“For a long time I was not sure about what type of educational programme do I want to follow or what fields of work I am interested in, but after finishing my Bachelor’s programme in Hungary (which was still really stressful and full of uncertainties), now in Amsterdam I feel a lot calmer, balanced and confident about my present and future. My courses and teachers in the ‘Literary Studies and Visual Culture’ MA programme helped to a great extent to reach this state of mind, because indeed, my experiences here are undoubtedly different from my previous ones: during the classes we can engage in lively discussions on the given topics with our professors and fellow students; we as students are counted as an important part of the programme, our different perspectives are asked regarding the syllabus, and also; several guest lectures are brought in the university. Additionally, students are encouraged to engage in both the theoretical and practical approaches, e.g. analyzing the materiality of various texts: layout, typography or the general structure of a book.
Personally, I also find myself more motivated: meeting various ideas and seeing how the two media, the verbal and visual can interact with each other, I can apply my knowledge to my own artistic field, which is (experimental electronic) music. For me, it is very interesting to study and research the many notions discussed, for example, in my Semiotics or Narratology courses; and then see, how these concepts can work in the world of music. I found myself more productive than ever before, expanding my vision of music with verbal (short stories, poems) and visual dimensions (video illustrations, album covers). Based on the analyses we took in the Narratology course, I also felt inspired to start a literary project for myself by writing short pieces of text. During my project, I explored the possibilities, limitations and aspects of construction in literary text. Of course, my point was not to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, only to see what my capabilities are, how can I be a part of creating a text, either fictional or non-fictional. In conclusion, all of my creative processes during my stay in Amsterdam are greatly influenced by my university, for which I am absolutely grateful.
My life outside the university and workspace is also something that is (still) quite exciting for me. Fortunately, I could find the main spots in the city I visit rather frequently, whether it is about a lecture, a film screening, performance or music event, or just spending time with my friends. Amsterdam has a lot to offer, and I still have many of its sides to explore — hopefully I will have the opportunity to do that, and potentially be a part of the city’s life, regarding both working and taking part in its art scene.”