News - December 19, 2017

2017 was my year because…

Liza van Kapel

As the year comes to a close, now is a great time to look forward to the new year. Resource asked several students and staff members why 2018 is going to be their year. We did the same last year; how did those people fare?

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For cyclist Jan Willem van Schip, 2017 was going to be the year in which he would show the world he could also be a good road cyclist. His aim was to get a professional contract – and he did: as of 1 January, he will cycle for the Roompot-De Nederlandse Loterij team. ‘I am extremely happy that I have been given this chance to participate’, Jan-Willem tells us from the training camp in Portugal. ‘I would have preferred an even more professional team – one always aims for the highest achievable goal, after all – but I am certainly very pleased with the chance I have been given.’ He only needs to finish his thesis, and then he will have time for what he calls the ‘definition of life’: cycling and lying in bed.


Jan-Willems clearly achieved his goal, but it has turned out somewhat differently for Simona Pedde, according to herself. In 2017, she was going to decide whether she would emigrate or stay in the Netherlands. ‘I have failed!’, she says with a laugh. She did not make the choice, but she says that she has realised it is not necessary anymore. ‘Last year, I really wanted to plan ahead. Now, one year away from finishing my PhD, I am a lot more calm and pragmatic about it. I care more about the contents of a new job than the exact location. There is only so much one can control.’


Planning ahead was not Roos van der Logt’s plan either. Better yet: she wanted to travel Peru and Colombia without making plans. ‘And it was a great success’, she tells happily. The reason behind her choice was that she wanted to remain open to new experiences. ‘During my travels, I met a guide from Peru who had nothing to do at the time; he taught me rock climbing, something I had never done before. I stayed for weeks, learned a lot and met many people. Just what I had hoped for.’ However, she did notice that once she got back to the Wageningen life, it became increasingly difficult to keep the South-American improvisation lifestyle: ‘Life gets busy really quickly here. But I certainly learned from it and absolutely want to visit South America again in the future.’