Leisurely but satisfying. And on that note, the last big party of the Wageningen AID could have ended. But that was before the band Shantel took to the stage.
Wageningen isn't that bad
It isn't boisterous, but neither is it dull. The mood is one of relief and satisfaction. First year student of Nutrition and society Amber finds out that Wageningen is nicer than she had expected. She wanders around the student society stands making their last recruitment attempts, but is adamant not to join any. 'I don't see much in the big societies and I'm not really a Christian either.' A little further off, Eva thinks differently and has signed an enrolment form with the SSR student society. 'I hesitated for a long time, and then I thought I'll do something different with my life. Actually, I still have doubts.' Aspiring agrotechnologist Simon is standing near to the party tent. 'Just having a cigarette,' he says. 'You can't do that inside.' He too is pleased with the AID. 'I expected Wageningen to be smaller, but it isn't that bad. And the people here are quite nice actually.'
The band Shantel makes its appearance at about half past eleven. With its electronic gypsy-style music, it brings the tent to life. It makes the audience jump, laugh, dance and do the polonaise march, not caring if it is right for the occasion or not. One more encore, and again one more. The band plays on for more than half an hour extra, and even after the last encore, the youths continue to sing along. 'The student society is the next stop,' says new aspiring KSV member, Max. 'The evening is just about to begin.'