Slowly but steady I’m starting to realize that after this summer holiday I won’t head back to the Baltics. At least, not for study or internship purposes. The final report for the Dutch ‘VSBfonds’ (the organization that provided me a fantastic scholarship) is approved and besides that, I recently found a very postive article about my functioning on the Study in Lithuanian portal. Just because I’m rather proud of all these kind words from Lithuania I’ll share the article right here. No idea who the author is actually, but this person surely managed to sketch an overall profile of my previous two years in both Kaunas and Tallinn. Thanks!
Smiles, spirit of initiative and contagious enthusiasm, these are the three first words that come to our mind when we think about Nienke Bos, the recently graduated student at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU). Nienke, a 24 years old girl from a small village in the Netherlands, has recently gained her MA diploma in “Media Analysis and Journalism”, a well-consolidated degree programme offered by the Faculty of Political Science. Over the last two years, she has achieved excellent results in her study career, contributing to deepen the personal horizons of many VMU local students with her international experience and ending up defending a thesis entitled “Mediated Female Beauty in Dutch Beauty Blogs”, an interesting research on the ways women are being represented in the modern social media.
During her experience at VMU, Nienke has literally entered the hearts of many members of the university community, and this has happened not only for her great skills as a student. In fact, she has also taken part in the most various initiatives organized by VMU International Office and by other student organizations in Kaunas, including the project “Erasmus for Lithuanian Schools”, the so-called “Cultural Nights”, and has also shown to be an active component of the “VMU Ambassadors Club”. During her study experience in Kaunas, Nienke had also the chance to apply for one of the student exchange opportunities offered by VMU. Thanks to one of the 140 university bilateral agreements that VMU has with higher education institutions of 40 different countries, Nienke got a place at the University of Tallinn. And after her previous study experience in Latvia, she finally realized her personal dream to study in all the Baltic States.
Throughout her stay in Kaunas, she has injected enthusiasm in the life of many people, spreading her passion for flying hot-air balloons and the amazing charm of photography. Her blog, full of passionate stories and photo-reportages on her trips and experiences in the Baltic States and neighboring countries, has become an inevitable reference point for many Lithuanian net surfers as well as for the international internet visitors. Thanks to her photos, the VMU community had the possibility to see the beauties of Lithuania through the eyes of a foreigner. Her great spirit of initiative has made Nienke a recognized student within the university. Her experience shows how VMU international students are unique and extremely valuable personalities for all the university members. Every year Vytautas Magnus University welcomes within its community a growing number of international students, putting a lot of efforts in order to make them feel like at home and enjoy their studies.