Lydia Speijker

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Microbes are super interesting, are (almost) everywhere, and can have immense impact on all different kinds of organisms.
Lydia Speijker
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Previous education
Bachelor (HBO), biology and medical laboratory research, NHL/Stenden/Van Hall Larenstein

Student Lydia Speijker is following the Master's programme Microbiology. 

What I like about the programme/specialisation is that I feel like I've learned a lot more theory and background knowledge compared to my previous education. During my previous education I've learned to do more practical stuff in combination with theory. However, this specialisation has challenged me to think deeper and further into the matter and really put my knowlegde to the test. This is something I'm really enjoying, since both a broad and specific kind of knowlegde in microbiology is very useful, especially for my future career.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

I really enjoy the atmosphere in class. Since microbiology is not a huge specialisation (regarding how many people are allowed in), you really get to know each other. Both students and teachers, which I've found helpful and supporting to know you're not just a number but the teachers/researchers also actually know who you are.

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

The most challenging in my Master's specialisation was the amount of knowledge which was required, having to learn a lot of matter in a short time. I actually passed the compulsory courses in one go, but at the beginning of the first year I definitely was not sure if I would be able to.

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

I am currently performing an internship, which is on the medical microbiology side. We are looking at risk factors for infection of prosthetic material in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.

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 think it's important that there are people out there with this degree because it's a very specialised area and there aren't a lot of people with this kind of expertise. Microbes are super interesting and are (almost) everywhere, and they can have immense impact on all different kinds of organisms. Once I have my master's degree, I plan on either going into research or into more of an advisory role.