Wouter Groenink is a sixth-year Bachelor's student of Biomedical Engineering, as he admits somewhat shamefacedly. But with two soccer teams, two committees at study association Protagoras and two part-time jobs – including at PSV's Kids Club, where he also regularly dons the mascot suit – he has plenty to do besides studying.
What would you like to become famous for?
“I don't think that I want to be famous for its own sake, but of course you never know what's going to happen. Recently, as the mascot at PSV, I was kicking a ball back and forth with Lozano, so that might have been the start of a career. Or maybe the penny has finally dropped and I'll start doing really well in my studies and I'll discover something amazing. At any rate I would like to become famous for something that helps others in some way. But whether I invent a new artificial kidney or end up becoming the best mascot - either way I'd be doing it for other people.”
Can you easily take a dump in a public toilet?
“I won't put this one back. My friends often tell me that I talk too openly and enthusiastically about my toilet habits, so it seems fitting that this should also make the 'pages' of Cursor. In fact, I can take a dump anywhere and usually several times a day, too. What's more, I once made a sport of visiting a toilet in every TU/e building. And then a piddle doesn't count.”
Which ‘to do’ tops your bucket list?
“A real bucket list, with things like bungee jumping on it, isn't something I have. But the first thing that comes to mind is that I would now finally like to complete my Bachelor's. Where that's concerned I've been a slacker for too long, and I always take on too many other things. I'm doing it again now. My friends are studying again and who's doing an interview with Cursor? I also play on two soccer teams, sit on two committees for Protagoras and have two part-time jobs. I not only work at PSV's Kids Club, but for the past 18 months I've been doing daycare for two boys aged eight and ten. But now I'm making headway. I just got a couple of sevens.”
Are you afraid of death?
“Not at all. I am 24, don't drink too much and play plenty of sport. I have no reason to be worried. But I do think about death, certainly since my grandma died a few weeks ago. It was actually the first time I've experienced death so close at hand; I was fond of her. She hadn't been doing well for years, but even so at the end things went downhill quickly. Fortunately I was able to visit her in the hospice. I am the eldest of my generation, and in fact five of my eight great-grandparents were still living when I was born, three of them were alive long enough for me to remember them. But of course young people die too. I know that all too well from things my mom has said. She directs funeral services.”
When were you last unreasonable and why?
“Just yesterday evening, when Ajax scored a really good goal against Bayern Munich. That annoyed me and it's unjustified because in European matches I wish Ajax only the best. But still, as a PSV fan I was secretly hoping that they would get a goal scored against them, because I just can't stand that big mouth of theirs. They lose spectacularly and are still so convinced they'll be the champions the next time around. And I should know, my own younger brother is an Ajax supporter.”