Students impressions - differences
FOR THIS EDITION of our newsletter we asked some of our current students to tell us about the most striking difference(s) they had noticed between their new life in Maastricht and what they were used to back home. As you will most probably notice, one subject comes back regularly… and it’s only fair, as it is a big part of everyone daily life here in the Netherlands!
Laurel Hayden, USA “AFTER HAVING BEEN IN THE NETHERLANDS for only two months, I feel very welcomed and acknowledged. Elements of sociability and tolerance for diversity that are inherent in the Dutch culture have influenced me already. The attitude of living in the Netherlands with its slower pace differs from many parts of the United States where many people on the street are in such a hurry that they don't make eye contact or take time to enjoy their surroundings. Here, in Maastricht especially, I am met with kindness and actually given the time and opportunity to appreciate the importance of the history and culture that the city offers. Through my travels I have experienced Europe in a manner that would not have been possible had I not chosen the Netherlands as my first study abroad experience. Given the proximity of other cultural centers, combined with an outstanding rail system, I have come to view Europe as my backyard. My first Netherlands experience has enriched my college career as well as my life. I hope to return someday to this true center of Europe.”