Blues evenings, salsa night and the NANO challenge
I am involved in all kinds of activities besides my studies. For example, the first two years I was very active with horse riding. Now I am active with fitness and sometimes go to the Big Gym with classmates after school. It's nice to work out with fellow students. I am not part of a student association, but I often go into town with my classmates to have fun. For example, on Thursday evenings we often go to blues evenings or salsa night.
In addition to my studies, I also participated in the NANO challenge of EnschedeLab. This took place on four Thursdays, where you work together in a multidisciplinary team from different institutions. For example, I worked with a number of ArtEZ students, who knew exactly how to design. What I think is so cool about the NANO challenge is that you get a research question that actually takes place in Enschede. Then you really feel that you are contributing to something and that what you do makes sense. I have often been given assignments that were made up to prepare students for "real" life. Now I am already part of that “real” life.
At the NANO challenge I got a question about smoking in Enschede. In general, smoking causes a lot of nuisance and it was our job to think about how this could be solved. We came up with a robot as a solution. We thought: How can you ensure that people are psychologically influenced by a robot? That should not happen with campaigns or flyers – there are already plenty of these. It should be something fun, such as the "paper here" attraction of Holle Bolle Gijs in the Efteling (theme park).
During my studies I also came into contact with Flowmundo during various practical assignments, where I even got a job in the field of HRM. They help to match young talent with real clients. This just goes to show that gaining real practical experience can be very rewarding!