Iris Kooijman

'Mathematics is actually extremely diverse!'

When I was still at secondary school, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to study. I visited countless open days of the most diverse degree programmes, until finally I went to an open day of Applied Mathematics at TU Delft. I had always enjoyed mathematics at secondary school, but the idea of doing mathematics for seven days a week all sounded a bit ‘boring’.

However, I thought I would still go to check it out. And I soon found out that mathematics is actually extremely diverse! From Modelling to Probability Theory and from Mathematical Structures to Analysis: mathematics is made up of many components, which all differ from each other, so that it is never boring.

In the meantime, I have completed the first year and am enjoying it immensely. The degree programme is actually rather small-scale, so that everyone knows each other and there is a really nice atmosphere. You have easy access to lecturers and student assistants, so you are never left with unanswered questions.

I am not yet really sure what I want to do after my degree. Mathematics is found in all walks of life, which means you can choose from many different directions. At present, I think it might be nice to work in the financial world, but I am also drawn to optimisation.