Why did you decide to do the IDA Master?
While working on my previous thesis, I realised that research and the process of exploring, executing and working on novel ideas is something I really enjoy. Hoping to build upon this fascination, I decided to pursue the IDA program from Tilburg University. I felt that this program, with its unique courses and interdisciplinary approach, would be an ideal stepping stone to help me achieve my goal of becoming a better researcher.
What has been your favourite course and why?
I have enjoyed every single course so far. But if I had to choose a favourite it would probably be “Biological & Physiological Correlates of Individual Differences” because of the practical nature of this course.
Do you experience stress/pressure in your studies? How do you deal with it?
Yes. The courses can get hectic and coupled with the constant drive to push yourself, it does get stressful. I make sure to engage is some physical activity (like going to the gym, cycling) everyday. It helps me concentrate and reduce restlessness. Every once in a while, I take a “break day” where I take some time off to relax.
How can your knowledge from the IDA Master be useful for the real world?
Everything we learn in this program, be it theoretical or practical, has real world implications. The courses so far, have not only provided me with insight into the topics but also have helped me develop important practical skills such as critical thinking, conveying my thoughts and being proactive.
Why do you think it is important to study what you study?
Psychology is a very vast field with unending questions and areas to be explored. Furthermore, research about individual differences has vast implications on every other field which involves human resources. Exploring these individual differences is crucial for understanding and optimising individual functioning, for example through interventions or improving working conditions.
What is the most fascinating thing you have learned?
When we think of psychology, we tend to distinguish topics such as personality, cognition etc. However, at the end of it, these “systems” are interconnected and are what makes an individual unique. This was highlighted in the “Dynamics of Individual Differences” course where we were required to make mind maps from an individual differences perspective. Every aspect of human life (environment, personality, genetics etc.) influences each other. To put it simply, understanding the intricacies of just “being” was very fascinating.
What motivates you to keep studying?
The constant urge to learn new things along with the bigger goal of becoming a successful researcher motivates me to push my limits.
How are you experiencing the relationship with your teachers?
The teachers are very professional and caring. They value our opinions and are always looking for ways to make our learning experience better.