Natascha Müller

“Once again I’m seeing how important it is to gain practical experience during your studies.”
Natascha Müller
Leisure and Events Management student

Natascha had no idea what she wanted to study: she just knew she wanted to get out of the countryside and live in a big city. She ended up in Leeuwarden, a city not much bigger than the one near where she came from, yet she doesn’t regret the choice for a second. She’s seized opportunities that are taking her around the globe. 

“Right after I graduated from high school I was extremely lost and had no clue what to study. Every day I had a new idea: from Biochemistry to International Business to Psychology, but nothing really seemed to fit. So one day I decided (actually it was my dad!) to make an appointment at the Employment Agency in Germany and they introduced me to the idea of studying in the Netherlands. Back home, I started researching and came across NHL Stenden. I immediately fell in love with the fact that this university makes it so easy for you to go abroad and the concept of DBE – and I loved what it looked like. What I now love most about NHL Stenden are the amazing and diverse people I was able to meet and the incredible friendships I was able to develop.” 

Making the right choice 

“I visited two open days and finally signed up for the Bachelor Leisure and Events Management, because it felt like the right choice. And it definitely was. The study allows you and gives you the tools to shape your own life. Unlike other degrees, you have a lot of free time which you can invest in volunteering, joining councils, starting your own business or simply get to know the industry by joining exhibitions, going to festivals, working or simply by studying. Since I am from Germany, I was very surprised by this as I only knew my friends’ horror stories who have no life besides studying. There was even a time when I thought I don’t learn anything because I compared this study to the ones from my friends back home. Now that I am working in the industry, I realize how much I actually learned and have developed and how helpful this practical approach to studying is.”  

Endless possibilities 

“I still don’t know what I want to do when I graduate but the study has shown me so many possibilities of where I could end up that I am not worried at all. A good example is actually my internship. After doing an Erasmus Exchange programme in Barcelona, I got the opportunity to do my internship in the Events Departments of Intracon Spain where I am operating in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions sector. So here I am working in a great team organising and executing a roadshow worldwide with onsite and virtual events for HP. The tasks vary from contacting clients to searching and visiting venues worldwide to building up and hosting onsite events to working on virtual event platforms. The best part of this internship is definitely having the opportunity to work in the B2B sector and being able to travel the globe. This journey is showing me once again how important it is to gain practical experience. It not only enables you to get to know the industry itself better, but also the people who work in the sector. Networking is extremely important in the events world, so I’m really excited to see where this will be taking me.” 

To find out more about the programme, check out the Leisure and Events Management programme page or request the programme brochure. Or check out the different international opportunities NHL Stenden offers.