Diploma

Diploma \o/

Today it is official: my youngest son has signed his diploma and is ready to go to university. He has chosen Health sciences, together with two of his friends, and will move out into the wild and roaring student life in August. Student Sean. It does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?…

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The Bird Will Soon Leave The Nest

My youngest son Sean has passed his exam. HE DID IT!! He called earlier to give me this excellent news. We talked for a bit and then I broke down crying for joy in the arms of a professor at work, oh pffff. Sean, cheers, I’m so very, very proud of you! Now Maastricht University is…

Fair Man

The Fair Man

Yesterday I stared into the eyes of a complete stranger. Non-stop, for ten seconds. No talking involved. It was interesting and weird. Afterwards I asked for his name, so he (Koen) was no stranger anymore ;) It was a challenge during the annual Education Day of our university. The speaker told us that the average…

Photos Oriental Party

Photos of the oriental party of our academy last Friday, as promised: the charming belly dancer workshop even male coworkers stepped in Dutchess & Vman party time part of my team, me on the right Dutch fries with mayonnaise as last snack, mmm :D

Moving Targets @ Avans University Holland

During the first three weeks of April our academy, the teacher training college for primary education at Avans University of applied sciences in Breda, * gasps for air * is hosting Moving targets This intensive program teaches students from Belgium, Turkey, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Holland how to go about teaching English to Dutch elementary school children with…

1984

What’s the longest you’ve been without sleep? It is 1984. And George Orwell was right: someone was watching me! But it was not my big brother. If it had been him, he could have helped! No, it was the university who was staring at me, breathing in my neck, inserting truck loads of adrenaline into my…

Progressively Unnecessary

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers How very true in the case of Doc Mass Communication, let’s call him DMC. Back in 1981 – WordPress seems to lead me back in time often these days – I left the town where I grew up to head towards the ‘big’ city…

Salute to part-time students!

Day 19 of the ‘Post A Day 2011′ challenge: Describe a time when you witnessed bravery in your profession. As some of you may know, I work at a university in the south of Holland. Since 1997 I’ve made it my job – my calling – to harass and torture students, to make their lives utterly…

Nature Versus Coding

Day 7 of the ‘Post A Day 2011′ challenge: Share a story about a memorable job interview. Back in 1984 my friend Suzan and me, both freshly graduated, went on holiday together to the Indonesian island Java. Six weeks of freedom, very friendly people, breathtaking nature, impressive buildings, mysticism, delicious food, back-to-basic transportation (did you know…