CLMN | Yay, graduated cum laude! Now, let’s face reality...8 May 2017
Throughout our student lives we have been programmed that academic achievements are all that matters, and that high grades and flashy scholarly projects will land us on the job of our dreams.
This rationale has even shaped the personalities of many, to the point that they even gain pride out of their ‘achievements’, while the rest with average or low marks may even see themselves as hopeless. For me, this is just a problem of underestimation and overestimation. You are not too good, but also, you are not as bad as you may think.
It is true, the academic and professional fields are framed in a constant race in which high grades on your diploma may seem useful when it comes to competing for a job or a higher position.
Marks are relative, and not objective mainly because they fail to fully assess if a person is truly brilliant or not. What I am trying to tell you, is that you must aim to have good grades and work with passion to get them, but you shouldn’t base the success of your career on them. Instead, look beyond, assess your true strengths and your opportunity areas and work on them. I - and thousands of recruiters with me - will tell you that grades are overlooked when a candidate with the correct attitude and equipped with a knack for people, rocks at an interview.
George W. Bush once told to a group of graduates “To those who graduated with honors: well done! To those who are graduating with a C, I can tell you that you can be a president too”. He was one of those Cs.
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.