Lieke van Laarhoven (the Netherlands), Human Movement Sciences
After I graduate I would like to research the relationship between nutrition and performance. A dream job would be to become involved in the national ladies soccer team

Studying at Maastricht University (UM) is a personalised, life enriching experience that prepares you for the future, both professionally as 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?

“Since I’m a sports fanatic myself with a passion for soccer, inline skating and cycling, I have a bachelor’s degree from a Sports Academy. I felt I lacked in-depth knowledge, though. 

I am particularly interested in the relationship between nutrition and sports performance and I felt I lacked in-depth knowledge in that field. I started to look around for suitable master’s programmes and visited an Open Day at the UM. I was immediately enthusiastic because of the friendly and helpful attitude of everyone. One of the deciding factors for me was the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method, since you study in a very interactive way, which I like.

I chose this programme because of its contents, but also because it was one year and small-scale. That suits my situation and personality. So far, I’m very happy with my choice. I’ve chosen the track ‘Sports and Nutrition’ which is exactly what I was looking for. My fellow students all come from very different backgrounds. Some are professional athletes, others work in a health or scientific setting. There are a lot of international students, too, and they bring their own perspective and temperament into the discussion. With PBL you also learn all these leadership and management skills, preparing you for a future career.

After I graduate I would like to work in an environment where I can be of added value, researching the relationship between nutrition and performance. A dream job would be to become involved in the national ladies soccer team, since I’m a passionate soccer player myself.”

Lieke posts weekly on Instagram about her experiences during the master's programme and her life in Maastricht. She's also happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.

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