What did you like about the Master's programme and why?
I especially liked the fact that the programme enabled me to challenge myself in a way that I can control myself. For instance, you can choose 5 (or more) out of 13 courses to design your own programme. Also, you are free to choose your own research topics. In my previous education, most of my courses were obligatory and I felt less independent.
What did you think about the atmosphere in class?
Something I really appreciated about our Master's is that the cohorts were relatively small and you get to know everybody quite well, including the teachers. This resulted in a relaxing class atmosphere where you can share anything you want. In addition, we also strove to bring out the best in each other.
What did you find most challenging in your Master’s?
During my first year, the work pressure was the most challenging for me. I do have to say, however, that this is not only due to the Master's but also because I like to do many extra activities besides studying (such as working as a research assistant). My organisational skills have definitely improved!
Can you tell a little bit about your internship?
I have completed an internship at Iriszorg, an institution in addiction care. My Iriszorg supervisor is a RMBS-alumni herself, so it was very nice to work with her as she knows exactly what is expected from me as a second-year RMBS student. My major project focused on the evaluation of a smoking cessation programme in patients with comorbid Substance Use Disorder at a clinical facility of Iriszorg.
Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
Thinking about the future of science, I think it is incredibly important to have well-trained researchers who know how to conduct good, reliable, and transparent research. I believe people with a RMBS degree are ready to make a worthwhile contribution to science and/or society. Once I have obtained my Master's degree, I hope to find a PhD position and build up a career in research!