To me, studying abroad has never been only about stuffing my brain with academic skills and knowledge, but also about experiencing life in a different way in a different country and learning from actually BEING in the new living environment. One way of doing so for me is to get actively involved in different volunteer activities, be it for a noble cause or not.
Part of studying abroad is experiencing a new life in a new city. Last Saturday I decided to spend a whole day strolling around Amsterdam by myself, visiting a couple of cafes in town, and then meeting up with my friends in the evening. It was a super fun day. Who knows that doing stuff alone can also be so much fun!!!
In this blog, I want to share with you some information about the scholarship application assessment from a member of a scholarship committee (Amsterdam University College). And as a recipient of AUC scholarship for my bachelor and Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship for my master, i also note down some advice to help you build a strong case for your scholarship application
Do you ever wonder what international students do before and during Christmas holiday season, especially those who don’t go back home or are from a country that doesn’t celebrate Xmas? Well wonder no further, I will give you a peek into my last two weeks of life ;)
A lot of you guys may “oooo” and “aaa” when reading this title, because you question how wise it is to write about such personal things online. But this is who I am. If any, being in Amsterdam has taught me to be true to myself, and that people will only accept and respect me when I accept and respect myself.
For those of you who missed my daily journey of Monday on studyinholland instagram and my lifestream session on studyinholland facebook page yesterday, i ll recap them here. So sit back, relax and enjoy my show ;)
I know the US election result has put many of us in disbelief, anger and despair; however, as the admission application deadlines of some universities in the Netherlands are approaching, we have to put those feeling aside and try to bring home the Orange dream. Perhaps this election result just adds another reason to the list of why international hopefuls should come to the Netherlands.
Let’s throwback to last Sunday when the wonderful TCS Amsterdam Marathon 2016 Event took place. If it wasn’t because of a friend of mine who participated in the event, I would have missed out on experiencing this incredible day.
Yes, it sounds pretty odd for a tiny Asian guy like me to pursue rowing in the land of the tallest, but I am more than glad that I joined a student rowing club in Amsterdam (Skoll) during my bachelor time. It never fails to put a smile on my face every time I think about all the training sessions and races that the boys and I worked so hard for.
Having studied in New Zealand and the Netherlands, I know that the application process to study abroad can be a nightmare…. But STAY CALM …. if I can do it, you can do it too. This year I will make a blog series “Get yourself to Holland” that guides you through the different stages of “that mess”. So let’s get started.