Student Gabriele Mari

Mari SOC

Can you introduce yourself shortly?

My name is Gabriele Mari and I am an international student currently enrolled in the MSc in Sociology at Tilburg University. I come from Italy and, by now, it’s been 9 months I have been living in Tilburg.

I have a bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Trento, in Italy, and I started my master studies there too. I came here thanks to a double degree program – that works both ways! - between Tilburg University and Trento. Once concluded my studies, I will attain two master degrees in Sociology.

Can you describe your experiences with the University so far?

I am very pleased with what I found here, and I really mean it and for a number of aspects all around the so called university life. Tilburg University has been very supportive, guiding me through the enrolment process in an efficient and kind manner. These two features have remained constant throughout the months I spent here. And one mention of honor goes to the environment Tilburg University is in, a nice and lively campus that ends up in a forest; a perfect place to relax after lectures.

What do you think about your Master’s program so far and how is the contact between you, your lecturers and fellow students?

I enjoyed my master, which matched my expectations. During my bachelor and the first year of my master in Italy, I developed a fascination for the study of social inequalities and social cohesion; I also developed an interest in a quantitative approach to sociology as a science. This is what I found also here at the MSc in Sociology: I found insightful methodological and theme-based courses, of which I preferred those focused on social policy and social capital. I would recommend this master to those having a background in social sciences, that are interested in questions such as how social cohesion is built, what are the threats to it, how contemporary societies tackle social risks, what should policy-makers do to reduce crime and so forth. Most importantly, I would recommend it to those who want to master how we can analyze all these phenomena.

Additionally, the way in which courses are given proved to be challenging and fruitful. Relationships with professors have been fair and relaxed. Although being one of the very few internationals that attended our courses, the fellow students have proven good classmates and good friends (they know a lot about beers and how to have some characteristically Dutch fun, and both are brilliant experiences).

What is your master thesis about and what are your plans after graduation?

Currently, I am working on my master thesis. I am studying the consequences of labor market deregulation in Italy; I am particularly concerned with the inequalities that have arisen in the recent decades, with the young and women unevenly bearing the risks of temporary employment. After finishing this work, I hope soon enough, I am going for a PhD, in Sociology, of course. I am deeply passionate about this subject and I will try to get a job out of it, because I think that should be the master plan: go for what you like, no matter what. Also, doing a PhD may give me the opportunity to come back to the Netherlands, most plausibly to Tilburg.

How is your student life? How do you experience living in Tilburg?

And this brings me to what I liked the most, and I guess every “international” friend I have now would agree: it has been an amazing, international experience in a lovely, green and flat country, that regularly goes crazy (for a reference, Carnival time) and that is populated by friendly people speaking a very weird tongue. Personally, I am living in a student house, with more countries represented than I can imagine and it is, by far, the best part of living here. Now I have friends from all over Europe and beyond; it has been an enriching and happy life, the past 9 months. This is, to me, the first reason you should come and try it out.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Since this seems too much of a sales talk, but it is indeed sincere, I would conclude with this: the local food is awful; international dinners are the way to go.

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