Why Eva chose Psychology / Work and Organisational Psychology
Studying at Maastricht University (UM) is a personalised, life enriching experience that prepares you for the future, both professionally and personally. Our bachelor’s and master’s programmes are designed for students who have an intrinsic curiosity in human behaviour and health. Students ‘who want to go the extra mile’ on a professional and/or personal level. What’s your extra mile?
Eva, 25, is from Germany and stayed in Maastricht for the master’s programme in Psychology / Work and Organisational Psychology. “After my A-levels in Media & Design, I went to the United States to work as an au pair. Through a friend, I learned about Maastricht University and its Problem-Based Learning and that’s why I came to Maastricht for the bachelor’s programme in Psychology. I then decided to also stay for this Master.”
Eva’s extra mile in health: “Find out what kind of effect technology use at the workplace has on private life, mental health and the work-life balance.”
“Because I have so many interests, I chose a broad programme for my bachelor’s. Since I also work part-time in a retail job in Maastricht, I became interested in how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. That’s what made me decide to go for this master’s programme. Everything I’ve learned so far can be applied in real life.
Problem-Based Learning also makes a lot of sense to me, because it teaches you to look analytically and critically. I like the responsibility you carry for your own development and I always want to stay curious and open to learn new things.
I am looking forward to the research internship this year. I intend to find out more about how modern communication and technology tools affect mental health and work-life balance. There is hardly any research available on this topic. WhatsApp, for example, is a really useful tool, but how does this impact your work-life balance if you’re in a job and don’t have a company phone you can put aside after working hours?”