Corné van Roessel

Corné van Roessel
One thing that really helped was that the student advisors were always available for any questions I had.
Corné van Roessel
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Bachelor's Life Sciences at HAN in Nijmegen

Corné van Roessel is a Master's student Neurobiology at Radboud University. In the second year of the programme Corné wrote a testimonial about the Master's and atmosphere in Nijmegen.

Why did you choose Radboud University?

I chose Radboud University because I was already very familiar with the campus and city, prior to starting my Master's. It felt like the natural next step to take after I finished my Bachelor's degree. 

How did you experience the transition from a Bachelor’s programme to a Master’s programme?

It was difficult and liberating. Initially, it was difficult because during my Bachelor’s my schedule was much more defined and structured. Typically, there is a more defined structure in place that tells you what to do and when to do it. For the Master's degree you have complete freedom in how you organise your academic schedule/programme, and once I got used to it, I really liked it. One thing that really helped was that the student advisors were always available for any questions I had. 

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

The thing I like most is the freedom you have in 'designing' your own programme. You have a core set of courses you need to complete, but you also have to complete a number of courses of your own choosing. Additionally, you are completely free in where to do your two internships. Currently, I am doing a very fun and interesting internship at the Kolk lab which is part of the Molecular Neurobiology department, here at the Radboud University. Due to these reasons, you have a lot of control in what for topics you want to specialise in. This can be challenging as it is easier to have the university plan out your entire programme, but at the same time if you can handle the responsibility it is very rewarding. 

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?

Generally speaking, the atmosphere in class is really relaxed, teachers are very approachable and they are always very eager to answer questions. 

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

After my Master's degree, I will start a PhD focused on Neurobiological research.

Are you involved with the study association of your programme?

No, I have not been (directly) involved with our study association, although I have attended some events. However, I have been involved with the university sports associations, which has always been a lot of fun. 

What do you like about Nijmegen?

Nijmegen is a very diverse city that attracts all kinds of different people. I like meeting new people and I've felt that the diverse background of the many students here have led me to build up a very interesting friend group. Additionally, Nijmegen centrum has everything you need within walking distance, being from a small town I really appreciate that. 

Did you visit any information meetings at the campus before you signed up for your studies?

I was living in Canada when I applied for the programme, so I was not able to physically visit Radboud University. So prior to signing up, I read the study guides and watched videos which helped give me a good impression of what the study would be like. Additionally, I also asked friends that were already studying here what their opinion on the programme was.

What would you advise students when choosing a study programme?

Make sure that the main focus of the programme is something you are interested in and is something see yourself doing in the future. I am a strong believer that if you like something and are consistently hard working towards your goal, you will succeed.