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Get to know Eveline Gieles!

When did you do the IDA master?


How was the IDA Master helpful for what you are doing right now?

I’ve just started my PhD, for which I think IDA is the perfect preparation.

What was your favorite course? And why?

I loved the traineeships, first year paper and master thesis, because you get to shape these to your own interests so much and work closely with a staff member.

What was your favorite moment of the time as an IDA Student?

Graduation was very special, because we worked so hard to get there and it was such a proud and happy moment. Also, the first year paper conference was great. This was I think the first time we got to be all together on campus (because of covid).

What was your motivation to finish your studies?

I love research, the projects I got to be involved in, and the support among students and staff.

Did you experience stress or pressure in your studies, and if yes how did you deal with it?

Haha yes, lots of it. IDA is intensive. I dealt with it by talking about it and sharing my insecurities. This was hard or me in the beginning, also because we never met in person then, but it helped so much once we started sharing. It made me feel less alone with this, we helped each other out and friendships were formed.

What can you advise current or future IDA students?

Well the first is related to my answer above: talk about what you find difficult. Also, I think the traineeships are wonderful opportunities to try something a little bit out of your comfort zone, which can be a great way to experience something new and broaden you knowledge, skills, and network.

How was your overall experience in the master?

It was an intense time, but very much worth it. I learned more than I could’ve imagined, and made better friends.

What did you do in your international traineeship and how did you like it?

I followed the APA conference from home. It was educational and convenient at the time, but I think it would’ve been much more fun if I could’ve traveled.

Are you still in touch with other Alumni Students?

Yes, many are also working at Tilburg University so I get to see them regularly.

How did you experience the relationship with your teachers?

Teachers are very supportive, accessible, and really interested in what students think and want to do.

Did you know from the beginning what you want to do after your master? How did you find out what you would like to do?

Not exactly. I was unsure if I wanted to do research in clinical psychology, and/or work in clinical practice. I thought I’d probably want a combination. I did both master’s (IDA and clinical psychology) to be able to combine it at some point, but also to be more sure about what I want. Now I’m very happy I’m doing a PhD, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll go into practice next to doing research. But also within research, I think IDA provides great opportunities to find out what topics you like.

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