How did this Erasmus University student end up in New York?
Graduates with international experience have better career prospects than those without. Erasmus University students share their secrets about how they got into some of the best schools abroad. Today: Ceciel Meiborg, 27, Master's student in New York City.
‘I’ve been accepted at New School to do a two-year master's in social research, and will do my PhD there afterwards. The New School is part of a consortium with New York University and Columbia University. It’s a place where I can work on my MA with lecturers who have a lot of expertise in continental philosophy. The New School was number one on my shortlist, and I consider myself fortunate to have been accepted.’
‘To other students who are considering continuing their studies abroad, I would say: cherish your personal contacts from day one, choose a subject that is of interest for the accepting school, spend a lot of time on writing a good proposal and selecting your advocates and supporters. To keep on track academically, I published an article, became a member of a reading group, took several useful courses, and attended conferences.’
Get the Cash
‘You need funds for this, in my case around $34,000 per year. So I worked hard, took up my old job again for additional cash, and saved most of my earnings. The New School helped by waiving 35% of the tuition fee because they thought I had a strong application. I applied and got a $12,500 Fulbright scholarship, which offers support in many of the practicalities such as arranging a visa and medical insurance.
'Furthermore, I was awarded €7,500 from the Prince Bernard Fund, and €4,000 from the Hendrik Muller Fund. Together with my savings, this should be enough to cover the first year. In my second year, I’ll have to find a job, preferably within the university, where they employ several graduate students. I have been accepted on the PhD programme and hopefully will earn a salary.’
Out of the Comfort Zone
Going abroad takes you out of your comfort zone; it’s just you, without many of your usual securities. But it’s also enriching, and you’ll live more intensely. My parents are getting used to it by now; my siblings have been diagnosed with the same travel virus!’
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