Hi all, my name is Nicola and I come from a village in the North of Italy. I am 27, so a bit older than the rest, this is because I did many different things before I came here. At the moment I am involved in the Master Biobased Science with a specialisation in Biorefinery and Conversion.
After high school I went to England for one year to learn English, hereafter I went to Avans hogeschool in Breda to study Environmental Sciences. This study took me 4 years, in the last year I have been on Internship to India and to South Africa and worked there on different projects. After this I went back to Italy and worked there at two companies on different environmental projects. Two years later I decided to come to Wageningen to do this Master and get a more technical application of what I learned before.
I came to Wageningen, because I have read that it is a good university. The master fitted my interest in resource recovery and the activities that I would like to do in future are in line with this master. I really like the style of studying here, since the approach is more practical. Also the environment on the university is very good, there are a lot of nice people and it was easy to feel home. In advance I did not really know what to expect from the master, but I really liked the courses we had in the first period, since they were integrating different fields that are important to form a biobased economy. Next to studying, I like to be in nature, I like to go cycling, especially when it is sunset time. But I miss the mountains here, in Italy I usually went mountain biking, but here in the Netherlands I only have a normal road bike.
After my study I would love to become a ‘next generation’ farmer with a small biorefinery on my land where I make my own products. I would like to be independent and have my own activities. I hope that I can be an example for others and that I can collaborate with local farmers and companies to make this dream come true. I prefer to do it in Italy, because the climate is very nice and of course because it is my home country.