CLMN | The empty tummy24 January 2017
We are almost nearing the end of January and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. But it's way past January 6th, so if you think that ship has sailed, I'll wish you all the best for your exams. I know it’s not too late for that. One point to Akarsh!
I feel a huge inclination to gloat at this point because gone are the days when I sat exams. That stress, that nervousness I felt preparing for exams in courses I knew I didn’t enjoy turned out to be the harbinger of many sleepless nights. But now those days are long gone, I somehow miss them. When I'm at home, I witness my housemates rushing to the kitchen, looking with helpless eyes into the refrigerator, realizing that the loaf of bread they bought the previous day is no longer there. And then the sudden sign of relief! “Ah geez, the bread’s still in my room!” That used to be me. I miss those brief moments of happiness, when I finally got to rejoice about something. Amid all that absentmindedness and the pressure, the assurance that my food was waiting for me in my room filled me with joy.
I believe that an empty tummy is a student’s worst enemy. It makes you forget things. It thwarts your ability to think and comprehend. Well that and lack of sleep. So if you are a disorganized student like I was, I have a word of advice. I must tell you that despite my sheer lack of organizational skills, I have never taken an exam on an empty stomach nor have I slept less than seven hours on a night prior to one. I know this does not sound very promising, but hey, give me some credit. I graduated. Not, of course, with the best grades, but I did. And I am happy about that. Grades, at the end of the day are just numbers. Ten years down the line, my score in a particular exam won't matter.
What does matter is how much I learned. That number on my grade sheet won’t be as significant as the things I have committed to memory, the professor's explanations that I sat and listened to so intently in the classroom. A single concept properly understood could mean a lot. For me, it never mattered whether I passed or failed, or scored a 9 or a 5.5. It was always about what I learned and how would I be using it later on in my life.
On that note, I would like to suggest that you check whether or not you need to buy some bread. Most Albert Heijn stores are open till 22.00 hours. You may still have time.
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.
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.
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.