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Jefta Timmer

Jefta Timmer

Psychology at the University of Amsterdam

Where are you and what are you doing?

I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. 


Why did you choose to study in the Netherlands 

I chose to study in the Netherlands because the quality of the education is really high, yet the prices are more affordable than in countries such as the USA or the UK. Furthermore, Amsterdam is very multicultural and very accessible for students as you can bike almost anywhere and public transportation is good. 


How are you enjoying University? What are you finding challenging?

I absolutely love it! I love the course, I love the city and I love the people here! I do have to say that as an international student you will most likely be very separated from the Dutch students in the city, but nevertheless there is an amazing multicultural community here. You are guaranteed to find friends similar to you! 

One thing I struggle with is the current corona situation. Since at PBIS I always used to go to a student cafe to study, I was able to leave the stress from assignments and exams at the cafe and relax at home. Now I spend most of my days in my studio, so I am surrounded by distractions. 


What’s a typical day like for you?

A normal day would be waking up around 8, eating breakfast and watching my lecture which takes 3 hours, then doing assignments, a tutorial of 2 hours on Zoom, or a revision for my monthly exams in the afternoon, then do a workout with a friend and then in the evenings I go out to a friend’s house to cook dinner together or we have a small party. 


How did PBIS prepare you for university life?

I think two aspects that PBIS really helped me with are time management and improving my writing skills. These are two aspects I see other students around me struggle with a lot, especially if they didn’t do IB. 


If you could give a message to this year’s Y13 what would it be?

I would tell them to choose their next step in life carefully. University (in almost all cases) will be much harder than high school. If you feel as though high school was too hard, look at courses that give student more breaks or are more interactive like the University Colleges. Also choose a course that you really like, it makes studying much easier! And lastly, really work on your self discipline and time management. Students who can do this do the best in university, the other fall behind quickly.