CRISTIAN BOLOLOI, ROMANIA
My name is Cristian Bololoi and I am a 19 years old Romanian who just started his first year of European Public Administration at the University of Twente. So far, my experience has been a great one. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world (from Egypt to China and even the USA)! The study environment is superb and the way the programme is designed just makes studying fun and challenging at the same time
Why did you choose to study EPA at the University of Twente?
During my last year of high school, I knew that I wanted to continue my studies abroad. My plan for the future was studying Law and becoming either a politician; either locally, or an European level. I searched for many universities across Europe, and studied the educational system in countries ranging from Denmark to UK and Germany. However, the Netherlands and especially the University of Twente appealed to me the most. First of all, the programme provides me with everything I need for achieving my goal: courses range from politics, law, research methods and economics. In order to keep up with the ever changing world of politics and the dynamic and versatile nature of the EU, I knew that I required an extensive set of skills, which of course I can acquire while studying EPA at the University of Twente. Another reason for choosing this University is the campus. Having experienced it first hand, I have to say that it is the most beautiful learning environment I have ever seen. The decision in itself was not easy, but I am happy that I chose to study here and so far my expectations have been completely met.
What was your most exciting experience so far?
My most exciting experience so far has to be the kick-in. Basically, the kick-in is one week of introduction to student life, which is organized by the student associations from the University. In my first day of the kick-in, I didn’t know anybody. However, after selecting my do-group, my stay in the Netherlands got from confusing to extremely satisfying. The activities were terribly fun, the parties were well-organized and the general atmosphere was amazing. I am already looking forward for next year’s kick-in, where I can finally become a daddy and have my own do group!
What was the most interesting thing you have learned so far? Why?
The most interesting thing I have learned so far has to be constitutional law, more specifically the huge differences between constitutions all over the world and how they relate to the country’s history and social background. I have learned a ton of things regarding the US constitution, why it is so famous and what are the fundamental differences between the US, Europe, Africa and Asia regarding constitutional amendments. As an enthusiast in the area of politics, this course rekindled my desire and interest regarding international politics.
Tips for international students:
1. Bring a rain jacket - You will soon find that the weather in the Netherlands is pretty moody. Even if you are enjoying a beautiful, sunny afternoon, you can always be surprised by unexpected raining.
2. Join the Kick-In – I won’t spoil this experience for you, but trust me. You don’t fully understand the concept of fun until you experienced the Kick-In first hand.
3. Find a place to live beforehand – This is an understatement, but the University can help you in finding a place to stay. I found a place to stay that was offered by the university and it was smooth, fast and stress free.
4. Get a bike – The bike infrastructure in the Netherlands is simply beautiful. This will mostly likely be your main way of transport, unless you want to bring your car. But trust me, as a car enthusiast myself, I changed to cycling as soon as I saw how enjoyable it is to travel by bike in the Netherlands.
5. Get to meet people – This period will probably be the most beautiful years in your life at (at least, for me it is) but in order to enjoy it fully, you need to open yourself. Leave your introvert self at home and enjoy a couple of years in which you will make friends from all across the world!