I realized history did not always have to be about ancient Rome or Greece. It can also very well be about analyzing the reason why the West grew rich and the East did not, or how globalization came about.
After graduating from high school, I did not know what to do next. I knew I was fascinated by history, I just never really thought about studying it at university. I did a lot of research and found the International Bachelor History programme at Erasmus.
I (re)found my passion for history
I realized history did not always have to be about ancient Rome or Greece. It can also very well be about analyzing the reason why the West grew rich and the East did not, or how globalization came about. Topics that matter today had an origin, and it's essential to understand it. While at Erasmus I (re)found my passion for history.
Encouraged to speak my mind
Growing up in South America, I had never studied in English before. Even though I passed IELTS with a decent grade, the language felt like a challenge during the first couple of weeks. However, the lecturers were always helpful in that regard. At the seminars we had three times a week, we discussed a broad variety of topics- for example, what progress really is or what does modernity means. I felt encouraged to speak my mind. Rapidly the fear to speak English was gone.
Going in my second year now I can choose to focus on social, cultural, economic, or international relations history, which gives me the freedom to trace my own path. Living abroad and being in contact with Dutch and international students in Rotterdam makes me interested in international relations and I'm glad I can also study it in my course.