student Magdalena Hristova
I chose this programme because I am really interested in psychotherapy.
My name is Magdalena Hristova and I'm from Bulgaria. I came to Groningen five years ago to follow a Bachelor's programme in Psychology. Now I'm following a Master's programme in Clinical Psychology. When I left school in Bulgaria, I knew I wanted to study abroad, in English. I looked at universities in the Netherlands, because I knew I liked the country, and found the Bachelor's programme in Groningen. It was not only the only programme taught in English, but also the most appealing.
During my Bachelor's programme I became really interested in psychotherapy...
In my work as a student assistant at the UMCG, I help train medical students, and this got me interested in working with groups. As I wanted to learn more about this, I started a second Master's programme in Utrecht: Social and Organizational Psychology. In future, I would like to combine both Master's degrees in my work.
I like the city of Groningen. Everything is close by, so you can go everywhere by bike. In Bulgaria you always have to take the bus, but the bike is a lot better, for yourself and for the environment. There are a lot of student societies that you can join in Groningen. I joined a student swimming club in my second year, which really improved my Dutch.
In my time here I have really challenged myself. Even if I thought something was impossible I still went for it. The Master's programme has been difficult but I haven't given up. This made me realize that I'm capable of more than I think I am. If you think you can't do something, I would say go for it anyway. You'll find help along the way.
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