Hey, my name is Nicky and I am 24 years old. I grew up in Gouda, the city which is known for its cheese and syrup waffles. After high school, I moved to Delft, where I did my Bachelor in Life Science and Technology at the Technical University. This Bachelor is quite similar to a Bachelor in biotechnology. After my graduation, I worked for one year in a laboratory and then came to Wageningen to continue with my Master.
I already did my minor in Wageningen, in Plant Biotechnology, so I knew the university and the city. I decided to do my Master here since I really like the environmental approach and applications. Also the interdisciplinary aspect of combining technology to environment, economy and society was important for me. In Delft there was less choice in interdisciplinary biotechnology courses focussing on environment and sustainability. And so far, I am very happy with my choice to switch to Wageningen. The level here is perfectly matching the level in Delft and the interdisciplinary focus is a large contribution to obtain a better and more realistic view.
Next to studying, I like running, especially because you can do it outside, while enjoying the nature. Furthermore I like to sing jazz, in Delft I sang in a band, I hope I can also form a band here in Wageningen. With my father I try to set up a small company to make hair ties from recycled plastic or to make them biodegradable. So we hope we will succeed, at the moment we are still working out the concept. Wageningen and Delft are quite different from each other, especially the nature and the city centre. Wageningen is more green and there are more nice opportunities to walk or cycle, for example in ‘De Blauwe Kamer’ and at the ‘Wageningse berg’. It is also more quiet in the city centre, especially in the weekend. But on other aspects, it is comparable to Delft.
After graduation, I would like to do a PhD at this university and if this is possible for Environmental Technology. But this will depend on my Master thesis, which I want to do in the same chair group. Especially resource recovery has my interest, for example the phosphorous cycle. I have no idea yet what I would like to do for my internship, probably I will go abroad, but I am not sure yet. After my PhD I would like to work for a company to see more than only the academic world, probably at a position as engineer. The most important is that my future job should give me energy and I need to enjoy it, but I also want to contribute to a more sustainable, social and environmental friendly world.