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Paradise without alarm clocks

June 16th, 2014 by Yvon

Student Project Team 2013/14

Most people say that going back to study is easy after a fulltime board year. You are used to working +/- 40 hours a week, starting at 9 am. Student life sounds like paradise without alarm clocks. However, I really can not imagine to not be part of the SPT next year. We started this year with basically nothing: four strangers, an office, four chairs, four tables and a white board, that was it.

Now, at the end of the academic year, we have a vision of what we want to reach with the SPT, we have several projects to work on and we made a first start to get the team known in the university. But most important, we created a team with four equal team players. I met three fantastic people who I would love to see after this year as well: clumsy Céline, who has the cutest way of talking Dutch I ever heard, smart Thomas, who has the same kind of humor as me, and last but not least the social Luka, who always knows how to cheer us up. I don’t remember a week in the office without at least one funny accident (like Céline falling off a chair for no apparent reason), a serious talk about what happened in the weekend and Thomas getting more insight in how women think after hearing us three girls talk (a lot). And work, we also worked.

Besides saying goodbye to the SPT, we have to say goodbye to the different projects (this will be difficult, knowing my level of curiosity). It was nice to have the opportunity to get to know the other side of the university: the difficult systems behind several services and the huge amount of effort which is put into delivering these services. We also got to know the people who take care of the services, who showed an amazing willingness to help us, and especially to talk with us and to hear our ideas.

A big advantage of a year like this, is that you get to know yourself as well. You discover new strengths and weaknesses, which is helpful for the rest of your life. Would I still apply if I could choose again? Yes, immediately!

So, like I said in the beginning of this blog: I can not image not being an SPT member. Though I know for sure that the new team members will do a good job, and that next year for me will be awesome as well. Doing a minor in Entrepreneurship, finishing my bachelor’s and most exciting: Travelling to Nepal!

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