Nice to meet you, Maastricht
Hello everyone who is reading this article,
I would like to introduce myself to you a bit before I share my life in Maastricht with you.
My name is Clara and I am from China, but I have studied in Monash University and lived Melbourne, Australia for 2.5 years until January 2015.
I will be here in Maastricht as exchange student for one semester until June.
It has been three weeks since I arrived in Maastricht.
I have been seeing beautiful views and meeting lovely people.
And now, I would like to share my experience with you.
My plan was a bit different from other exchange students after pickup service from Maastricht University because of my ignorance of instruction from guesthouse.
I thought I could not get the key for my dormitory during weekend; however, it actually can be got from the appointed venue in main guesthouse.
So I was careless but lucky that I did not get my key the first few days.
The reason I said I was lucky is because I stayed and got to know a lovely hotel in Maastricht during the weekend I did not get my key.
The snow view was perfect and I can tell that the buildings are quite old, but I love all old thingsJ
26 Jan-31 Jan
Things went quite smoothly since I settled down in my dormitory on Monday, 26 January.
Whereas, it is not my first time leaving my home country to live on my own so I am sure I can cope everything well.
I have been looking forward to starting the semester and knowing people from different countries, especially Dutch people since I am step on their home land. Introductory days were on 29 and 30 January. A group was formed after the general introduction session and I finally met my classmates and mentors.
My mentor’s name is Naomi, she is a lovely Dutch girl and she was very patient and helpful during the session. She took us to city tour and more importantly, she gave us a session about how PBL (Problem Based Learning) works in Maastricht University.
Our group members discussed actively on a specific topic and we were aware that that will be the regular routine for our future study life in Maastricht.
Time has flown and semester has begun already.
During the first week of new semester, there are many student events and activities arranged by the university.
On 4 February, there was a student musical event Stukafest , students are the performer and the university provide them with a stage to express their talent.
I went to a guitar and violin show and it was wonderful, the guitar player composes by himself from time to time and I was surprised that how well they play their instrument.
On the early afternoon of that day, there was a student event called Get Involved taking place in Student Service Centre, which consists of various student societies, clubs and organisations.
I registered for many of and will attend especially some volunteer events and Maastricht University Orchestra rehearsal activity.
There is a violin maker in the witmakersstraat in city who rent violin to people, I was quite surprised when I saw all the beautiful violins in his studio.
It has been a very busy week since I had tasks for group discussion leader and group facilitation for each of my subject in my period 4.
I signed up for them early because I am so looking forward to carnival holidays.
I have thought that I will be totally relaxed and free after both tasks, and it proves that I feel incredibly great after my last task group facilitation yesterday:
I have planned a lovely trip for my carnival week: Maastricht-Cambridge-Dusseldorf-Berlin-Maastricht. And I am so keen to travel around, discover Europe also discover myself.
See you in a few hours, Cambridge and see you next week, Maastricht.