Tim van Alten

Tim van Alten
The Bachelor's programme in Computing Science is rather diverse, with plenty of options to explore your own fields of interest which is something I really like!
Tim van Alten
Computing Science
Previous education
VWO at Fons Vitae Lyceum, Amsterdam

Student Tim van Alten is following the Bachelor's programme Computing Science.

Why did you choose Radboud University?

I chose Radboud University mainly based on the feeling I got when visiting the open day. I saw lecturers and students interacting like equals, and I liked both the information session and the trial lecture very much.

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

Even though there are big differences between education in high school and in university, I felt like we were given plenty of guidance to make the transition easier. In the end, the thing that helped me most was studying with other students.

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

The Bachelor's programme in Computing Science is rather diverse, with plenty of options to explore your own fields of interest, which is something I really like! The quality of education is very good in my eyes, and there is a good balance between groupwork, projects and individual work. We have many 'smaller' courses running in parallel, which sometimes makes it a little difficult to keep an overview of everything, but this also makes your weeks very diverse and less monotone.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

I very much like the atmosphere at the institute. From the first day, I've always felt like I was being taken seriously by older / other students and teachers alike.

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

I'm planning on deviating a little bit from Computing Science, as I want to apply to the Master's programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society in at the University of Twente in Enschede.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme?

I've been very active in the study association Thalia, being in numerous committees, and also taking part in the board for a year.

What do you like about Nijmegen?

Having grown up in Amsterdam, Nijmegen is a bit smaller then I was used to, but this is something I grew to like very much! Everything is quite close, while still feeling as a city, with many beautiful spots and plenty of things to do. Additionally, I definitely like the fact that Radboud University has one campus (which is very close to the city as well), making it very easy to follow courses at other faculties or meeting people from other programmes.

Did you visit any information meetings at the campus?

I went to two open days of Radboud University; one for orientation, and the second to make sure I was making a good decision.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

Make the decision that feels good! Whatever people say or reasons you can come up with for all options, the most important thing is whether the choice feels good!