Meet Student Ambassador Karly

Student Ambassadors are an important part of the Study in Holland promotion. They take over Instagram, write blogs and make vlogs. Time to introduce them to you!

Posted by Mechteld Bous at Nov 11, 2018 10:35 PM

Karly is a master student of communications at the University of Amsterdam. She is from Mexico and used to live and work in Mexico City. Last year, she packed up her whole life, took her dog and moved across the ocean. Now in Amsterdam, she combined her studies with an internship at Heineken and now works part time for the Heineken experience. 

Student Ambassadors - Karly

"Why did you decide to study in Holland"

"I wanted to do something specific: communication for the entertainment industry. In Mexico I was already working in corporate communication and though I liked the communication part, I wanted something else, to pursue my truest passion, and that would get me out of my comfort zone. So I started looking for the right Master and back then, the University of Amsterdam was rated second place in the ranking for communications programmes (currently is first place) and when I found that as a part of the master Communication Science I could specialize in Entertainment Communication, I did not have to look any further."

"I had to work and save hard to make my dream possible. Especially because I needed to do a pre-master in Statistics before I could start the master properly. Due to the pre-master I could not apply for scholarships since they don't apply to pre-master students, and at the same time I was no longer eligible for scholarships because I already have studied in Holland. Although this was a huge set-back, I was decided to pursue my dream and I made it work."

"What were you expecting Holland to be?"

"I did a lot of research before I came to the Netherlands, so I kind of knew what to expect. But when I arrived, it was harder than I expected, because reading about it is not the same as experiencing it. In the beginning, I had difficulty combining my studies with my internship and later with my job, the study load was way higher then I expected and consumed more time. Also, the weather represented a huge challenge for me, coming from a warm country, but I overcome all this issues and I am happy here. "

"What strange Dutch things have you noticed so far?"

"The way they celebrate their birthdays - especially at the office. In Mexico the birthday- boy or girl would get presents, but here they bring cake for the whole department!"

"What is your favorite thing about Holland?"

"I love the way in which the Dutch go with life. People are educated, the quality of water and air is amazing and there is such a good work/life balance. Overall the quality of life, the quality of my life, is really good here, people are happy and you can tell.”

"At university, I really like how it is not all about memorizing and quizzing. The lecturers actually inspire you to be analytical and a critical thinker, and the high level of internationality also allows you to listen to many different points of view about a topic.”

"How is this experience valuable to you?"

"In whole my life, I think that I have grown the most while being here. My personal development has happen really hard and really fast, but it is totally worth it since I truly discovered myself here, in every sense."

"What would you say to others that are thinking about studying in Holland?"

"Dare to do it - because if you are already thinking of it, it means you owe it to yourself to at least try. And yes, it can be overwhelming, because there are options to choose from when you are thinking on studying abroad, so many things that you need to prepare… But don't let fears get you down. Because in the end it will be all worth it."

"What are your plans after graduation?"

“I am going to live an adventure. I am applying for the orientation year here in the Netherlands and then find my dream job, which is in the first place why I educated myself and came here, but that can be anywhere in the world!"

Posted by Mechteld Bous at Nov 11, 2018 10:35 PM