Group 54: ‘It’s so organised here’
So far Wageningen seems very nice. Peaceful and quiet thinks Rosa, and Anna
agrees. Even the weather can’t change their first impressions. Both are
from Spain and both are anxious to get started on their Masters programmes.
The Dutch educational system was an important factor in their choice to
come here. In Spain teachers don’t treat their students as equals, Rosa
explains. They consider themselves above that.
An expression of disbelief appears on the face of the group’s mentor,
Cecilia from Indonesia. She recognises the teachers’ attitude from her high
school, but at university that changed. Nevertheless the educational system
in Wageningen took some getting used to she says. Cecilia has been here for
three years and is due to return to Indonesia in about six months. She’ll
miss Holland, especially that you can make an appointment with someone here
and be sure that they will actually turn up on time. Try that in Indonesia.
And of course she’ll miss all the friends she has made during her stay.
For Anna and Rosa, their social life in Wageningen has yet to start. The
Introduction Period is a fine welcome. Rosa can’t hide her astonishment
when she explains that everything is so well organised compared to Spain.
There, there is no introduction week; if you want something you get sent
you from pillar to post. And in Wageningen, it is not only the introduction
period that is so well organised, but everything. Everything! Take Anna’s
room: everything she needs is in there, even an Internet connection. And
when she arrived with her stuff, the Dutch students on her corridor all
came out to welcome her. She’s very happy with her corridor. She’s slightly
less happy about the rain, but hopefully that will change.
Photo Guy Ackermans