For this week’s Humans of IBCoM, we will get to know Francis a little bit more. She is 18 years old and a first years IBCoM student. She’s originally from Zeist, but has now moved to Rotterdam for her study. I got the chance to ask her some questions about her life in Rotterdam, so let’s find out all about Francis!
Why did you decide to study IBCoM and how do you like it so far?
“I decided to study IBCoM, because I want to become a journalist and this seemed like the right study to help me accomplish that goal. I like it so far, but it’s still very broad, so I’m especially looking forward to the second and third year.”
How do you like living in Rotterdam in comparison to where you grew up?
“ I grew up in a city near Utrecht, which was great, as I could easily get to the city. To be honest, Rotterdam isn’t my favorite city, as I’m not such a huge fan of cities with skyscrapers that lack and old city center. On the other hand, it’s nice to live in a city with a great public transportation network like Rotterdam. I also joined Skadi, the rowing association, and this has been a great way for me to meet new people.”
Where do you see yourself in three years? What are your plans after IBCoM?
“After this bachelor, I would like to take a gap year to travel around the world and then I would like to do a Master’s degree in journalism. My ultimate dream is to work for National Geographic.”
Do you already know if you want to go on an exchange and if so, what would be your dream destination?
“I really want to go on exchange and my dream destination would be Canada. If I get in, I first want to make a road trip through Canada in the summer and then study in Toronto!”
Have these past few months of studying in a city away from home and living on your own changed you? And, if so, in what way(s)?
“Studying away from home and living on my own hasn’t changed me that much. I still visit home a lot and before I moved out I was already quite independent as well.”
What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
“Watching the Northern lights and travel through Norway is the one thing that I want to do the most! I’ve always been fascinated with the Norwegian landscapes and I would just love to hike through the fjords from south to north and ultimately see the Northern lights.”
Thank you Francis for sharing a bit of your life with us. We hope you are enjoying the Humans of IBCoM so far and be sure to look out to the next post!