Rosie Mileva, international Youth Studies student from Bulgaria, talks about her studies.
Amely Bechir studied Youth Studies
"After my finishing my Bachelors programme Social Legal Services, I worked for a welfare organization in Utrecht. I liked the job, but it lacked substance for me. That's why I decided to enrol again. I chose Youth Studies, because this Master's programme focuses on youngsters with a variety of behavioural problems. The question 'why people become how they are' and to what extent behaviour is determined by nature or nurture has always interested me.
During the Master's programme, I decided to do two internships simultaneously. I worked for the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children and at the Centrum Jeugd en Gezin (Centre for Youth and Family) in IJsselstein. That was very tough, because I was also working on my graduation thesis. But both internships turned out to be very worthwhile in multiple ways.
At the office that reports to the government about human trafficking and sexual abuse of children, I mostly did research and at Centrum Jeugd en Gezin, I developed a prevention programme for the municipal government. I recorded all activities in that field and advised to start a discussion group for children with parents who are addicted or have histories of psychiatric problems. These children have an elevated risk of developing the same behaviour.
It is a theme that continues to interest me, which is why I now work at Victas in the care and treatment of drug addicts. I train youngsters, parents and professionals on how to handle substance-related and behavioural problems. I also do research and I am in the Science Commission, which determines which subjects need researching.
I also provide information during Utrecht University's open-information days, so I am still in contact with a number of lecturers of this Master’s programme. The lecturers are very professional and they are always ready to help you along on your studies."
- Amely Bechir, alumna Master's programme Youth Studies (graduated July 2015)