“Some students never really learn to be on their own,” Maria says, reflecting on her own journey from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. Maria Scholten (21) is currently studying a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Technology, and is the chairperson of We Know You Know, the oldest sorority in Eindhoven. For about two years she shared a student house with five Dutch girls. After always being surrounded by her housemates, cooking together and never lacking company, she bravely moved to Aurora to live on her own.
The Italian Gianmarco Venditti (28) is in the first year of his PhD pathway at the Department of Applied Physics. He is a fairly recent Aurora resident, since May 1st, but it suits him well. He is delighted with the natural light and the view out over the River Dommel from his studio on the fifth floor.
Jenna Nikkarinen (22), second-year student of International Business and Management at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, likes living in Eindhoven. What's more, she is considering staying on in the city after her degree program and learning Dutch. Because Eindhoven suits her perfectly.
During a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof park, in the spring of 2015, the American student Ronnie Gross (21) fell in love with the tulips. When she later heard from fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta what it was like to study Industrial Design at TU/e (hip and fun), she knew for sure that she wanted to come here.
Seven months ago Matteo Presutto (23) swapped his student life in Trento (Italy) for a new start in Eindhoven, studying an EIT Digital Master’s Program in Data Sciences. Rushing into the common room on his way to his apartment in Aurora, Matteo takes some time out from his busy schedule.
Cameron Weibel (21) is originally from California in the United States. Growing up, he moved home a number of times: from the West Coast - where he was raised in his early years - to Colorado and afterwards closer to the East Coast, and later to Connecticut where he lived for six or seven years. His father advised him to go to Switzerland for his high school education. He is currently in his third year of the Bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering.
On the 11th floor of Luna lives Christian Sivertsen (25), Master's student of Industrial Design. His roots lie in Denmark, where he gained his Bachelor's of Digital Media and Design at the IT University Copenhagen. He is interested in the field of interaction design.
Many Aurora residents know Jeffrey Schijns (23), Master’s student of Construction, Management & Engineering, from his role in the campus complex as student custodian. It is almost impossible for him to walk through the city without being recognized; he is bound to run into an Aurora resident. He makes a real effort to know them all by name.
The Chinese student Siyu Wang (24) has been living in Aurora since August, and he is really enjoying life there. All his expectations have been exceeded; the photographs he saw of the rooms and the complex in advance were not very appealing. Many of his friends chose to go and study in the US, England or Canada, but he was keen to experience something different.
Before she moved into her studio in Luna and was still living in her home town of Landgraaf, 18-year-old Veerle Lemmens spent a very long time looking for housing. But once she had moved, she felt right at home: “This really is my own little place. I like a tidy house and having privacy. Now there is no one else I have to keep happy, and when I need company, I can go in search of it.”
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: South African Marinda Boshoff lives on the eighth floor of Luna.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: Laura Juan shares a bathroom and kitchen with three other internationals in Aurora.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. This time: Polina Ivannikova from Russia lives in Luna.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. Time to make a tour. This time: PhD student Daniel Vakulov lives in Aurora.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. Time to make a tour. This time: Wouter Duivesteijn lives in Luna.
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The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
There is a need for more activities for the LGBT community at TU/e. This became evident during an informal lunch gathering in De Zwarte Doos today. On international Coming Out Day, more than twenty employees and students discussed what more can be done, aside from the Facebook group recently started for this group.
Visitors to the Connect with my Culture event last Wednesday were able to participate in and watch some of the oddest activities. Held in the Student Sports Center, the event included such wackiness as acroyoga, painting a Van Gogh, eating bitterballen whilst wearing boxing gloves, and playing hopscotch in clogs. There were also regional snacks to try, and visitors could do a quiz to test their knowledge.