'I am still too shy to sign up anywhere'

| Stan Waning

Hundreds of students will get to know the University of Twente during the Kick-In. Who are they, where are they from and do they look forward to it? With U-Today you'll get to know a first-year student every day during the introductory period. Today: Sofía Torrealba (19) from Spain, bachelor student Communication Science.

Sofía Torrealba (19).

Why did you choose Twente?

'The variation in education, that is something I am looking forward to for the time being. I am used to education in Spain. I come from Gran Canaria and I studied there. After that I studied in Madrid, but in Spain education is more traditional than here. There, it is more about the technical knowledge, rather than the application. That is why I wanted to study in the Netherlands, even though it is a big step for me.'

Already found a place to live?

'Definitely, I have been lucky. My sister started work as a dentist in Enschede a month ago and I could move in with her. I am very happy about that, because I heard from others that finding a room is not easy. For my sister, it also took a while before she found something suitable. Fortunately, I was spared such a search.'

What do you expect from your time as a student?

'I've only been here for a week, so I want to get used to everything quietly at first. It feels like Enschede is a bit in between Madrid and Gran Canaria, in terms of the crowds and the size of the student places I'm used to.'

What is your first impression?

'I think the atmosphere here is very pleasant. Everyone is nice and helpful. The campus reminds me of classic campuses from famous films, which is something I am not at all used to from Spain.'

Are you going to join an association?

'Maybe I will, but I find that hard to decide at the moment. I am actually much too shy to approach people from clubs, so maybe that will come later. I want to feel comfortable here first, so that everything runs smoothly. The study is the most important thing. Only then will I add anything to my schedule.'