Which college or university did you attend in the US and what did you study?
College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. I studied Psychology.
Did you play a sport in the US? If so, which one?
I was on the tennis team.
Why did you want to spend some time studying in the US?
For the experience, to play tennis at a top level and to study.
What was the most challenging aspect of being an international student in the US?
That you have to rely on yourself completely.
What new opportunities has studying in the US brought to you since you finished studying/returned home?
It looks impressive on your CV and it has also brought me further along in my own tennis career.
What was your highlight of being in the US?
I have met Bill Gates, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and many more world class tennis players, and I have also trained with some of them. Winning the Ohai tournament was also a sports highlight for me.
How different is studying in the US, compared to studying at a Dutch or European educational institute?
The level of study is somewhat lower than at a Dutch university, but otherwise it is somewhat similar. Of course, everything is in English.
What do you think about the application process of getting into a US college or university?
The application process is long and tiresome. There are long waits, and you have to send in a lot of documentation and there is a lot to arrange. UStudy really helped me a lot in this regard.
What are you doing at the moment in terms of your study or work?
I’ve just finished studying (Psychology) and now I want to do a management year.
What are your plans for the future?
In terms of tennis I hope to be able to make the leap into the top 30 players in the Netherlands and to be part of the major leagues, and I would also like to find a job within management.