In class we have many fun debates, which also includes personal reflections. Sometimes the debates turn into motivational speeches and personal intimate moments, where you realize that this is me and this is how I fit into the world.
Bachelor in Global Development Studies
Name: Thenjiwe Kalunga
Study programme: Bachelor in Global Development studies
Hometown/ country: Kafue, Zambia
The world is ever changing, and I feel I am part of a generation which is in between pre-technology and after technology. It is an interesting dynamic to try and understand the world from all perspectives, and I feel global development studies helps me to dive into this unknown scenario, helping me to catch up with how the world is developing.
Two things. Firstly, the diversity of the class, which exposes you directly to countries that you have only barely heard about. In class you meet directly with students from so many different countries. Secondly, the open-mindness. It is ok to share ideas and criticize each other without any hard feelings.
The group work can sometimes be a challenge, especially with different people with big personalities. It can make you feel left out sometimes.
The social environment is very fun and creative. The program itself offers many social and academic events for students to attend. I find these events to be very inspiring, as we get to listen to guest lectures and learn from their experiences. The students go out to events together and we also create our own events.
The University is very beautiful, with modern facilities and friendly staff. You get a lot of help in everything you do, either if it is social or academic. I live on campus and everything you need is there; café, sports, supermarket, nature for walks. Everything you need is either on campus or close by. It is very well situated.
The debates are always interesting. In class we have many fun debates, which also includes personal reflections. Sometimes the debates turn into motivational speeches and personal intimate moments, where you realize that this is me and this is how I fit into the world. The lecturers for each course are well suited. They pick the right person for each course.
My dream job is to become the Secretary General of the United Nations. Besides from that, I would like to be on service in NGOs. I would like to effect change through humanitarian programs and policies, because I think that’s very important in the world we live in.
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