Anastasia Papounidou

Portrait photo Anastasia Papounidou
I appreciate the informality between students and teachers since it allows you to bridge the gap between you and them and feel more at ease interacting with them.
Name
Anastasia Papounidou
Programme
Biomedical Sciences
Study start date
Study end date

Anastasia Papounidou is a Master's student of Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

I like how flexible this programme is and that you are not restricted to your choices. Even if you change your mind about enrolling in a course, you can easily deregister from it. This is perfect for someone with a wide range of interests and who wants to be able to determine their study programme. The fact that you have exams every month makes it much harder than in my previous education, therefore you must be careful not to waste your time. However, despite how demanding it is, you learn a lot and you still have some time for yourself.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The professors/researchers are eager to assist you with anything. Also, I appreciate the informality between students and teachers since it allows you to bridge the gap between you and them and feel more at ease interacting with them.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

The new life of moving to a new country, the new way of teaching and learning, and of course studying in a foreign language, all proved to be tough for me as an international student. Even more so because the educational educational system where I come from is completely different from the one in The Netherlands. Finding a method to adjust to all of this without getting stressed out was my primary challenge. However, you will cherish your time spent here as a student once you get a grasp of it.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

As part of this programme you have to do two internships: one research internship and the other depends on your profile. Since I am in my first year I will be doing my research internship over the spring and summer months. It will be in the area of language research, which I find extremely interesting.

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?

I believe that having a particular degree profile can open up a lot of professional prospects for you. In my opinion, it demonstrates that you not only have acquired the knowledge necessary for this particular field, but also a variety of practical skills that will put you ahead of other applicants in the job market. While I do not have specific plans, I do have an idea of what I would like to do. I want to promote better understanding of the brain in order to decrease the stigma associated with mental health issues. Furthermore, I am certain that after completing my studies and internships, I will be able to better shape and understand my future career path.