Academia & mindfulness
A little about me -
- From failing-student to overachieving perfectionistic doctorate, I know like no other what it means to experience stress and struggle with academic life.
- In 2016 I started to try out meditation and mindfulness
- Later, I started to combine my scientific background with my love for Mindfulness to find that balance for life.
- PhD at the division of Psychiatry, University College London
- Visiting researcher at University of Alberta, Canada and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
- Master management, economics and consumer behaviour at Wageningen University, the Netherlands
- Bachelor business economics & marketing at Avans Hogeschool, the Netherlands
- Upper secondary level (HAVO), the Netherlands
- Lower vocational education level (VMBO), the Netherlands
With my training experience I had to learn to learn. What do I mean by that? I started on “the bottom” and worked my way up to doing a Ph.D.
My journey included having to learn how to cramp for exams differently, write a thesis on different levels and do it in a foreign language.
As a Dutch PhD student I followed various courses in academic writing at University College London and Kings College London.
One of my assets is that I can help students from different educational levels – because I’ve done all of them!
However, during my PhD, I never got the support I needed, and each day was a struggle as I battled alone to work out what goes where and how to craft my thesis.
But I wasn’t alone. Many of those around me, particularly fellow international students struggled to write to the necessary standard of English.