27, Italy

Who are you?

My name is Matteo. I am 27 years old, proudly born and raised in Italy even though I’ve always had an internationally oriented mindset. I always knew I wanted to become a dentist, and after finishing my high school, I moved to Madrid, where I lived for 5 years and studied to become a dentist.

I love to travel, have fun with friends, play basketball and talk about dentistry for hours.

Why did you want to come to the Netherlands?

I was honestly looking for an experience in a foreign country, a new challenge, a chance to reach my independence and grow as an individual. When I started to read and know more about the Netherlands, I saw what a huge opportunity it was to get me closer to my goals and at the same time open myself to a new  lifestyle and culture.

What is the most unexpected thing you’ve encountered so far?

It surprised me how much my life has changed throughout the last year. So far everything developed a lot more than I thought it would. I definitely was not expecting to get settled so fast in a new city I hadn’t even heard of a few months earlier. I have met a lot of new friends and interesting people, and after almost a year of joining the project, I can tell I am very satisfied with my decision.