Floor Scheffers first studied Nutrition and Dietetics in The Hague after which she started the Master Nutrition and Health at the Wageningen University. During her study she was active in a committee and worked as a student coach. Now she is back in The Hague, working as a lecturer and simultaneously pursuing her wish to become a PhD.
“I really enjoyed studying in The Hague but during my second year I discovered that it was more depth and more knowledge I was looking for. I liked the nutrition part, but the dietetics part not that much. Before my graduation I went to the open days in Wageningen and it became very clear to me: this is it! At first I feared the statistical part, but during my first year in Wageningen this was no problem at all, I actually really liked it. Therefore I chose specialisation A, Epidemiology and Public Health.”
“To become more integrated with the University and Wageningen, since I did not study for my Bachelor’s degree in Wageningen, I joined the Education Committee. In this committee I was asked to give my opinion about courses to enhance the quality of the study. Eventually I became student coach of the Master Nutrition and Health, which I have enjoyed a lot. Potential future students could ask me questions about the study and I was always present at the open days to give information and presentations about the Master.”
“Even before the official graduation ceremony of my Master I started working as a lecturer for the bachelor study Nutrition and Dietetics at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, back to my roots! My lectures mainly include the topic of research. I have always thought about becoming a lecturer and while working as a student coach I discovered that I really like to make people enthusiastic about the study and the topic of Nutrition. When I was already working as a lecturer I participated in a training for didactic competences, which had a duration of half a year. During this training I have learned a lot about didactics, coaching and other parts of education, such as reviewing and examinations. Being a lecturer is a pretty tough job! It is not only about giving lectures, but also about developing courses and coaching students during their way to graduation. Also, I am part of a research group with some colleagues and supervise students during their internships and with their theses. All students that write a thesis at the Wageningen University are under my supervision, so it is nice to visit them sometimes and also see Wageningen again. I really like the diversity of my job; every day brings a new challenge. But most important, I like the contact with the students and their enthusiasm and to see their personal development. ”
Since Floor still has ambitions in scientific research she is now writing a PhD proposal and hopes to combine her work as a lecturer with doing a PhD.