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.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.