Maurits Seijger

History is a subject that makes people more fully rounded, developed and intelligible and that is the kind of person I want to become.
Maurits Seijger
Student School of History, Culture and Communication

"Before I came to Rotterdam to study History I lived in Utrecht, where I studied Economics for one year. Suffice it to say that I never looked back. Like many excitable high school students I was under the impression that, in order to make a living in the real world, I needed to delve into economics. But after spending a year doing calculus, and trying my hardest to understand a myriad of graphs and figures, I was so burned out that I needed a change."

The kind of person I want to become

"I chose to forget everything I thought I knew about ‘the real world’ and go to study something that I felt fit me, rather than something I thought would sell me: History in an analytical discipline that places importance on general knowledge and the ability to make connections. History is a subject that makes people more fully rounded, developed and intelligible and that is the kind of person I want to become."

The best mindset

"The course load is not unchallenging, but when you do what you like this does not feel like work. Each five week course you will read a varying selection of articles, write two papers, an exam and prepare a presentation. Even though this sounds intense, the topics, and the directions you can go with them, offer every student the possibility to write and talk about the things they want, from the perspectives they want. The best mindset is to work as you think is fun. Rotterdam caters to this type of student perfectly, and within the first few months it has become truly my city, in no small part because of its international community, and the inclusive student and sports associations, that I highly suggest you look at during the infamous Eurekaweek."