Thomas van der Schaft
Of course, combining two degrees comes with extra challenges, but it also comes with rewards. It not only enhanced my economic knowledge, but also allowed me to develop academic skills which I would otherwise not have developed.
I have always been very passionate about mathematics and I knew that whatever career path I would later choose, it had to involve Mathematics. However, towards the end of high school I became more and more interested in Economics and therefore wanted to somehow combine the two. My Economics teacher, who strongly believed that your study should challenge you, gave me a flyer for the Econometrics Day at Erasmus University and I am very glad he did.
Having spent the majority of my life living abroad, the new International Econometrics bachelor programme definitely appealed to me. I discovered however, that it is not the international aspect, but the small scale of the programme which is its greatest advantage. We were with under 50 students at the beginning of the year which meant that, unlike with most studies, I really got to know all of my classmates and we could rely on each other’s help throughout the year.
Towards the end of my first year I was informed of the new Double Degree BSc² Econometrics/Economics, which combines the Econometrics and Operations Research bachelor with that of Economics and Business Economics. Seeing that I cannot resist a challenge, I decided to switch and have been enjoying it ever since. Of course, combining two degrees comes with extra challenges, but it also comes with rewards. It not only enhanced my economic knowledge, but also allowed me to develop academic skills which I would otherwise not have developed. All in all, I think this programme has allowed me to become a better Econometrician.
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