Hi all, my name is Tom Smits and I am 23 years old. I graduated my high school in Thailand and did my bachelor's in Economic and Social history in Scotland. I just started my master's Biobased Science in Wageningen, with a specialisation in biobased and circular economy.
I came to Wageningen University because it is a world renowned university for Life Sciences and it contributes to a lot of research relatable to the sustainable industry. As a student you are confronted not just with education but also with business and industry as the campus is integrated that way.
I chose this master's to be part of a growing and exciting industry and study, truly preparing you for future challenges. And until now I definitely like the study, it challenges you to understand all aspects of biobased sciences and shows you how it can only be effective with an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, this course is a great starting point to get into this innovative and developing industry.
I was overwhelmed with the amount of opportunities there were outside your study. I joined everything I could and tried to go to all the introduction drinks, talks and meetings. You realise that Wageningen is a network hub and everyone is willing to help out. Through this network hub I’ve been able to go to Uganda to work on a consultancy project with aim of closing loops.
Coming from a urbanised city it was quite strange coming to Wageningen. The loud city noises are replaced by a little peace and quiet. That being said though, there is still a great nightlife. With the many student unions around you will find there is always something to do and opportunities to make friends. Not just with student unions but also with various university-organised network events you have the chance to meet many friends and people.
I don’t know yet what I want to do for my thesis and internship, because there are so many interesting aspects implemented in this master's. And every week my interest changes, for example I never knew that phosphorus cycles and phosphorous recovery would take my interest, but after the lectures in the course Circular Economy, I loved this topic and read more and more about it. Nevertheless, I’ve always had an interest in agriculture and food security so I think that I will be focusing on this area. After graduation, I really hope to work in developing countries and implement biobased and circular systems which benefit all people. Furthermore I would love to combine this with travelling the world, discovering new cultures and using diversity to develop a stream of innovative products and services.