Aleena Rahman - USA
‘Amsterdam is a gorgeous city with such a rich and dated history of trade on an international scale, what better place to study business and economics? When I had to choose a place to study, I didn’t know anyone who had been to Amsterdam, let alone lived and studied at the University of Amsterdam, which made the endeavour all the more exciting.'
'Amsterdam definitely is a lively city. There’s always something going on, so in one sense it helps the very studious realize they need a break every once in a while. When I wasn’t beating at the books, I was giving art lessons and occasionally painting. The great thing about this city is, it’s very welcoming to art of all forms, so you’ve got students painting in museum corridors, cracking jokes at a café stand-up comedy shows, and everyone else is just having a good time in each other’s company.'
'The student population is immense, which develops a warm sense of community even off campus. The city offers student discounts at certain cafés and clothing stores, but also fee waivers in other services that can be very helpful, especially for international students, like money exchange. These little things, although they separately may not sound like too much help, collectively played a huge role in making my transition from home to Amsterdam very smooth.'
'My near future plan would be to nail this Bachelor. I might stick around the Netherlands and work some odd jobs for a year or two, but that depends on how much Dutch I can pick up during the coming 2 years. After that it would be on to America for a Master’s degree.'