Memories of my life as a student
To be in line with this week’s theme on the #careerlion blog, a trip down memory lane. A blog in which I tell you about my memories of life as a student. Some days it feels like it was just yesterday, while most of the time it feels like years and years ago. For your information, it has been 2 and a half years now since I graduated from the TU. Are you ready to look back with me at the good old times? To see what you will be missing for all of you that are still studying or feel nostalgic with me?
Camping at the Library
Definitely not my fondest memory, but a very memorable one nonetheless: the TU Delft library. Everyone used to kid that I had built myself a tent there. During my years in Delft, I spend a lot of time “camping” in the library. Studying, not always as efficiently as I wanted to. Usually I was easily convinced (trust me, there wasn’t a lot of effort required) to have coffee and by the time I got back to my desk it wasn’t long before I went for another one. I had great laughs and conversations, all while I was trying to avoid studying more. In the end, all of my hours in the library did get me through my bachelor and master in a reasonable amount of time. While a library is of course not the place to be, I regularly found it to be the perfect location for entertainment. After all, observing people continues to be one of my favourite things to do in live. Obviously, a weird thing to say maybe, but I am sure I am not the only one.
If there is one thing I miss about summers as a student, it is probably the spontaneous picnicking. It was one of my favourite things to do. In the Netherlands, as soon as the weather is above average, we lose our minds. We drop everything we do, all in a quest to catch those few rays of sunlight we get a year. Hoping to at least get somewhat of tan. I always had a bottle of Prosecco in my fridge for those sunny days (who am I kidding, rainy days included) to share with my friends on a picnic plaid. We would go grocery shopping and spend the day/night talking accompanied by some salad or BBQ and lots of Prosecco or Asti. Even if you decided to enjoy a picnic by your lonesome, there was a good chance that you met one of your friends with the same idea in mind. Only to spend a fabulous day together. Sometimes I wish I could just tell my boss: “Sorry I have to go, I have some vitamin D to catch in a forest/at the beach with my friends. I will see you when the sun is gone again!”. Then again, one can only dream right.
If there is one thing that Delft is known for, it is of course the costume parties. Nothing beats a party where everyone dresses up and one can no longer recognize each other. It is a guaranteed success for a great night, but also for a lot of fun in the preparation phase. Expect the most impractical and over the top costumes. It is not like your typical party where everyone decides to be a bunny or witch. Think of people dressed as Mars bars or tomato cans for instance. One of my favourite times was going as Hello Kitty, convincing Bart to go with me as my male Hello Kitty boyfriend. Even though Halloween is becoming a bigger hit in the Netherlands by the year, nothing beats the student parties in Delft.
I feel like this blog could go on and on forever. The endless nights of drinks and other activities that I’ve organized being part of committees and student association board were some much fun. The trips we went on with fellow students. The funniest stories we exchanged with one another in between/during classes. Think girly girls in a city full of “technical men”. There was never a lack of hilarious material to share over tea or wine. The spontaneous IKEA or home-“cooked” Mexican dinners. The countless number of sleep overs, involving a good party of course.
Now we’ve shared our stories, it’s time for yours! What are your best memories of student life?