Interview met Kim Tenfelde

Kim Tenfelde - student ReMA L&C 2016-2018

Student Kim Tenfelde

"I really appreciate the personal touch of the Master and the fact that I can genuinely focus on my interests (cognition, emotions, non-verbal communication and the social aspect of communication). I get to choose my own courses, but I also have a lot of freedom in what I focus on outside of the electives. For instance, next semester I have to do a Lab Rotation which is basically an internship with a professor of your own choice. The lecturers and professors are all very enthusiastic and eager to work with you which contributes to the personal touch."


What is your educational background?

I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I completed my Gymnasium in Limburg (the south of the Netherlands) and moved to Tilburg in order to study Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University. I did the track Human Aspects of Information Technology (HAIT) because I really liked the cognitive part of this program and the interaction between humans and machines. Right now I am in my first year of the two year Research Master Language and Communication.

Why did you choose the Research Master in Language and Communication?

I chose the Research Master Language and Communication for several reasons. During my Bachelor I noticed I really liked all the research aspects of the study and also really enjoyed writing my thesis. This is why I wanted to focus more on research in my Master. I also aspire an academic career and I believe doing this Research Master is the perfect first step.

How are your experiences with the Research Master so far?

My first experiences so far are that I really appreciate the personal touch of the Master and the fact that I can genuinely focus on my interests (cognition, emotions, non-verbal communication and the social aspect of communication). I get to choose my own courses, but I also have a lot of freedom in what I focus on outside of the electives. For instance, next semester I have to do a Lab Rotation which is basically an internship with a professor of your own choice. The lecturers and professors are all very enthusiastic and eager to work with you which contributes to the personal touch.

A nice extra feature of this Master is that it is in collaboration with the Radboud University in Nijmegen. You can also choose all the courses that are taught in Nijmegen. This way you have even more options in choosing courses that really fit your personal interests.

What are your favorite courses?

Because I only recently started with this Master, I did not follow that many courses yet. So far, I think the Research skills courses are nice courses because you actually learn skills that you can use in your research. I think that the course I will like the most is the Lab Rotation that I have to do in the third and fourth block. This is when you really experience what it is like to do a research, write and publish a paper. Chances that you will go to (or even present at) a conference are also part of this Lab Rotation, which I think is pretty cool.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am still not 100% sure about what I want to do in the future but I know it has to be something that is research related. At this moment I really aspire an academic career at a university. Working on different projects, teaching and writing papers seems like a lot of fun to me and a very valuable career. I feel very passionate about teaching new students. I believe that to be a really rewarding job.

I consider doing this Research Master as the perfect first step in achieving the academic career I desire. I think the chances of obtaining a PhD position are much higher after this Research Master than after any other regular Master.

Do you have any tips for new students?

If you like doing research; choose the Research Master, even if you are in doubt! It is way easier to switch from the Research Master to a regular Master than the other way around. The courses you choose (electives) are together with regular Master's students, so it is easy to switch without having any delay in your study process.

The Research Master is actually like a regular Master, only it is a two-year instead of a one-year program, way more elaborated, more focused on doing research, and with a way stronger focus on the individual and their interests.


Ask your question to a student

Are you interested in the Research Master in Language and Communication and would you like to ask a question to a student who is currently in the program?

You are welcome to contact Kim Tenfelde by sending an e-mail to k.tenfelde@tilburguniversity.edu

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