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Nick Blacklock's Story

Nick Blacklock in The Netherlands in 2023

Hey there, fellow students! I'm back from an incredible three-week adventure in Groningen for the Global Energy Transition Summer School, and let me tell you, it was a life-changing experience. As I reflect on my journey, I can't help but share the immense benefits this program has brought to my education and future career aspirations.

The program has armed me with a diverse set of skills that will undoubtedly shape my path to success. Through this program, I've gained intercultural competence, cultural sensitivity, and a sustainable mindset. My perspective has expanded, allowing me to anticipate and adapt to changing circumstances with a future-oriented mindset. Engaging with experts and fellow students has polished my communication and presentation skills, making me a more effective communicator in the field.

One of the program's highlights was the emphasis on collaborative work. Working alongside individuals from different backgrounds has deepened my understanding of the impact of energy systems on the environment and the urgency of transitioning to sustainable alternatives. This has motivated me to make a positive impact and be part of the change our world needs.

Now, let's talk about Groningen. This city is an absolute gem. It's a melting pot of cultures, a vibrant hub where students from around the world come together. The bike-friendly streets make getting around a breeze, the stunning architecture and rich history create an enchanting atmosphere and when the sun sets, Groningen comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. From cozy cafes to bustling clubs to serene landscapes, there's always something happening to unwind and create unforgettable memories.

This charming city, coupled with the invaluable skills gained through the Global Energy Transition Summer School, has set me on a path of endless possibilities. I urge you to make the most of the opportunities provided to travel and study abroad. Embrace these incredible experiences, as they have the power to expand your horizons, shape your perspective, and change your life. My time in Groningen has been an extraordinary journey of growth and discovery.