Interview met Mick Timmermans

Mick Timmermans - student GC 2016-2017

Student Mick Timmermans

"As a Dutch student within the program I somehow got the idea of being a foreigner in ‘my own surroundings’. This year, besides myself, all other students and most of the lecturers are non-native speakers of the Dutch language. The variety of perspectives they bring into the classes - perspectives that are (partly) based on different resources, work and life experiences, and personal interests - are really helpful to the interactive learning processes. I experience these factors to be great stimuli in trying to become a professional in the field of Global Communication."


What Bachelor's program did you finish before starting with Global Communication?

Before I started this Master's program I studied 'Culturele en Maatschappelijke Vorming' at Avans university of applied sciences in Den Bosch.

Why did you choose to study Global Communication?

I was triggered to learn more about the influence ‘our’ online behavior has, as well as how it reflects on cultural diversity in society. The increasing mobility, the huge number of social media platforms on which people interact nowadays, and also governmental policies linked to this increase of online and offline mobility, are topics I am interested in and was focused on in choosing a study. Hence, I chose Global Communication.

What was your first impression of Tilburg University and Tilburg as a city?

With approximately 30,000 students living in the city, Tilburg offers a wealth of options to spend your free time. I enjoy the friendly atmosphere that prevails in town and all kind of different bars at ‘de Korte Heuvel’ or ‘het Piusplein’ and the adjacent side streets where you can share a good pint. It is a cultural enterprising city with plenty of events and daily nightlife. Besides, Tilburg is - geographically - a nice point of departure to easily explore other cities in the Netherlands or in neighbouring countries.

How are your experiences with the Master's program so far?

As a Dutch student within the program I somehow got the idea of being a foreigner in ‘my own surroundings’. This year, besides myself, all other students and most of the lecturers are non-native speakers of the Dutch language. The variety of perspectives they bring into the classes - perspectives that are (partly) based on different resources, work and life experiences, and personal interests - are really helpful to the interactive learning processes. I experience these factors to be great stimuli in trying to become a professional in the field of Global Communication.

The courses I like the best are Language, Globalization & Super-Diversity and Individuals and Communities in the Digital Age. All courses provide students the opportunity to work on their own interests. Furthermore, by advocating your choices (i.e. while writing a paper), lecturers will provide you with appropriate literature and suggestions in line with the context used. I find these characteristics to be very pleasant.

What are your aspirations for the future?

After finishing this Master's program I hope to become a policy advisor - internal provisions - in the field of digital platforms associated with (cultural) diversity in society.

Do you have any tips for new students?

If you are considering starting a Culture Studies Master's track at Tilburg University, first have a look at diggitmagazine.com. Diggit magazine is the news and information platform of Culture Studies at Tilburg University and it provides information about a wide scope of topics related to our current time. Texts written by both students and teachers are published on this platform. The platform offers students a good way to expose themselves in the digitalised world.

In addition, I advise you to attend a lecture. This way you can experience the style of the education, and you will get a sense of the context in general.


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