Prior to coming to RSM I took a year off after my Bachelor’s degree in International Business at University Maastricht’s School of Business and Economics. I decided to take a gap year between my degrees, because I wanted to get some practical experience through internships in consulting as a basis for my master’s degree in Strategic Management at RSM. I also used the time after the internships to travel through China for a month. The time off gave me the opportunity to make valuable experiences and the break from studying that I needed to tackle my master’s fully recharged and with lots of motivation.
I decided to do Strategic Management because it was a logical extension of my major in Strategy in my bachelor studies and because I had heard good things about the programme from fellow Maastricht alumni. RSM was my number one choice as a destination for my graduate degree, because I wanted to experience a different university and a different city for my master’s. Furthermore, I was looking for a university that delivered good value for money and was internationally renowned for their research efforts. RSM was an excellent choice in those respects!
I experienced RSM and Rotterdam as a great place to be. My master’s programme gave me exactly the “scientific rigor” I had been looking for. This was strongly corroborated by the fact that you get to work with experienced and well-known professors and researchers on your master’s thesis. In particular the support process during my thesis I experienced as very good and well structured. Contrary to the often-voiced prejudice that Rotterdam is a “grey harbour city” or similar things along those lines, I actually experienced Rotterdam as a great place to live! The city has lots of things to do, like rappelling down the Euromast tower, the night life on the infamous Witte de Withstraat is great and “oases” like the Kralingse Plas make for a great backdrop for extended runs or just a few beers at the waterfront. If you are interested in coming to RSM I recommend you connect to some former students to get some good insights and first and foremost: Come take a look! The new campus is shaping up to look great!
Lars Ickenroth, student Strategic Management (2012-2013).