"I liked the fact that the programme not only focused on either economics or geography, I liked the combination of the two. During the Master’s programme, I became more and more enthusiastic about economics, for example about globalization and spatial development. In my previous studies, I did the Bachelor’s programme in Geography, Planning and Environmental studies. The Master’s programme built well on the Bachelor’s programme with regard to the knowledge gained.
The teachers have very good knowledge of economic geographies. They are enthusiastic about their research domain and they know how they could motivate students well. I had good contact with the teachers. The teachers are interested in the opinions of the students. I especially liked the discussions during the lessons.
I had my doubts about the language of the Master’s programme. My English was not that good at the beginning of the program. However, thanks to writing assignments and giving presentations I was soon able to improve my English language skills.
I am currently doing an internship at the municipal government of Haarlem. I am investigating the diversification of the range of shops in the Haarlem city centre. The municipal government of Haarlem had a need for an investigation on how to make the city centre future-proof, with more stores that complement future visitor needs (the ‘’experience city’’). That is why I investigated the interests of smaller scaled creative entrepreneurs, in order to guarantee a diverse range of shops that complement future visitor needs. I liked writing about this recent phenomenon.
The skills I learned during the Master’s programme will be of great value to me. I feel well prepared for the labour market. After I get back from my vacation I will start applying for a job. I hope to find a place where I can do a traineeship, preferably at a municipal or provincial government."