Finding the right bachelor programme was not so easy for me. I was interested in health, psychology and economics, which is at first sight a weird combination. When I found out about University College Venlo I realized that I did not had to choose between one of my interests, instead I could combine them.
At Universtity College Venlo (UCV) I am free to combine my personal interests. Several courses in our curriculum are related to nutrition and health. So you can learn about all kinds of topics, while applying it to nutrition and health. For example, one of my courses was psychology of eating where I learned psychological theories and applied them to cases related to nutrition. But I also did courses such as microeconomics, entrepreneurship and behaviour change.
Designing you own curriculum is also very motivating. Every time a new period starts, I am truly looking forward to work on the new courses I have chosen myself. Sometimes you might have to take a course you do not really enjoy, but of which you know it will be important for your future. Knowing why you take this course makes you able to still find the motivation to work hard for it.
The good thing about UCV is that it is not a problem if you are not sure which direction you want to go. I took a biology course an realized that it is not the way I want to go. Instead I found out that psychology is much more interesting to me. Before picking new courses, you always meet with your personal academic advisor. This is very helpful because he or she will guide you in picking the right courses so you end up with a meaningful curriculum. My courses mainly focus on consumer behaviour and how to help people to make healthy choices. Health, psychology and economics was not such a weird combination after all.
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