Ask a student what my job is, and they’ll tell you I’m a teacher. Whenever I’m at a birthday party and tell people what I do, I tell them I’m a researcher at university. Students tend to see only one side of my job, but it might be a good thing to realize we often do more than just teach.
PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: the new household drone isn't up to everything.
Biking through the crimson red paths, learning to stay within the boundaries of the white lines, a quick look at the cloudy sky and the exasperation of the forgotten raincoat, I gave out a small sigh and kept on peddeling. Three weeks in Eindhoven and was I ignorant of the rain today or indifferent to its continuity?
Alex, an international newbie in Eindhoven, was at his new Dutch friend Bo’s Bday bash. The Birthday boy/girl gets congratulated here in The Netherlands. Little did he know that people close to the birthday boy/girl may get congratulated too. Upon being congratulated, he could only think of his lil promotion at work. So, he responded to Bo’s mom’s ge-felic-iteerd with “It’s no big deal”.
I recently turned a year older (and hopefully wiser) here in the Netherlands. For all those who have spent a birthday in the Netherlands, may have been congratulated by their Dutch friends with a “Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!” or simply “Gefeliciteerd!”. For the uninitiated: this literally translates to “Congratulations on your birthday”.
After a very fancy, entertaining and fun intro week, the new international students now have to find their ways in Eindhoven for their survival. Settling down in a new place is always challenging but at the same time it is the most exciting part of studying abroad.
There you are. Or, there you are again. The academic year has started with a bang and gold ribbons, and the science fiesta is about to start once more.
We all know the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC s), which aim at unlimited participation and open access via the web. Well, in August TU/e experienced various types of MOOCs I’m going to describe. One of them, unlike the real MOOC, was characterized by a limited participation and controlled access to our campus: a peaceful invasion by our new international students which resulted in the presence of Many Outlanders On Campus.
As an international student, it was great to see my family and friends again during summer. Seeing them was great, but leaving was a bummer. Caution: Saying goodbye can get you teary-eyed and give you a throat-ache without having any allergies. But it’s refreshing to see so many freshmen around again. That brings back memories.
It was summertime and it was raining. I was too late for the gym and too early for my 9’o clock dinner. But I was perfectly on time for the upcoming thunderstorm and for my daily dose of sneezes in the saddle of my Sparta bike. The exact moment I was mad at myself for not checking Buienradar.nl - holy holy is Buienradar, Buienradar is the Law - I saw somebody in the distance, getting completely wet while coming out of the bike shed. Another idiot as me - I thought - and not Dutch, for sure.
Friday afternoon in a big Dutch city: a quiet corner near a busy road. People had gathered for a very special reason: to collectively commemorate their missing dear ones.
A few days ago, I had the honour of giving a short talk at a TU/e alumni event. To really look like a ‘role model’, one of the organising ladies offered me to wear a cute little badge, a small metal gizmo of 2x2 cm with the TU/e logo engraved into it. Before I could actually accept it, the lady hesitated and remarked: “Remember, only if you really appreciate it.”
Ever since my first time in the Netherlands I have been amazed at how the Dutch cuss when it rains. After two years here and of course many downpours, I still find rain romantic!
It was one of those rainy days in downtown Amsterdam and a car, one of those big Mitsubishi station wagons, stopped for a red traffic light. The car behind, one of those big Volvos a.k.a. “the tank”, could not stop on time (the story doesn’t say if it was because of the slippery pavement) and crashed into the station wagon.
Earlier this week EP-NUFFIC launched what is meant to be “your first step towards mastering the Dutch language. It shows you how much fun it can be to learn Dutch” and also helps you discover some typical aspects of culture.
Recently, on behalf of my professor, I had the chance to be the ‘Materiedeskundige’ at one of the exams during last exam period. Being on the other side of the desk was a completely different experience.
“Help yourself with anything in the fridge, I’ll be back in a minute”, said my host as he was strolling away passed his kitchen door. This was in America where in traditional rural areas the kitchen is part of the public space of the house, visitors come and go through that rear door, and so is the fridge as equipment there. And they mean it: do take that beer yourself out of the fridge! as good peaches with a large public space usually do.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie seems to be rather selective.
In a recent meeting between members of the Faculty Councils and the University Council the regulations of the Bachelor College were discussed. At the end, some people were skeptical about whether the questions and remarks would be taken into account by the Executive Board. “Does the University Council really have an influence on the strategy and policy of the Executive Board?”
This column is for you, weeper expat living in town, threatening to divorce Eindhoven at least twice a week (three when it rains). I beg you, have a look at my five-minutes blablabla below, unless you have finally found the courage to move to your beloved Amsterdam, abandoning us in this awfulmoderncitywithoutanhistory, where there is nothingtodoapartfromsportingandgetting- drunkinstratum.
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At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.