I certainly felt challenged in Zurich when several classmates invited me to join a weekend ski trip. Although I hesitated at first, as I had not really planned for anything and had no ski clothes, I soon found myself on a snowy peak. There I was, the only person dressed in a light jacket and jeans, descending the slopes of Switzerland on an adventure. I remember it as a fun day, underlining the importance of overcoming trepidation.
In the Gothic city of Aachen, where we headed for our final stay, winter descended the entire group of IDEA League students into a focused mood. We prepared for our theses and branched out in our own directions. The network of friends and connections I now have is very valuable. We stay in touch, still calling each other from time to time to discuss our work, current events and our young children.
The Joint Master’s programme in Applied Geophysics was a catalyst for many things. It provided me with the knowledge and methods to pursue a PhD at TU Delft and obtain a position at TNO, where I now work as a geophysicist. If you are considering following this programme, I would say do it. You might run into some challenges along the way. Be grateful as they will only help you grow and learn more about yourself and the world around you.