Much focus on studies, but not always on the life next to it
As we mentioned in the introduction, we are part of the Enschedays committee. This is a kind of room search day for secondary school students who want to experience themselves how it is to study in Enschede. There are so many open days in the field of studies, but we think it is also so important that someone knows whether life next to your studies is also fun. Because do you find life next to your studies interesting? Ultimately, that's what you spend more time on.
It is often a big step to go live in a student house, so Enschedays is a fun way to get to know the city and to go "hospiteren". Often you have no idea what to expect when looking for a house, so we show the students different student houses. As a result, students often gain a little more self-confidence to enter the selection rounds next time.
Besides showing rooms, we also give a small introduction to student life. We show the city, we show the associations. For example, we are affiliated with FACT (the umbrella association of the student associations from Enschede) and all members of the Enschede committee are part of 1 of the 4 largest student associations in Enschede: AEGEE, ASV Taste, CSV Alpha or Audentis. Students can see whether they would like to join a student association.
In fact, at Enschedays you often arrive completely blank and everyone gradually falls into their own place. We also know that corona has made the threshold a bit higher for living in student houses, because you have not had any open days and have absolutely no idea how the city looks like. By participating in Enschedays, we still hope that students will get to know the city a bit better.