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Meet Viola Siegmeier!

Why did you decide to do the IDA Master?

My initial purpose with the IDA Master was to dive in deeper into the topics of individual differences in the organizational work context. However, as soon as the master started I got introduced to so many interesting topics, that now I want to gain knowledge about individual differences in as many facets as possible.

Looking at the program schedule, which course excites you the most and why?

I am really looking forward to all the traineeships, because this allows me to get insights into so many different topics, while acquiring many research skills.

Do you experience stress/pressure in your studies? How do you deal with it?

I feel a lot of stress during my studies, and the best way to deal with it for me is to be in the evenings with friends and talk about everything else but my studies (maybe about interesting topics discussed in class, but not the workload ;))

How can your knowledge from the IDA Master be useful for the real world?

First of all, the ability to critically reflect is very important in all kind of ways. In addition, I think that the “real” world could really benefit from the psychology of individual differences. Looking at education, work context, diseases etc. we can definitely say that a one-size-fits-all intervention does not work and we have to consider how people differ from each other in order to design preventions, interventions etc, accordingly.

Why do you think it is important to study what you study?

There has not been that much research on individual differences yet. However, if we really want to understand human beings, then we have to do a lot more research on it. Eventually, if society gets a better grip of how individuals differ in many areas such as personality, motivation, cognition, emotion etc., we could adjust the environments people live, learn and work in.

What is the most fascinating thing you have learned?

I was really fascinated by how and to which extent one can link biological processes to individual differences.

What motivates you to keep studying?

The lectures where I go out and think “wow, this was interesting, I learned again so much in these 90 min”.

How are you experiencing the relationship with your teachers?

They all are very helpful and kind, and want always the best for you.

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