Sophie Neitzel

Studentenverhaal

I think that I will have a higher chance of a job after this Master’s

Student Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management
Prior Education: Applied Biology, HAS University of Applied Sciences Den Bosch

It took some getting used to: the first weeks were a lot of searching for buildings and rooms on the extremely large campus.
Sophie, student Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management

Orientation

Follow-up training or not? I stood for that choice a couple of years ago when my Bachelor’s Applied Biology was coming to an end. I am Sophie and I have always been busy with animals and nature. Applied Biology at the HAS was therefore an obvious choice. During my studies at the HAS I realised that I wanted to specialise myself in the marine world, because this had always fascinated me. When I was in my third year, I started orientating myself and I found out that there is a Master’s program at the WUR called Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management. At an information evening I discovered that I was permissible with my Bachelor’s at the HAN. I enrolled immediately and in May I heard that I had been admitted: a pre-Master’s was unnecessary as I had taken the correct courses and done the correct graduation assignment at the HAS.

Transition from an Applied Sciences to a Research University

In September I then finally started my further education at the WUR. It took some getting used to: the first weeks were a lot of searching for buildings and rooms on the extremely large campus. Also, all of the courses were in English: quite hard in the beginning but it gets used to quickly because half of the student body in my class was international. In some courses there were as many as 20 different nationalities! That is something that I liked immediately about the WUR and something that I surely had missed a bit at the HAS. The courses that I took were doable as long as the course material was kept up with. That is quite an effort as the work load is a lot more than at the HAS and the pace is a lot higher. Which is to be expected of a Master’s program off course.

Freedom of choice

I find it pleasant that there is a lot of freedom in choosing a specialisation and courses.  Like so, one gets the opportunity be educated more broadly or more specifically. I chose for the first because my background in marine biology was nonexistent: I am doing two specialisations, namely Aquaculture and Fishery. By now my first year of courses has been completed and in September I am allowed to start my internship which I will be doing at IMARES Wageningen UR on Bonaire. Herein I will map the fish stocks and coral reefs surrounding Bonaire.

Future

My major thesis I will be doing in Indonesia or on the Philippines where I will work on sustainable tuna fishing. I think that I will have a higher chance of a job after this Master’s: I even got offered two jobs at different aquaculture companies during a course for the WUR in Norway! Whether I will stay in the Netherlands or go abroad I am unsure about. Going abroad has always had my preference so if I get the chance, then I will go abroad for a bit after I graduate. Whether that will be for work or for a PhD I do not know yet.

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