Pablo Garza

Expat life in Nijmegen: Pablo, Mexico

In the series "Expat Life in Nijmegen", expats talk about their lives in the Netherlands' oldest city. How did they end up here? What do they do in daily life here and what do they think of the city and its surroundings? 

Here's the story of Pablo Garza from Mexico...

"My background story is a blend of two countries – Mexico and the Netherlands. I am originally from Mexico City. I have been living in the Netherlands for over two years, however, my story with the Netherlands started about eight years ago, when I did an exchange program in Groningen. While studying abroad, I felt a unique connection with the country, it’s people and it’s way of life (still not with the winter weather tho); since then, I have been working on coming back and finding a way to call this place home. I moved to the Netherlands to study a master’s in business administration at Radboud University, and after graduation I have been working in the field of higher education at Radboud University, within the Nijmegen School of Management.

My role as an International Marketing and Engagement Officer is centered on driving the internationalization efforts of the university and enhancing its visibility and engagement with international stakeholders. In essence, my role serves as a bridge between the university and the global community.

My journey into the role was quite spontaneous. After completing my master's degree, I came across the job vacancy that felt like it was tailor-made for my own personal story. Studying abroad and exploring new cultures had always been an important part of who I am. When I saw the opportunity to work towards creating similar life-changing experiences for other students, I was immediately drawn to it. Whatever I do now, or whatever I do in the future, I will always look into creating a positive and meaningful impact on people's lives.

Nijmegen constantly inspires me with its creativity in both work and personal life. It's a city filled with creative people and spaces, triggering my own creativity. I also enjoy an active lifestyle and love the city's nightlife and music scene. But what truly captures Nijmegen for me are its uncomplicated pleasures, like running across the Waalbrug, having a drink on the boat at Opoe Sientje or just laying at the Waalstrandje during a hot summer day.

Coming from Mexico, I do miss the food back home. As someone from a different culture, I sometimes miss having spicy food around, but you get used to it. I mean, kroket and bitterballen are also tasty, right? And nothing like a frikandel speciaal.

For me, the greatest treasure of Nijmegen is its people. I've had the privilege of meeting some of the most welcoming and fun individuals here. Friends that I call family now. The strong feeling of friendship they have, is something that you might not find elsewhere. So, my tip is simple: don't hesitate to reach out and get to know them better. You'll be genuinely amazed by the incredible people you can meet and the friendships you can build in this city. People here are truly special."

Studying & working in Nijmegen

Nijmegen has a lot to offer in terms of studying, working and business. The oldest city in The Netherlands is also one of the largest student cities in the country. The city presents itself as a leading global player in solving social issues and problems. With its significant position in the Health & High Tech sector, Nijmegen belongs to the international top when it comes to improving the quality of life, healthcare and the development of high-quality technology for various social applications.

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