Hello, my name is Sandra and I come from Mexico City. The switch to Wageningen was big, but promising and I enjoy my stay and learning here. I am 25 years old and I did a 4 year Bachelor in Biology in National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM. I am now enrolled in the master Biobased Science and I do the specialisation Biomass production and Carbon Capture.
I came to Wageningen because it is one of the few and best European universities that offer a study in which social, environmental and technological aspects are all interrelate, what is needed for our society. During my Bachelor thesis, I got in touch with topics related with climate change, carbon storage and sustainable management. I also learnt that local people are a key aspect for having success in environmental projects. Being part of projects with socio-environmental impact has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable so far, and leaves me with the feeling that I would like to continue an academic path in this field. The study model were quite different from what I was used to in Mexico, for example I never heard about the concept circular economy, but it is really interesting and useful. For the course Circular Economy, we went to OrgaWorld in Amsterdam and I enjoyed this a lot, because I was able to make a connection to the practical application of the study.
Next to my Master, I am learning Dutch, just to understand more about the culture. But of course studying is not the only thing I do, regularly I meet friends, I have a lot of contact with my roommates and also with other people from Latin-America. Furthermore I like to go to sports centre the Bongerd, where I usually do yoga or swimming. I really enjoy the international environment of Wageningen, it is a very secure, quiet town and I like the fact you can go everywhere by bike. I only miss the good weather and food from Mexico and of course my family and friends who live there.
For my thesis and internship I don’t know yet what I would like to do. I have a lot of interest in carbon capture, but also in more social topics, for example teaching and human behaviour. Because if many people are aware of the situation we are in, we can generate ideas that put in question what is happening. Perhaps, it wouldn´t be a radical change in the way of living, but small actions can lead to bigger steps, because when several people are aware of their reality, they can make constructive changes. After my graduation, probably I will stay in the Netherlands if there are good working opportunities here. If not, I will go back to my home country. In future I would like to do a PhD, but first I will try to find a job and get some working experience. Next to studying and working, I love travelling and practice sports; I would like to go to Thailand; and to the North of Europe to see the aurora. Definitely I would like to learn more about other cultures, ways of thinking and see more landscapes.