Our tastebuds tingled in anticipation of our next Delft experience. After the closing comments of the last workshop of the day, we grabbed our things hoping to make it in time. It was high on our bucket list of things to do in Holland. And it simply had to be done – cheese tasting! The ripening process and all the different flavours. And there’s me thinking it was all just Gouda! I left with a shiny, red ball of Edam under my arm, a nice present to take back home.
I will never forget those five wonderful days in Delft. I’d heard about the IDEA League Summer School from a friend whom I’d met while studying for my bachelor’s in Aachen. She recommended applying. It would broaden my horizons; I’d learn something new and meet people from all over the world. Although there were several Summer Schools to choose from, Ethics in New Biotechnologies at TU Delft sounded perfect. It really suited my interests and aspirations and was a welcome addition to the subjects I was already taking as part of my master’s in industrial biotechnology in Munich.
Being surrounded by students from faraway lands – Brazil, England, Italy, Iran, India and Korea – was fascinating. We possessed unique personalities and had different cultural backgrounds, and it was sometimes difficult to communicate, but we found a way.
The IDEA League Summer School was my first taste of life studying abroad. It boosted my confidence. I was inspired to try new things, and it helped me to develop a broader international perspective. The result – I’m now doing a PhD in Copenhagen collaborating with colleagues from all over the world.