Hello, my name is Miguel, I am 23 years old and I just started the master programme Biobased Sciences, with a specialisation in Biomass Production and Carbon Capture. Before I came to Wageningen, I lived almost my whole life in Valencia. I did my Bachelor in Biology with a specialisation in conservation and biodiversity at the University of Valencia, which took 4 years. I really enjoyed this Bachelor, since biology is one of the most beautiful things to study.
However, I decided to come to the Netherlands, since I really like the country. Although it is very cold here, there are very good social and environmental policies and regulations. The choice for Wageningen was mainly because of this master programme, but also because it is one of the best universities in the world. I chose Biobased Sciences to get a more realistic view of the world, since this master not only focuses on biology, but also on other research areas, like economics and social sciences. I really wanted to learn how to integrate social, economic and environmental aspects to get a total view of a topic. This interdisciplinary aspect already was present very well in the courses I took in the first period. Those two courses made me think in a total different way than I was used to before.
I really like the international and green environment of Wageningen. I enjoy nature, and you only have to cycle for 10 minutes to be in the forest. I usually go there to find mushrooms, because there are a lot in the Netherlands and searching mushrooms is one of my hobbies. It was also very nice to see that there are so many international students, this made me feel welcome and it was easy to make new friends.
Next year I will do my thesis and internship, both in the Netherlands. For my thesis I think I would choose a topic in Crop Physiology. After finishing my study, I would like to stay in the Netherlands to work and make a scientific career. I would love to work in a company, preferably where they focus on seaweeds. This crop has a very huge potential to provide us new nutrients, products and chemicals, but there is still very little knowledge. Maybe when I worked for some years, I would like to do a PhD for a company.