As the end of the AID week comes closer, new faces are turning into more familiar ones. Anouk Van Ekkeren from Amsterdam is glad to have her AID family by her side as she gets to know Wageningen a little better each day.
Having been a ‘mama’ herself during an introduction programme at the university where she did her bachelor, Anouk is familiar with the way Dutch universities welcome their students. However, this AID has exceeded her expectations. She is in awe of how well-organised the AID programme is. ‘It’s really well balanced. There’s something for everyone. It’s not just about partying and drinking all the time.’
She’s also glad that the activities are spread around the city and not just on campus. ‘I like that we’re going to different venues throughout the city, so we get to know the place better’, she says.
Fined by the police
Anouk got fined by the police for cycling at night without her lights on. Being an Amsterdam native, she says that she was surprised by how diligently the police check for bike lights here in Wageningen. However, she understands that it is important to maintain order and keep a check on incorrect street etiquette. ‘I get it, they have to send a message to new students. It’s quite a lot of money, so do make sure you have a working light on your bike’, she warns new students who are unfamiliar with how seriously the Dutch take cycling.
‘I studied pre-med and law during my bachelor and have been interested in human rights for a while now. I chose to study Environmental Science because I want make a career out of my love for helping people’, says Anouk. Wageningen University was an obvious choice for her because of its reputation in the field of Environmental Sciences.