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Discussions and assignments constantly stimulated me to think, to be critical and innovative
GHIS deeply enriched my Master’s experience and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I had the amazing opportunity to be taught by experts on digital society, climate change and stem cells and thus uncover novel topics beyond my own discipline. Besides that, through all the discussions and assignments, GHIS constantly stimulated me to think, be critical and innovative. In small interdisciplinary groups we had to come up with solutions to some of the greatest issues facing our society, such as climate change, fake news, or even the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This truly made me feel that my work could have a real-world impact.
I have learnt to breach the gap between me and other disciplines
During the debates in class I had to learn to connect my knowledge to that of other students and to throw my point out there. This is an important skill to have, but not a thing I learnt among my fellow degree students. I was also confronted with preconceptions other people have of me and my discipline and I had to learn to breach that gap. The diversity of people leads to different dynamics every time. People from other countries and studies provide me with insights I never thought of myself, and open up fields of study I will not easily encounter otherwise. The teachers also help in achieving this; allowing me to learn things beyond my own discipline.
I am now able to solve a problem in a much more effective way
GHIS helped me to understand where links between disciplines are. By being able to communicate with people from other disciplines better, I am now able to solve a problem in a much more effective way. I have never realized how deeply engaged people are in their own tracks. It turned out that there is a lot of stuff that I just completely hadn’t heard of, but that is in fact really interesting. The teachers are very interested in your thoughts and questions, which often come from a completely different background than the teacher is used to.