Kim-Jasmin Menssing

Kim-Jasmin Menssing
The most fascinating as well as challenging part of Geography is that it is not narrowed down to one single scientific discipline.
Name
Kim-Jasmin Menssing
Programme
Urban and Cultural Geography
Study start date
Previous education
Bachelor in Geography

Kim-Jasmin Menssing is a Master's student Urban and Cultural Geography.

'What I really enjoy in my specialisation is the opportunity to move to different cities to experience in the field what we have learned in theory in the classroom. On the other hand, the specialisation tends to get really theoretical and abstract sometimes, which can be quite challenging.

Studying the Urban and Cultural Geography track at the Radboud University is a great experience. Strictly according to the motto challenge and promote, the teachers expect a lot of the students, but they will also provide you with their help. Thereby, they don't act from a higher hierarchical position but rather interact with the students on eye sight, thus creating a really good atmosphere for studying.

The most challenging experiences I had so far were getting used to the amount of research papers one has to read every week, as well as the workload one has to fulfill in order to get the credits of the course.

For my Master's thesis I am doing an internship in a project of the HAN University at the moment. The project analyses voluntary work in the Netherlands and Germany and how each country can learn from the other. For my thesis I will analyze the political structures for volunteering in each country and how the interaction between municipalities and volunteers could be improved through the cross border exchange of ideas and working approaches.

The most fascinating as well as challenging part of Geography is that it is not narrowed down to one single scientific discipline. Geography touches a lot of different disciplines and thereby provides a platform for combining them in order to get the best solutions for problems. The specialisation of Human and Cultural Geography focusses on humans and how they life together. With the globalization, people tend to not stay at their home town for their whole life anymore but to move to different cities in different countries, thus creating the challenge for cities to cope with the needs of more and more multicultural societies. At the same time cities need to get more sustainable and get prepared for the challenges of the climate change.'