School spirit

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King Jr.

As we celebrate MLK’s birthday, it is only appropriate to reflect on the importance and impact education has on one’s life. Maastricht University prides itself on its problem-based learning method, which emphasizes strategic thinking while acquiring knowledge about a particular topic (becoming an expert). This also means we have intense discussions regarding the literature and applying them to modern issues and concerns.

I’m currently in the Master’s of Media Culture program, which compares old and new media and their effect on our society. It’s a one year intensive and reflexive program. Every four weeks is a new topic, which also means we have finals every four weeks. The topics, while applicable to all new media, focus on the following fields: journalism, art and culture, sound technology, game culture and politics.

For the second semester, we have the option of writing a thesis, doing an internship, working on a collective project (typically here in Maastricht), or studying abroad. It was this flexibility that appealed to me the most. I’m very happy to let you know that I will be able to partake in the internship option – where and what are coming in the next post (yes, it’s that big that it gets its own post).

We’ve read and analyzed so much academic literature, I thought I would be anti-reading for the rest of my life. Thankfully, this isn’t the case (just finished reading The Hunger Games and I’m slooooowly reading Casual Vacancy). I do, however, long for the days of writing press releases and employee articles – a mere 3 paragraphs versus pages of droning on about one topic (also known as intense research and discussion ;)).

I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to spend a year focusing, expanding, enhancing and encouraging growth, knowledge, critical thinking and application.

Even though his team won’t make it to the Superbowl (but I must thank him for getting me to the finals in Fantasy Football), I love and agree with Arian Foster’s words below. To the students!

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