Myrthe Reuver

Portrait Myrthe Reuver
I was astonished to see how much I had learned during the two-year Master’s programme.
Myrthe Reuver
Linguistics and Communication Sciences (research)
Current role
PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam
Previous education
English Language and Culture, Radboud University

Former student Myrthe Reuver studied Linguistics and Communication Sciences (Research Master's).

After finishing the Bachelor's programme English Language and Culture, Myrthe decided she wanted to do a Research Master's. "I have experienced the Research Master’s Linguistics and Communication Sciences as a programme that offers a very pleasant and open learning environment.

What really sticks with me, especially after looking around for Research Master’s programmes at other universities, is the fact that we have a Research Master’s that offers substantive and in-depth courses, with a focus on research (instead of electives from regular MA programmes). I was astonished to see how much I had learned during the two-year Master’s programme, and how much more I had learned by going through with it when things got difficult or when I was unsure of something."

What do you do now? "I am a PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam, where I investigate diversity in news recommender systems. The academic skills I have acquired during my Research Master’s are very useful now, not only when it comes to programming, but also when I need to discuss research or literature with others, or when I think about research in general."

Myrthe points out that her job is very current and relevant. "The work I do is all about societal and scientific issues. Research on diversity in news recommender systems can be linked to the filter bubble, a situation in which internet users only see news and information that supports what they already believe and like. I find it important to use my specialisation (Computational Linguistics) to contribute to this type of research, and hopefully to solutions to the societal issues it is concerned with as well."

Do you have any tips for future students? "I would advise you to be open-minded towards all courses you take, even the more general ones that do not have a direct link to your specialisation, and try to discover what you can get out of them."