News - July 4, 2014

Blog: The effects of three years in Wageningen

As the author (Christian, 2014) is currently forcibly extracting a bachelor's thesis from his shrivelled raisin of a cerebrum, it was decided not to sway from that most gracious, benevolent form of prose, that is scientific writing.


The author knew very little when he decided to expose himself to the experimental condition Wageningen in 2011. It was not a purely cognitive decision as main cues for it came from paying close auditive attention to the authors digestive system, also known a 'the gut'. He hypothesized that if an  enormous amount of knowledge on communication would be amassed, it would significantly increase the likelihood of acquiring a job and certainty on what to do in life.


Three main sites of research were: Dijkgraaf, Herenstraat and Droevendaal. The increase of life-quality was exponential with every change of accommodation. Self-reported well-being exceeded all expectations throughout the experimental condition.This was mainly due to friendly welcoming Dutchies, salsa classes at ISOW (Lucia, Percy, Jose, et al.), The Bongerd (Marcel Wubs et al.,) and the nature around Wageningen. Although some authors (Italians et al.) have rightly called to attention a possible correlation between local meteorological circumstances and depression, no relationship could be found during the current research.

Results and conclusion

So, a heap of communication knowledge was accumulated. Surprisingly though, most of it outside of classrooms. Dutch, French, Spanish and Body Language were greatly improved. Scientific writing, apparently, was not. Working experiences further increased socioeconomic factors and two diplomas in cleaning toilets were achieved.

The hypothesis that knowledge would lead to a well-paid job and any certainty about life in general  has not been confirmed. It is assumed that further life-altering decisions will yet again have to be based on gut-feelings. A drawback is that this experiment is impossible to reproduce as unique interpersonal relationships and experiences made up 84.9 percent of the whole conglomerate.


Waves of warm gratitude flow through the author's intestines as he/she thinks of the past three years. And a special thanks goes out to all legendary people that were (well) met along the way.

May the force be with you!