Are the students who will start their bachelor’s study during the corona pandemic part of a ‘lost generation’? This week, we speak ten of those students about their hopes and fears. Today: Aniket Mittal (18) from India who is going to study Economics & Business Economics.
Why did you choose to study in Amsterdam? How did you take the corona pandemic into account while making that decision?
‘My choice to study in Amsterdam was rather sudden as I had initially followed the typical trend of applying in Europe. However, I realised Amsterdam would create lots of opportunities, not just in The Netherlands but also in the rest of Europe. The corona pandemic was taken into account in terms of travel only. It did not influence my decision to go to Amsterdam in any way as my choice to study there had been solidified with a lot more pros than cons.’
When are you expecting to visit the UvA for the first time?
‘I would say in the next few months. However, if the situation gets worse or there will be restrictions, it might be later.’
How do you expect to get to know fellow students without physical activities in the Intreeweek?
‘It is tough, but everyone is in this together, so connecting through social media is the way to go. Even though social media has its limits regarding connecting with classmates, I think we realize that we are all stuck in the same situation. That can make it easier to form online connections, and whenever possible, we can continue forming the connections offline.’
Are you worried about following a lot of online classes and studying at home?
‘I am not worried, but I am aware of things that can influence my results – being lazy, prioritizing extracurriculars. It will be very easy to get carried away due to the number of distractions in my hometown. Routine management is vital for me.’
Do you think it’s fair that you have to pay the full amount of tuition, without getting the real university experience?
‘Certainly. I understand how the university works from a business point of view. However, it is a bit unfair that international students do not get a fee deduction.’