With the annual introduction days just around the corner, new students have started to arrive. We made our way to the train station in Ede to meet up with several. Let's find out about them.
To study: Masters in Nutrition & Health
Place to stay: student house in Hoogstraat
Wageningen is her next stop after obtaining a BSc degree in the mega student city Groningen. All set? 'Don't ask! Moving from Groningen to Wageningen is a big step for me. But I had no choice as this is the only place offering this course. That's why I'm here. Anyway, I'm now mentally prepared, and it's going to be fun. I really do look forward to the introduction days.'
To study: Biology
From: Belfeld (near Venlo)
Place to stay: Will sleep in a student house tonight, where he may be accepted as a new occupant.
Why study Biology in Wageningen? 'In most other universities, biology focuses on the medical aspect. Here, it's the real green stuff, the bugs and the plants. I'm more interested in these. I don't know many people yet, but that'll surely change during the introduction days. What's more, my girlfriend will also be studying here: management and consumer sciences. We didn't plan this, and it's really a coincidence. Will our relationship continue? I think so.'
To study: Nutrition and Health
Place to stay: Subletting a room through Kamernet
'I expect to meet the right people during the introduction days. I do look forward to that. I don't know Wageningen well yet. My idea of this city? Trees. Almere is a bit bigger, but that's no big deal, as there's practically nothing to do there.'
To study: Plant Sciences
Place to stay: subletting a place in Dijkgraaf from a friend who will be in Sweden for half a year.
'Before this, I studied Building Sciences for a year, but gave it up. The subject matter was not interesting and the scope was too wide. I expect the Plant Sciences programme to be narrower. More cosy in a way. I don't really mind having to leave Utrecht. Its student population consists of too many frat rats. A few are nice, but it can get on your nerves when the pubs are filled 60 to 100 percent with fratters.'
Jerry (at right)
Takes foreign students in his mini bus from the train station to Forum and their rooms.
'Most of them are cheerful when they arrive. Some are rather tense, especially students from China as they are being confronted with the enormous culture shock. They ask many questions, mostly about practical issues, such as public transport facilities. I try to explain these to them as best as I can. The trips today went pretty smoothly. One exception: When I arrived to take someone from his room to the station this morning, he hadn't even packed his suitcase. Isn't that going a bit too far?'