Three years ago I started working at the university that I obtained my Master’s degree at. I am getting used to saying that now. If you had told me five years ago that I would be doing this job, I would never have believed you. Working in education? Me? Ha!
Yet, I find myself highly enjoying every single day at work, where I coordinate an international Bachelor programme. I interact with students, staff, and many colleagues who come from all corners of the world. I organise all kinds of events and projects both for students and staff, and generally am responsible for making the (organisation of the) academic year run smoothly.
It is truly a very enjoyable environment to be working in: everyone values education, (self-)development, achieving your goals individually and in team work, and preparing yourself for a good future. One of the possible ways to develop yourself and learn, is to visit other universities – see how things are done elsewhere, talk to people, ask questions, and also share with others the best practices that you have encountered. I took the opportunity to do just that, last year in May. Read on if you’re interested! 🙂
A year ago I wrote about my intention to read more books. I am quite proud to say that all the books in the picture I posted back then are crossed off my reading list. I recently bought a new book case and I hardly have any room left already, so it’s safe to say it’s going quite well on the reading front! I do still have to urge myself consciously to really make time to read, and so here’s another post to help motivate myself by setting some goals.
Let me start with a quick note on what I’m currently reading: Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I’m loving it. Really – it’s so intriguing to read how she grew up, and how much she’s accomplished throughout her life. I was very excited about getting to know her through her book, but I do have to say that I was confused a little when I heard that attending her stadium book tour sets people back at least 150 euros. Man. That’s a lot of money to ask from people.
But anyway! I have a new list of books I want to read and a new way to keep myself entertained and educated: I read somewhere that if you want to read more, it can be helpful to pick a general theme. And so I decided to pick out some countries I find interesting – be it as a vacation destination, a culture that is completely different from my own, or a politically interesting country, and buy books based on that.