Studying in America;
Where two worlds collide
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Also published on the Cheops website, Eindhoven University of Technology's Study Association of the Built Environment.
My name is Illona Hartman and I am currently studying Civil Engineering at Ohio University (OU), United States of America. I started college just like most of you guys.
...I started studying ‘’Architecture and Built Environment’’ as a little freshman at the Eindhoven University of Technology, exactly two years ago. I might have been a little older than when you started college, since I ‘’planned’’ a gap year after High School to travel to Africa while doing some volunteering in Swaziland. Lovely place. Anyway, roughly one and a half year ago I got recruited by the Ohio University Field Hockey (OUFH) Head coach Neil MacMillan. So I moved to the states while continuing my (civil) engineering degree and playing field hockey for the university. I also got an Athletic Scholarship which made my American Dream complete. It has always been my biggest dream to study abroad since my English really sucked at High School. To combine my studies with my biggest passion field hockey, is another dream coming true. During my time in Eindhoven, it was extremely hard and challenging to maintain high grades while participating in field hockey on a high level. During the week, I practiced with a team in Eindhoven and for the weekend practices and games I had to travel to Bloemendaal to compete with my team in the second highest division of the Netherlands. To play and study at the same place in America and for the same goal is amazing and ideal for me.
As an American freshman, it is not mandatory to choose your major yet. During this first year, you are able to orient different majors by choosing the four so called ‘’Tier II’’ classes. To meet the Tier II requirements, which is mandatory to graduate for a major, you get to choose a course covering either Applied Physics and Mathematics, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Literature, or Social Sciences. I have already passed the second and the latter during my first semester. I participated in an Archeology course and a Sport and Leadership course which were quite funny but not that educational for an engineer with a passion for architecture and structures, haha.
To be continued ..