the portfolio courses inside my programme. Help from student assistants was always available for me to help me with my planning process.

What do you like about the Bachelor's programme and why?
I really like the fact that for the first half of the Bachelor's programme I got to experience a broad range of topics and courses so that I can choose what I am really interested in for the second half and focus on that.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?
Unfortunately for me, my first year of the programme started during the COVID-pandemic so the interaction between teachers and fellow students was less than what I'd hoped for. But the student association had activities I could attend every week to meet new people, which definitely made things feel much more normal.

What are your plans once you have received your Bachelor’s degree?
I am planning to take a 1-2 year break from studying and after that pursue a Master's degree in neuroscience.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme?
I am a member of my study association. I also take part in the Programme Committee (PC) for Biosciences.

What do you like about Nijmegen?
I like that it is a small city where I can find everything I need in close vicinity. The travel is also very easy and if I want to go somewhere else, the train trips are usually about 1-2 hours which is pretty convenient.

Did you visit any information meetings at the campus?
I did not have a chance to visit one of the meetings on campus.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?
My most important advice would be to find a programme that covers a broad context. It is hard to decide what you really want to do when you start University, and having a broad range of options really helps.