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Interview Asya Krusteva

"Getting as much as information as possible will make you confident with your choice. I would advise everyone who still has doubts, to ask about everything and anything. Tilburg University has great staff members who are always up to answer any questions!"

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  • Nationality: Bulgarian
  • Bachelor's program: Online Culture, Art, Media and Society
  • Started in: 2015
  • Languages: Bulgarian and English

Did you always know what you wanted to do?

From Law to Fashion design, I changed my preferences for my university study million times before reaching the time for the serious decision of what I should chose. In my final year in high school I found my current program – Online Culture: art, media and society and was extremely happy because it includes everything that I like to learn about. I was always interested in how people communicate, what impact their cultural values have in their daily life, and more specifically what role technologies have. With the grow of social media in our lives, I could not be more interested in what Online Culture can give me as knowledge in the sphere of Communication and Media.

What sort of teaching styles do you encounter in your program, and can you say something about this?

Perhaps one of my favorite characteristic of the program is the way it is taught. The classes are relatively small which supposed that there is always interaction between the lecturer and students. In this classroom atmosphere everyone feels more or less related to the discussed topic. Everyone can share opinion or ask question if something remain unclear during the lectures. Thus, we are learnt to think critically, to have opinion and to know how to present it to others. Often in classrooms with a lot of students, some opinion might not be heard. However, that is not the case when studying Online Culture.

What sort of student is a great fit for your program? And who is absolutely not?

If you are interested in society and its development, most current political situations and actors included, or phenomena such as Globalization and Super-Diversity, in the context of contemporary online world, Online Culture: art, media and society is the right program to choose for your Bachelor degree. The program includes a lot of written assignments in the format of academic papers or magazine article about current topics of interests. So, it would definitely fit a person who love to learn new things and like being updated with current world changes and situation.

Do your studies take a lot of time? Do you have any time for activities besides your studies?

Time management is quite important no matter what you study. Honestly, studying and going to all lectures takes a big part of my day. However, I usually have free weekends, time for sport, and even time for travelling. Many friends of mine also participate in various associations and they still keep high average score. So, in that sense, Online Culture does not take that much time and everyone can have balance between studying and having fun.

What is it like to study completely in English, together with international students? Was the transition from high school difficult?

I have never studied completely in English before coming to Tilburg. Even in high school, I did not practice English that much. I thought that the biggest challenge during my study would be the language. But I was wrong. Even though English in university is on higher level, the transition from high school was not difficult. Getting used to hearing lectures and writing academically do not take that much time at all. Definitely smooth process!

Do you have any advice for prospective students considering this program, or studying at Tilburg University?

I would advise everyone who still has doubts, to ask about everything and anything. Tilburg university has great staff who is always up to answer any questions – to housing to details for the program. Getting as much as information as possible will make you confident with your choice. I was too shy to contact university before coming, so when I first arrived I had no clue about basics such as Studielink and how important it is. Be curious!



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