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Notes from Abroad: Robin in the Netherlands
Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience. This week’s feature is from Robin Redmond ’18, a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish currently studying abroad in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Greeting from Nijmegen,
I would like to thank you for your financial support provided for my study abroad in the Netherlands. This my first time traveling abroad, actually it’s my first time being out of the tri-state area. I truly enjoy being here. The Netherlands are beautiful. The city of Nijmegen always has events and festivals. I been getting a feel for the culture here and have been learning how to speak Dutch. At first, I thought that the people here would be very different from Americans, but they are not so much so. They have their interesting quirks. I also am amazed by other countries knowledge and fascination of U.S. It kind of funny that they know so much about my country and I so little about theirs. However, everyday, I try to bridge that gap and learn not only more about the Netherlands but Europe and rest of the world.
The trip is very educational and gives me a new perspective on education in foreign countries. Radboud University has a specialized library for every faculty and most courses have weekly guest speakers, who are at the forefront of their field, give the lecture for the day. With the availability of such knowledge and the personal take on it, I find myself with more passion for my major of Neuroscience as new and interesting topics are taught to me. I might even consider applying for internships and jobs abroad.
Thank you, again for all your support for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will treasure it for the rest of my life. This has shown that there is a world out there gigantic and more wondrous than I could ever imagine. I cherish every moment here the good and the bad because everything is a learning experience. I really adore being able to speak to the people here and the similarities between us. Though, we live an ocean apart and have totally different life experiences that we are still able to form these deep and I hope lasting friendships.
Adoration from abroad,