'When I started studying I did the Bachelor Dutch linguistics and language. It wasn't enough challenge for me, it felt I was still in high school. My brother who did Business and Information Systems told me to join him and take some programming courses. There I got in touch with the bachelor AI and switched to this programme after a year.'
'I immediately think about the course Internet Information (now Advanced Information Retrieval) which was tought by Maarten de Rijke. The topic was really nice, but the workload was high. However, because I really liked the topic I approached him for my Master's thesis. That is how I came to the subject for my final research project.'
'I had a great time. When I studied Dutch, I was too easy for me and I didn't like the other students so much. When I transferred to the FNWI, it really felt like coming home. The people thought the same way as me.'
'I'm a PhD student. At the moment I'm finishing my thesis, so it's writing, writing, writing, which I'm quite good at, they say. I enjoy the feeling when you manage to say exactly what wanted to say. What I also appreciate about my job is the freedom. During my research I developed a prototype of a virtual buddy for cyber bullying victims. I found out that I really like to make things. So in my next job I hope to make applications, maybe in e-health or for serious gaming. I'm not going to stay in research because I want to work 'outside academia'. Which was also the main motivation for choosing my current project.'