Alumniverhaal

Alumna Floor Scheffers – MSc Nutrition and Health

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 like the diversity of my job; every day brings a new challenge

Wageningen

“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.”

Student coach

“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.”

Lecturer

“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.