About my adventure

I’m going to the United States for a year to do the master in Human Computer Interaction.
Why?
Eh…

Well, as you can read below, I want to make tools for UI designers that help them overcome their problems and guide them in making usable interfaces. I need two types of knowledge for this:

  1. Computer science/programming knowledge
  2. Psychological/cognitive science knowledge

To be a bit more specific: I need to know how the product is made, and how the human works that uses it. Furthermore, I need two types of education:

  1. Research/academical education
  2. Practical/professional education

Of course I need to do research on usability, because the tools I want to make should be based on research results. However, in order to make tools that are really useful for UI designers, I also need to know how they do their jobs.

I can acquire the academic knowledge in Eindhoven, by doing the Human-Technology Interaction MSc. For a really good professional education, however, I will go to Carnegie Mellon University, and do the master in Human Computer Interaction.

At first, I seemed that this would be an unattainable dream for me. The tuition fee at Carnegie Mellon is astronomical compared to Dutch fees. $45,000 is just way too much for me. However, via the director of the Technology Management faculty (where I finished my BSc in Innovation Sciences) in The Netherlands I came in touch with the “Huygens Scholarship Program”, which offers an “all-inclusive” grant for a lucky few talented students. As you can guess, I’m one of the lucky few this year!

A long, tiresome and sometimes frustrating period of forms, regulations and phone-calls later, things are finally coming together. I’ll leave my dear university in Eindhoven and go to Pittsburgh in a few days! I’ll keep in touch with my Dutch friends, my teachers, my family and everyone else who’s interested via this blog.

4 thoughts on “About my adventure”

  1. I want to make technologies more usable.

    Technology gets more and more advanced. The state of the art evolves exponentially. It is unimaginable what we can build several years from now… we only know that it will exceed all expectations.

    However, t

  2. I want to make technologies more usable.

    Technology gets more and more advanced. The state of the art evolves exponentially. It is unimaginable what we can build several years from now… we only know that it will exceed all expectations.

    However, t

  3. Can you please tell the qualifications you were holding to get the huygens scholarship(such as gpa or extra curricular work).I would like to apply for the scholarship but I am a bit hopeless..

  4. Well, the 8/10 GPA is a requirement. I actually had 8.6/10. Furthermore, I guess they want you to be an active person. For me this was accomplished by a board year at our Study Association, and quite a few Teaching Assistantships.

    Last but definitely not least, good recommendation letters really help. Don’t write them yourself and let the “recommender” sign them. Don’t decide on recommenders by their status. A recommender should be someone who really knows you, and he/she should show that in his/her letter.

    Oh and don’t be modest: You are really a good student (otherwise you wouldn’t join the program), so let them know!

    If you have any more questions, just let me know!

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