I have always dreamed about turning my ideas into something concrete, to the benefit of people in the future. That’s why this is a good programme for me. We don’t paint and draw, we are creative in other ways. The analytical part is also interesting: research about products and services. Trend research reveals the changes in markets and societies, providing the basis for developing a concept.
I’m thinking about choosing the lifestyle sector Human Movement, because I like to explore new ways of transportation such as electric cars. Or maybe I’m going for Leisure. I studied Tourism before in Italy, my home country, so maybe I can combine both sectors.
The academy is a really friendly place. We work in groups that change every period. Although each student has a different mind and approach, we share our different thoughts and visions on the future. Sometimes it leads to interesting conversations.
The first Lifestyle Week brought us to several cities to do field research. This was my first taste of this study and it quickly convinced me that this programme was the right choice. I’m proud that I dared to take the step to move to Holland. In Italy, school was much more stressful. I think the system here works better. Contacts with the teachers are quite informal. You can call them by their first name and their feedback is always honest.
This programme requires you to be curious, to happily absorb knowledge and experience from the world around you. You also have to be open-minded, so you can see from other perspectives without being judgemental. It also helps if you are an analytical person, able to look at things from a bigger perspective, recognize trends and think creatively.