Esmée Ruesink

Esmee Ruesink
One of the biggest assets for me personally is that the instructors are very kind and knowledgeable and always eager to help you brainstorm when you get stuck or find ways to work around problems you encounter.
Name
Esmée Ruesink
Programme
Transatlantic Studies: History, Culture and Politics
Country of previous education
The Netherlands
Previous education
Bachelor American Studies

Esmée studies Transatlantic Studies at Radboud University.

Why would you recommend this Master's program?

I am a student of the Transatlantic Studies master’s program at Radboud University. I previously graduated from the American Studies bachelor’s program and continued developing my interest in this field by choosing the accompanying master. I am very satisfied with my choice due to the program being sufficiently challenging even with my background in the bachelor, it is definitely not ‘more of the same’, so to speak. Also one of the biggest assets for me personally is that the instructors are very kind and knowledgeable and always eager to help you brainstorm when you get stuck or find ways to work around problems you encounter.

One of my favorite courses would have to be Current Issues in Transatlantic Relations. I really enjoyed the class due to its ‘hackathon’ structure, which means that every week there was a societal partner that presented us which a problem related to their field to work on during a short period of time. American Culture in a Global Context was also a favorite of mine due to it being a perfect match with my personal and academic interests. It introduced me to many new concepts and perspectives in the world of cultural academics that I never had lectures on before, like environmentalism, the rise of China in the global sphere, and K-Pop.

How did this Master's programme prepare your for your career?

For the second semester I chose to do an internship due to me wanting to garner some work experience and give myself a push into the direction I want to pursue a career in after I graduate. I have always had a passion for arts and culture so I knew I wanted to land a job somewhere in this field. That is how I ended up as an intern at LUX Nijmegen, which is Nijmegen’s arthouse and also the biggest art cinema of Europe. As an intern, I aid other program makers in getting programs and events from concept to the stage. The two projects I am currently working on are a symposium around the topic of the relationship between media and politics and a movie event on the topic of love in the 21st century. I really enjoy taking the knowledge I acquired in my studies and being able to apply it in a way that matches my personal interests.