Why I want to study in The United States of America
In this blog of mine, I will explain to you why I want to do my minor abroad at Syracuse University, because why would a young 19-year-old woman choose to move miles away from her family and home university in Amsterdam?
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Marouscha Nijland, I am 19 years old, and I am studying creative business at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The name of the study might not say a lot to you, but it is a media-oriented study during which you can specialize in topics such as marketing, AV, text writing and starting your own (media related) business.
Since I am doing a media related study, you can guess I have always had a love for America. In my eyes, it is the pioneer in the field of all media related subjects. Look at all the Hollywood movies, American (social media) stars, blown up scandals on television, celebrity culture and so much more.
What I hope to learn by experiencing American culture
Many might think I won’t learn much by experiencing the American culture, because it is a western one just like the Dutch one. I would disagree on this part, because media is a big part of a country’s culture, and the American media is noticeably different than the Dutch media.
Sure, we have a television program here called RTL boulevard which is all about ‘Dutch celebs’ news, but it’s nowhere near the Perez Hilton or USA Today level. Growing up watching movies, I also noticed some big differences. I mean, here in the Netherlands we do not do prom like the Americans do it, we don’t have college sports games and I wasn’t allowed to drive at 16. I also never had to be taken to my high school by car by my parents, because it was close by and I could simply take my bike or walk there. I can go to university by train and all my public transportation costs are covered by the government. Another big school related difference, in the Netherlands we have ‘zesjes cultuur’ which means that if you just passed a course by the point, you are doing just fine. No need to get an A, because passed is passed. In America, academic competition is real.
Experiencing these differences will make me more motivated in many senses. After the exchange semester, I will for sure not have any complaints about the Dutch public transportation anymore (thank you for taking me to school NS), I will be able to write the book I have been wanting to write forever about the life of American teens and probably appreciate the simplicity the Dutch are known for. And for the most part, since it will be my first time being on my own, it will make me an extremely independent young woman who will forever be grateful for the huge opportunity she got.