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.
Answers to this simple question may prove diverse, basically affirmative or negative. For the one, it is stating the obvious, replying “Yes, of course (for the sake of privacy)”, but for the other, it goes more like: “Well no, why should I (I have nothing to hide)? Indeed, it is not so simple. Closing your curtains while turning the lights on in your living-room when it is getting dark outside to get some privacy has a cultural connotation, especially in The Netherlands.
“And I need this report ASAP!” Familiar? Who has never been confronted with this (possibly pushy) deadline in his/her professional life? ASAP (as soon as possible) is a common time expression in predominantly monochronic or linear cultures where people experience time as a continuum or a sequence. In global, modern management, it often means “right now, this minute” (or even preferably “yesterday”). However, it is subject to cultural interpretations. For people in more polychronic or synchronic societies, it can literally mean as soon as it is possible to make time for it, depending on various constraints or even fate, so maybe much later. This often results in misunderstandings or conflicts, especially when protagonists ignore each other’s...
Ironically, ‘students’ are accustomed to studying till they’re so hungry they could eat a horse. Students attending the best universities in the world definitely are. And their efforts pay off. Students of BEI just reached another milestone. They featured on 9GAG with a post amassing around 600,000 likes. The praiseworthy post showed a picture of a toaster substituting a laptop during a lecture in the Auditorium (see below).
“Class, I want your paper by Friday 5pm”. This is a classical deadline that is put to students who need to return an assignment before or by a certain time. As we all know, time is subject to multiple interpretations based on our cultural background or personal preferences. In my previous column, I dealt with the perception of the concepts of past, present and future that we have around the world. A term like deadline refers to the way we see the present or near future.
The compact campus – close to the city center, full of young people, interconnected buildings, and a warm feeling of solidarity among students and staff – is one of the attractive features of our university. A place for education and encounters, an inspiring spot for students and researchers alike. In other words: it’s the epicenter of our university community. But are we really a community?
Having read the columns of Vincent Merk about internationalization of TU/e I was triggered to write this column in English. In one of his columns, Vincent asked if other forums in the university are prepared for the international community.
Electrical Engineering student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie's got a Valentine's date.
It was a beautiful sunny day and a man took his mother, wife and daughter for a trip on his rowing boat. All four people were delighted by this short voyage. But suddenly the weather deteriorated and a heavy storm set in. The boat came in great difficulties and eventually overturned and sank. The man, although equipped with strong arms, could carry only one of the three women with him swimming ashore. Which of the three did he take back to safety?
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