Daniella is from Canada and chose to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Health Education and Promotion. “I did a bachelor’s in Health Science on a soccer scholarship in Springfield, US but in fact didn’t like the soccer there and went back to Canada to finish the programme there. After that I started working.
I found that I wasn’t satisfied with what I was doing and that sparked a need to take up studying again. I wanted to explore health promotion programmes since we have such huge issues with lack of physical activity in the working population in Canada. There were not that many health promotion master’s programmes available and most would lead up to a Master of Arts degree. I wanted a Master of Science degree, building on my scientific experiences in the bachelor. I’d already been to the Netherlands and found the people here very friendly and relaxed, but also very modern and with a good European vibe. Besides, the Netherlands is a leader in lots of health aspects. When I looked at the contents of this particular English-taught master’s programme at Maastricht University, my mind was made up.
I intend to go back to Canada in the long run and apply my knowledge there. Fortunately, more and more attention is given nowadays to the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I would like to work with school boards and focus on children, or focus on the working population, helping them to make better informed decisions to lead a healthier life.
I notice I’m far more excited to study now than during my bachelor’s. The Problem-Based Learning method is entirely new for me and I’m still getting used to it, but it’s really nice to exchange ideas and discuss everything with fellow-students from different backgrounds. We do lots of group work and the assignments keep you on your toes. This is definitely the right programme for me.”
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I would like to work in a health promoting company, in projects related to a variety of health issues, serving local communities and youth in particular