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March 2014

University College

Rebel Spirit Pioneering the Politics I Dare You! Venturing into the Wild

The Bug

Editor’s Note By Kate Sytnik

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman Being first-years at College, we find ourselves right at the centre of the whirlpool of breath-taking opportunities. These days chances are just floating around in the air waiting for us to reach out for them, grab and hold on for dear life. Well, you would say, isn't it just great? Yes, it is not simply great, it is infinitely exciting, but there is a hindrance to having this variety at hand: at some point you have to choose. And here comes the problem, because often times there is nothing as limiting as freedom. But even if you think you are ready to give something a go, it always pays off to ask yourself why am I opting for this path? Is it because it is what inspires you and makes you heart thump? Or is it something that you believe is right to do because you were brought up this way? Is this something that society expects from you? We chose the topic, ‘Making your mark in history’, for this issue especially to inspire you and show that there are no limits to what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. Read the story of two of your fellow students, Koen Wies and Mauro Stel, on page 14 to see that no matter if people point to your young age, you can start your career right now! It is not necessary to wait for the grey hairs and a stack of diplomas to accumulate in your drawer to be recognized. Flip the pages to find yet another living example of that, Tung Tung Chan (page 4), who at 23 already has flourishing marketing business along with managing teaching both at EUC and privately. Discover the story of her success and 5 tips to live your own life to the fullest. Not much of a homebody and want to broaden your horizons? Follow the example of Elizabeth Kloppenborg and Ashleigh Woodend (page 10), whose adventures in ‘the wild’ have already revolutionized their worldview. Not merely satisfied with examples, but want a concrete action plan? Take a look at our Life Advice and learn the Recipe of making your own mark (page 7). If you feel a bit less rebellious and are more comfortable with traditional ways of carving one’s name in the annals of history, get inspired by the thought-provoking verses in the poetry section (page 17) and unleash your own fountainpen to create a timeless masterpiece that might appear on our pages in the next issue! Our first issue is really personal, we all tried to share what makes us passionate about life: writing, photography, traveling, inspiring people and many other things that did not make it to the pages. We hope that we succeeded in giving you a loving reminder of how beautiful life is. The very best of luck with all your undertakings, The Bug!


Editorial By Ernest Thiesmeier Working while studying sounds like an easy task to some and like a loads of stress to others. The most striking argument for getting a job next to our studies is the fact that you become eligible for Dutch student support. If you study in the Netherlands, of course. This also counts for foreign students, although only when they are citizens of the European Union. Sorry! Of course, it is not enough to just clean your housemate’s room for 5 Euros once a week. You have to show a contract, proving that you are working for 32 hours per month. To get your hands on such a contract, Dutch language skills are definitely a plus. But once you get it, the government of the Netherlands will send you a monthly support in the form of fries and krokanten. Forget that. It is actually money, the amount of which is depending on your parent’s income. You will also become eligible for a personal OV-Chipkaart. A nice little card, enabling you to use public transport for free on either the weekends or during the week. Finally you will be able to do groceries by tram! Just imagine to be financially independent from your parents! OK, maybe just partially. It's a pretty good feeling. That's at least what some people told me. Getting study support does not have to be the only motivation to pick up a job. The experience can be valuable in itself, as many students never worked a single hour in their life before graduating from university. And does a degree alone really prepare you for the world behind the borders of the campus? I doubt it. Working while studying does not necessarily have to mean that you work in a supermarket. There are many organizations out there, including voluntary ones where students can engage. Even on the campus there are several opportunities. You could work for the Erasmus Magazine. Or you could join in your student association. There are a lot of possibilities which can confront you with new challenges. Challenges from which you can learn a lot. For example, coping with even more deadlines then you are already faced with. An argument which brings us to the downside of working while studying. It is definitely demanding to have a job next to your study. However, this is nothing you could not cope with if you have some decent time-management skills. But having an upcoming exam, an essay and a grumpy boss can stress you out quite a bit. Sometimes you will be forced to focus on one thing. Will you study or will you work? This might endanger your studies, as you are faced with a choice. Putting work into something you paid for (your studies) or into something you get paid for (your job)? The solution lies in not letting down on both. Sounds stressful? It can be but it's doable. And if you really want to build up something, you better start today.

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Index Staff Profile: Tung Tung Chan Life Advice: Recipe For Making History Venturing Into The Wild Flex Page: Photography Student Profile: Koen Wies & Mauro Stel Creative Writing: The Meaning Of Remembering Poetry Section: Elegant Words And Such Makers of The Bug

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Staff Profile

Tung Tung Chan Rebel Spirit By Kate Sytnik

23-year-old joyful Chinese, Tung Tung Chan is one of the skills trainers at Erasmus University College. When she was 16, she dreamt of becoming a superstar and even attempted to start her stage show business career in Taiwan, where she went to pursue her dream, leaving Malaysia behind. Disappointed soon enough in the superficiality of the industry, she hit the road once again and came to Rotterdam to study International Media and Communications. In three years of her Bachelor's, Tung Tung not only managed to become one of the best 40 students in the city, while her hands were full enough with three jobs to support herself and demanding work at IBCOM student committee, but also founded her own marketing consultancy company. The BUG could not help but wonder how Ms. Chan worked this miracles and immediately set off for an interview to unfold the secret of her success. Your journey seems mind-blowing, but have you encountered any difficulties along the way?

Yes, surely. First of all, Malaysia, where I come from, is a very sunny place, so it was quite a challenge to survive my first Dutch winter, which happened to be the worst in last 30 years, with loads of snow and constant wind. Of course, cultural differences were sometimes a hardship as well. People seemed to be distant and formal discussing neutral topics like weather and politics. In Asia it is normal to ask more personal questions even if you meet someone for the first time. Also, my fellow Dutch students had a habit of slipping into conversations in Dutch as soon as the class ended. It created a sort of polarization in the group excluding internationals from communication.

Did you take the lead and approach the Dutch group to remind them of the international part of the faculty?

Yes, I’ve never been afraid of approaching people and always tried to change the situation. Well, I think I’ve been a leader since I was born. (Laughs) For instance, when I realized I was dissatisfied with the quality of IBCOM program, my friends and I set up a student panel that evaluated the course and send suggestions to the faculty board. I just believe that quitting is not the way to go, instead you should try to make the best of what you already have. It’s not that black and white in life, so do what you can and see what happens. By the way, IBCOM community still exists and it’s truly rewarding to see it grow.


Staff Profile: Tung Tung Chan

Such a stance requires a great deal of persistence. Do you have a personal motto that keeps you going? Remember where you come from. When I compare my life now to what it’s been like before I realize how much I have to be grateful for. Malaysia is quite a racist country, so as I Chinese I was considered a second-class citizen there. This means that I could not get healthcare or scholarship from the state. The fact that I am a woman made it even worse. So when my middle-class parents decided to invest their saving in my education in Holland, their friends were like ‘Are you really putting your future at stake? She is just a girl.’

It’s truly admirable what your parents did, it must have taken a lot of courage. So, do you feel the pressure to perform, to live up to their expectations? Surprisingly, I don’t. Even though I do try to help my parents as much as I can and I would like to be able to support them in future, I focus on my happiness first, because ultimately any parent wants to see his child being happy. I want to be successful for myself. So I do think at the back of my head about my parents, but I keep my eyes on my personal growth and development.

That sounds fairly ambitious. Do you aim to be the best and try the hardest you can?

I don’t try to be the best no matter what. It has to be something that I feel right about and comfortable with. I don’t want to reach for the stars, because it’s impossible and will only make me feel miserable. Instead, I look at the situation and think what I can do with my capabilities. When I achieve the goal that I set out for myself, I am satisfied.

What is your driving force? What do you wake up for in the morning?

By thirty I want to be fully, completely independent. I dream of having my own piece of land with a self-sustainable house, because I don’t want people to be able to tell me “Tung Tung, here is your electricity bill, and here is your gas check’’. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to separate myself from society, I just have a clear idea of how I want to live my life. So I would say this is my driving force, as only when you are independent, you can fulfill what is truly inside you. But for that you have to think, confront your fear and ask yourself what is it that you really want, otherwise no one can help you to reach your goals.


Staff Profile: Tung Tung Chan

What kind of mark do you want to leave behind?

When I was a teenager I hated school, and if someone told me that learning can be so much fun and knowing things feels so good, I wouldn’t believe. I blame this entirely on the Asian educational system, so I will do my best to make the change. I am thinking of getting a Master’s degree in education, gaining credibility and reputation here to change the way we learn and teach. Still, I understand this might be a bit too radical, so I decided to start where I am and influence people one by one. I have an umbrella goal, but I am really open to whatever happens in between.

Thank you very much for the interview! The BUG wishes you success with your revolutionary mission!

Go and support Tung Tung’s talk at TEDx on March, 6 .

Five Tips from Tung Tung to live your life to the fullest 1 2 3 4 5

Be passionate about what you do to succeed Build your own network and maintain relationship, people are always in the first place Happiness does not come from outside, from job tiles, merits or being rich or smart, it is always about love To make your life meaningful, leave something behind for others Don’t forget who you are and where you are coming from


Dear Bug, much like Robin Williams playing John Keating in Dead Poets Society, my English teacher is an astoundingly inspirational father-like figure that is pushing me to make my mark in history. He saw me doodling in my copy of A Clockwork Orange, so he told me to use my gift outside of the classroom and pay attention. As such, I decided to heed his advice. Now, I live in Mesa, Arizona and there’s a shop called History by George, so I thought that would be a great place to leave my mark. However, apparently it’s against the law here to graffiti a rampaging stampede of one-legged roosters all across the store’s windows. I’m currently on the run from the police, but I’m still looking to make my mark in history, what should I do?

Life Advice

Recipe For Making History By Noah Bloem

I will be very straightforward: you are a genius! Who would have ever thought to graffiti a stampeding mob of one-legged roosters? It’s phenomenal! I personally think you’re really up to something and I feel that you should continue this. Understandably, the police being after you is a slight hindrance, but you should rather see it as a blessing. You see, if you want to make a mark that will last through all ages, then the fact that you are being chased by cops will make you a legend. Here’s my advice. Escape the area, but as you drive away stop every kilometer or so and graffiti a rampaging rooster leaving a whole trail of stampeding birds behind. Also, it would help to leave small hints here and there to make it look like you’re Spanish. Perhaps, color the roosters like a Spanish flag or write random Spanish phrases to accompany them such as “¡Ai Caramba!” or “¡Mis pantalones están ardiendo!” If all goes well, and you manage to eventually evade the law, then you’ll go down in history as “El Gallo de un solo pie”, the man who led a stampede of one-legged roosters to freedom. I just want a credit for coining that name. Oh, and if you get caught, this story is still likely to become the world’s favorite small town news article, so no worries.


Life Advice: Recipe For Making History

Dear Bug, I am a Tinder addict. I mean, I am a real addict. Since I got the app four days ago, I haven’t stopped swiping left and right. In fact, I’m typing this question while simultaneously Tindering. Despite the fact that I can no longer feel my thumb and I’ve only slept a total of three hours in the past three nights, I finally got my first match! She’s beautiful and by far my favorite of all the right swipes, so I started chatting with her. The problem is that she wants a man that can make history. Her ex-boyfriends include Bruno Mars, Mark Zuckerberg, Harry Styles, and even my heroes, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen! How can I possibly convince this girl to even give me a shot? Well, you certainly can’t match up to any of her exes, so you should just give up. Just kidding. It never hurts to take a chance. Take solace in the fact that she also broke up with every single guy that you listed above. Even Justin Mateen! Think about it, I haven’t heard of a single person in the world that would even consider breaking up with that guy. Although, perhaps, she was dumped by every single one of her exes, in which case that argument doesn’t hold much water. But if you really want to impress her by making history, create an app. A multi-billion dollar one at that. Just look at WhatsApp, they did alright. Sure, it takes a bit of training and an idea that blows everyone else out of the water, but how hard can it be? Certainly not as difficult as setting a record for most amount of time spent on Tinder, which I’m pretty sure you have a solid shot at. Stay positive. Go conquer the world. Also, I would love an app that teleports food to me. Get that down, and you’re Gucci.


Life Advice: Recipe For Making History

Dear Bug, I just got super into cooking and I’ve even recently won a baking competition with my chocolate bread pudding! However, my parents are not exactly psyched about my new passion. They want me to become an IMAX screen cleaner. I know it’s an odd job, but apparently there’s quite a market for the task. With their aspirations for my life, I’m having trouble convincing them to allow me to go to culinary school and pursue my dream. How do I convince them that cooking is the way to go for me? Well, I’m glad you turned to me for help, because it just happens that I am a professional amateur too when it comes to cooking, so I have a recipe just for you. Cook this for your parents, and you’ll never have to worry about them doubting your passion for the culinary arts again. I call it ‘The Recipe for Making History’.

Ingredients Sugar Spice Everything Nice Chemical X Chili Sauce Jasmine tea leaves

Steps Instructions 1 2 3 4 5

Mix the sugar, spice, and everything nice into a piping hot cauldron and stir until smooth In a separate bowl, grind the chili sauce and jasmine tea leaves together into a paste Slowly add the paste into the cauldron and let simmer for 10 minutes Once the mixture turns a sort of rainbow color, add the Chemical X Watch your dreams come true


Venturing into the Wild By Xandra Daswani

Are you thinking of going abroad in either the upcoming summer term or even the next winter term? If so, you might find interesting the experiences that EUC people, who have already had the opportunity to go abroad and experience what other countries have to offer, shared with the BUG. We personally believe that going abroad is something everyone should do at least once in their life, as it can give you a unique insight in how differently the reality can be experienced in this world. Our first daring explorer is Elizabeth Kloppenborg, who went off the beaten track of taking electives during the Winter Term. Instead of bending her neck over books, she went to the Cambodian island of Koh Roh Samloem. Elizabeth wanted to go to Asia for a while, but she didn’t specifically know where, so when her friends recommended this beautiful island and she decided to give it a go. She went to Cambodia to participate in a charity project, and while being there, she also received her PADI certificate. From the beginning, Elizabeth was looking to do something adventurous for a month that she was spending in Cambodia, and for sure she found it. The charity project Elizabeth was involved in was about doing surveys on seahorses by recording their measurements in the water. She also volunteered at local schools, as well as doing a few beach cleanups. Even though there majority of participants was Masters Students studying Marine Conservation and Marine Biology, Elizabeth did this project out of her own interest, for the sake of experiencing something new. Besides the charity work, she travelled around the country during her time there. Elizabeth went to Siam Reap and Angkor What exploring the temples there, visited Kampot and experienced Kampot peppers and the crepe market. Sounds like a worthwhile experience of cultural diversity, doesn’t it? Elizabeth’s trip neither helped her clarify major choice for next year, nor even did it tie into EUC’s academic program. The main reason she went on this trip was to experience travelling on her own and get out of the Rotterdam and the bubble of EUC to get entirely new impressions. Coming fresh out of high school, Elizabeth thought it was a great opportunity and the right time to go abroad. She admits, “If I didn’t get into EUC, I would have taken a gap year to travel. But EUC being so broad and open to student’s requests, it seemed like a good opportunity to start studying without neglecting my desire to travel.”


Those Who Went Abroad…

Our second interviewee is Ashleigh Woodend, who went abroad on a study trip to Ghana last school year. The three and a half trip to Ghana was a part of EFR, which is the Economic Faculty Association of the School of Economics, and it was their second year organizing a trip to a developing country. In this project, there is a group of about twenty students, whose task is to do a research for NGO in the Netherlands. A branch of NGO, called Life Build, is connected with EFR active in Cameroon building schools and bringing water to small villages in the country. Life Build wanted to expand their operations to Ghana, so they thought it would be a great opportunity to send students there to explore the possible ways of bringing water and electricity to villages. All the students, including Ashleigh herself, went on a trip all across Ghana to collect data. Even though she was a bit nervous about the trip beforehand, the experience turned out to be beyond comparison for her. At some point, she started to have doubts, thinking she was getting into something a little too crazy for her liking. But when she actually came to the country she could not have been happier with her choice. During her stay in Ghana, Ashleigh learned a lot about how to be independent and think critically. But Ashleigh’s trip wasn’t all that glossy. During her stay, she and the group had put up with the conditions of some of their accommodations. It was definitely a reality check for them, leaving no choice but to adjust to what they had. For example, at first the food turned out to be not that everyone has expected. But as the trip continued, the group found some great specialties that Ghana has to offer. Now Ashleigh genially recalls, ‘Having everyone experience the same situation together was fun in a sense, because no one had to tough it out alone’. This trip was a game changer for Ashleigh, because, even though she knew she was interested in development and growing economics, only there did she realized what kind of work she wanted to do later on in life.


Those Who Went Abroad…

Watching the news on CNN and documentaries on developing countries and getting to know that there are people around the world that are having a hard time is one thing. But psychically going to one of these villages in Ghana and seeing that children have to walk a great distance to go to school with broken shoes as well as they are out of reach of electricity and water is a whole different story. Then, it is a great confrontation on how some people really live. For Ashleigh it was really tough to hold her emotions back seeing all this. When she came back to the Netherlands from her travels, she had a feeling that she had such a great life here that she can’t keep it solely to herself. One day she wants to help people, who are willing to learn, in Ghana, and start a scholarship for them or even send them books for self-education. This idea has been inspiring Ashleigh since she came back from Ghana. Though, the trip also taught her that people aren’t always what they seem. The combination of people in her group taught her that by giving people a chance and getting to know them, you can be more open. As this journey was an unforgettable experience, Ashleigh does advise trips to random countries to expand your horizons, meet new people, and make memories that will last a lifetime.


Flex Page


By Xandra Daswani

Art is something that inspires many people in the world today. It gives people the freedom of expression that is beyond comparison. One image or painting can have a massive emotional impact on a person. Photography is my medium of expression, it is my own creative outlet, where I can showcase what beauty the world has to offer in just one frame. Being behind the camera and looking through the lens gives me a whole new insight and a feeling of incomparable freedom, making my own choices on how to perceive the image I want to obtain. Some people say that the value of the image is that it lasts longer than the moment itself, and it certainly does. But having those images and seeing them also gives you a reminder or flash back of that particular moment in time. This ability to catch the moment and keep it with me forever is what I find fascinating. Photography isn’t just something I do because it seems like the easiest way to express myself, it is what I feel passionate about and I am keen to share with everyone I know. But if you decide to do photography yourself my best advice for you would be: don’t be tempted to blindly follow the craze for documenting every second of your life, do it only if it inspires you and allows you to realize your creative potential.


Student Profile

Koen Wies & Mauro Stel Pioneering the Politics By Ernest Thiesmeier

Did you know that two of your fellow students are aspiring politicians? Mauro Stel and Koen Wies founded a party to run in the municipal elections. There their party ‘Studenten Politiek 2.0’ is competing for the seats in the ‘gebiedscommissie’, an advisory board to the city council. As they are running for elections in Kralingen-Crooswijk, their goals are improvements for students in the neighborhood. "Things such as student housing, transportation and the overall attractiveness of the neighborhood for students”, are issues that they want to tackle as Mauro explains. But how do you study, run for elections and have a political post at the same time? For Koen Wies this does not pose a problem. Time management is the key for him. In this matter the ProblemBased-Learning (PBL) system of EUC comes in handy. “The good thing about PBL study is that as long as you are focused during the session and prepare for it well, you get a great understanding of the subject while having a spread workload’’. On the day of the interview, Koen seemed to have already finished his PBL. That might explain why he was the only one being seated in the discussion at the municipality. An event resembling a political talk show, just without broadcasting. Most people looked like they knew each other and colloquial handshaking could be observed all over the place. As a member of the smallest party, Koen had to enter the stage first and give an introductory speech. As “The Bug” authors by default do not have sufficient Dutch abilities, the details of the speech as well as of the discussion will remain shrouded in mystery.


Student Profile: Koen Wies & Mauro Stel on Running for Elections Attending discussions like these is part of the political life Mauro and Koen have to engage in. Mauro explains that there was a bit of a hassle with setting up the party, but ‘Studenten Politiek 2.0’ is now well up and running. “Setting up the party wasn't that easy. Because, well we actually set up the party two days before the deadline. So we had to do all sorts of bureaucratic stuff for that. But once it has been established everything goes on smoothly.” The discussion at the municipality seemed to be a success as well. Koen looked well prepared and contributed to the discussion fruitfully. Of course, not as much as the other parties, but those were clearly more experienced. Looking at the age of participants, it was also quite obvious that our candidates were the youngest competitors. It is quite sad, as clearly the neighborhood is not a typical residential area mainly populated by pensioners. After the discussion ended, it was the time to pursue promotional activities for the two EUC students. And it’s not an easy task with only two people, Mauro admits. “Actually two people is not enough. You need probably four or five people to really set up a very good promotion board. And to execute all sort of tasks you need even more staff to be involved. But that's probably something for the future.” Well, for the nearest future The Bug wishes Mauro and Koen good luck and we hope that fellow students will support the two of them by giving their vote at the elections on March, 19.


Creative Writing

The Meaning of Remembering By Anne-Sophie Halbertsma He had refused to throw the blanket away, even when the light blue colour had faded to grey and the stains and holes in the fabric functioned as a timeline of the past fifty years. The blanket told the story of a young marriage, ten children, love, pain and all other aspect of life and death. Often had I watched him going to rest and the image of my grandfather lying in that beloved bed had etched itself in my memories. Finding him there that last morning was soothing. Although his face was draped in wrinkles and the blue veins underneath his eyes darkened his expression, the frown on his forehead had vanished and the shadow of a smile played around his thin, bloodless lips. The worn out body lay calm and almost content, sunken away between the sheets. It felt as if the fine line of sunlight peeking through the mouldy curtains had stolen the last spark of life from the cold corpse that once contained the wise and loving soul of my grandfather. He would be remembered. The name of the man that had gone to find his peace in eternity would dwell on the lips of those who witnessed his life. I knew that it would take many years before time would soften and eventually bury the memories of my grandfather. They say that all the people one encounters leave a little of themselves behind, pieces kept safe in the depths of our minds. I think that the more these pieces are fed by the presence, actions, thoughts and wisdoms of the people we meet, the more these persons become part of our lives. This leads to the reassuring thought that the true loss of someone in oblivion cannot occur. Even if I were to forget his blue and understanding eyes, his slow and fragile movements, the smell of his house, the sight of him seated in that black leather fauteuil or the crackled sound of his voice, I would still know that the bond between human beings called ‘love’ is stronger than time or thought. To not be forgotten is perhaps the highest goal we can strive for, since all other aspects of life are evanescent. We take example of those whose stories are written down or the hero’s we remember on their dying day. But aren’t the people we care for, the ones we know and those we love not a thousand times more worthy of our remembrance? They are the vastest memories in our minds; the most persistent matter in time. To me, the only mark in history we can make, is the one left behind in the heart and thoughts of others.


Poetry Section

Elegant Words And Such By Noah Bloem

Creativity seems to be engrained within the human spirit. Yet, despite this fact, each person expresses creativity differently. Whether it is through painting, dancing, public speaking, sports, or any other form, the fact is that creativity is inevitably revealed through our actions one way or another. In an issue about making a mark on history, there seems to be a clear and distinct appropriateness of creativity, particularly because no matter what one may say about a lack of self-creativity, it is what sets people apart from each other. My personal creative poison, as expected from one who writes for a magazine, is writing. So here are two poems (obviously themed accordingly), in two very different styles and perspectives, the latter of which being a style I’ve never really tried before. Perhaps, with my own elegant words and such, I can carve my own mark into the fragile pages of eternity.

History’s Record Keeper By Noah Bloem

I have watched a thousand men Try to climb the desolate mountain upon which I live And force me to scribe their name with my immortal pen But is never a gift that I may give For I am History’s Record Keeper I am the watcher I am the scribe I am the storyteller I guard the archive of all time And those that seek only fame for glory Are not worthy of my pages’ divine infinity I seek those that can weave an illustrious story Show that for great deeds they have an affinity To put not themselves front, but another I am the great observer I live on my mountain and see all Of timeless tales I am the enforcer Hoping someone will answer my age-old call For I seek those that inspire me


Poetry Section: Elegant Words And Such

I Dare You By Noah Bloem

So you think you have a shot? You think you can leave a mark on those fragile pages of Human History? You think you can step out of The Dark?

And this is not your time, It’s Mine.

Claim a piece of that cake for yourself? And eat it shamelessly before me?

But if you insist And you want to take these pages from me And write your own name, And if you want a piece Of my cake, And if you want to live In this house, And if you want to claim This time as your own,

Do You Think That? Well then Take a Big step back. Because this is not your house, It’s Mine. And that’s not your cake, It’s Mine.

And I’ll be damned if I let you take it from me.

Then Bring It On.

I Dare You.

I Am Ready. And I Will Not Lose.


Makers of The Bug Editor

Kate Sytnik


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Kate Sytnik

I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. So, yes, my actual name is Ekaterina, but I flinch every time someone calls me like that, since it is a full name, and in my country we usually have all sorts of short versions that are used every day. I always yearn for new experiences, and I believe that a day is lost if I haven’t learnt something interesting. That’s why, one of my strongest passions is travelling. I adore visiting unfamiliar places and plunging into a whole another reality with all the breath-taking architecture, quirky local people and peculiar traditions. I don’t like ready answers and easy pathways. For me this applies even when it comes to movies and books. So, I don’t usually watch those colourful blockbusters where the main message is written all over the screen, neither I read ‘it’s just a story I wanted to share’ kind of books. I love being left with the ‘’ What the hell just happened” feeling after the lights go on in the cinema or when I finish the last page of the novel.

Noah Bloem

I was born in Amersfoort in 1994, but was quick to move from my roots, taking my first flight at two weeks old to grow up in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the United States of America. I, through a series of strange and random events, ended back in the country of my birth and nationality largely because I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I enjoy writing and I enjoy life. As such, I ended up writing life advice for The Bug, among other things, naturally. My advice is always spot on and should not be questioned in any way, shape, or form. In other words, my words are absolute. I also like long romantic walks by the waterside or other picturesque locations, although preferably not on the actual sand part of the beach because sand is annoying and gets everywhere.


Ernest Thiesmeier

My name is Ernest Thiesmeier and my home is the city of Berlin, somewhere in Germany. I have Luxembourgian and German roots but I spend most of my life in the German capital. Last year I moved to Rotterdam and am currently enrolled in the Erasmus University College. I do not only write for “The Bug” but also for “Erasmus Magazine” as well as on my own blog. Writing is my passion and my hobby. Be it in German or in English. In the meantime I try to make sense out of the world. Not always an easy task. Okay, I admit there is more in my life then just writing articles. I enjoy filming and finding new places. Sometimes I enjoy filming new places. In any case, new stuff is nice. At the time where this issue gets published I will be 20 years old. I hope there will be another 20 years in my life and many more issues of “The Bug”. Hopefully you enjoyed the read!

Xandra Daswani

I was born and raised on a beautiful island called Curacao, did high school and a year of university in the United States. You can say this Dutch weather is not the idealist thing at for me because it results me to “hibernating” through this cold. Photography is one of my favourite hobbies since I took classes in high school and always striving for new ideas. I am a type of person to be laid back and let things happen. A quote that truly describes how I live my life is: Live and let live, which is the modern concept that one should let others live their lives as they see fit. Now being here in the Netherlands makes me want to have ideas on how I am going to conquer adventures around Europe!

Anne-Sophie Halbertsma

I grew up in The Hague in The Netherlands, raised by a Belgian mother and Dutch father. I also have an abnormally sweet younger brother who I cannot stand ever since he grew stronger and taller than me. I spent most of the time in my life doing too many things, trying to figure out what I enjoy most. Turns out I am a rather happy person and find happiness in most of what I do, resulting in the absolute incapability to choose what I want. Even doing the groceries is a real challenge. Luckily, I do know very well how to appreciate the small things in life, such as Winnie the Pooh, Happy Socks, chocolate, space cats, pictures of Ryan Gosling and the smell of pipe tobacco. And now I’ve come to EUC, continuing doing bits of everything, including writing for The Bug and making sure this magazine looks attractive!


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