CLMN | Do we really follow our priorities?4 April 2017
Once I was awarded the first place in an entrepreneurship contest. I literally bursted with joy and felt that I had achieved something valuable for my career. However, happiness didn’t last long…
The next day, I learned that I would fail the most difficult course of the last semester of my bachelor’s because I couldn’t make it to the exam since I went to the contest. I immediately minimized the problem. Confidently, I thought: ‘This will be fixed as soon as I show the professor that I didn’t attend to the exam because I was doing something that was not just good for me, but for the university and the entire community!’.
I arranged a meeting with her, explained what happened and she congratulated me, gave me useful tips for my project and also a flaming 0. She praised me for pursuing my priority, which in that case was… to win an award and not to pass the course. I was perplexed. The victory became tasteless, but a bitter lesson was learnt. Everything is about priorities!
The career we choose, the five minutes we snooze in bed, the grades we get at school and how we relate with other people, are decisions that are made based on our priorities. If you are a prominent professional that invests tons of time in working but none in hanging out with friends, or if you are always late, or with low grades. Then, I have to congratulate you for your achievements! I just hope you are not pursuing the wrong priority that will end up with a bitter victory - as it has done with me.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
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.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
For thirty years, Huub Meijer, former Dutch champion and national coach of the Dutch karate team, spent evening after evening in the dojo and the gym of the Student Sports Center working as an instructor. He taught students the intricacies of various martial arts and ran strength-building and circuit training sessions. All the prizes he has won over the years are now stored in plastic bags – ‘they were on show at home for long enough’ – but he looks back on a glittering career with satisfaction, and with even more pleasure on a fine working life as a trainer.
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.