I experienced that the academic standard in The Netherlands is quite high.To be able succeed in all courses I had to really focus and study hard. After completing all my courses, thesis-time came. I am really interested in immunology and I knew that a thesis subject was available in the group of Nematology.
Before I finally found the topic that was really interesting for me and also related with my work, I did intensive communication with Arjen Schots, a lecturer in immunotechnology and associate professor in Nematology. He gave a lot of advice and insight by taking into account my educational background and the future of my career. Finally he gave me opportunity for me to do my thesis under the supervision of Ruud Wilbers. I thought that carrying out my thesis would be a difficult step, however, it was not true in Nematology. I felt convenient, because my communication with my supervisor happened smoothly. All people in Nematology were also very open to me as international student. I found my second home far away from home. I knew almost everyone in nematology and even when they did different research they are also willing to help me when I had difficulties with my experiment. They were also very open for discussion. My supervisor also convinced me that everything here was about learning. Hence, I should not be afraid if I did not understand something. It was very encouraging and gave me confidence along my thesis. Until finally I finished my thesis, I felt too sad to leave the group and return to my home country, Indonesia. Nematology has changed my perception about thesis work and I am proud to have been a member of this group.