Hello! My name is Simone and I started the International Development Studies master’s programme in September 2019. I’m half-Dutch, half-Nicaraguan and grew up moving around Latin America. After finishing high school, I came to the Netherlands to study at Leiden University College, where I specialized in Human Diversity. I opted for this programme mainly due to its practical and interdisciplinary character. The option to choose a specialization was particularly attractive to me, as it allows you to adapt the programme to your specific background and interests. The fact that it is a two-years programme also gives you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and research skills through, for instance, the academic consultancy training, internship and thesis fieldwork. I am truly happy to be studying in Wageningen University and I think I couldn’t have opted for a better programme. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!