Looking at my calendar now, I have slightly less than 3 weeks left in Maastricht – time has flown by so quickly on exchange! It has been a wonderful 4 months here in Maastricht and I will definitely miss this place. On the other hand, I am looking forward to travelling after my exams and before I fly back to Singapore (probably the last time in a long while I will get to travel – especially in Europe!)
On a related, more positive note, I spent more time this month exploring the Netherlands and what it has to offer – one of which is Keukenhof (which I mentioned in my previous post). It was a really nice place, my first time seeing so many flowers blooming at one location – bar the high entrance fees and a huge crowd of tourists from all over the world. But it’s no wonder that there’s so many tourists as you will be awed by the colours, the variety and the sheer quantity of flowers – definitely worth a visit you decide to come to the Netherlands for exchange during this period!
Apart from that, I also went to celebrate King’s Day in Amsterdam on the 27th of April. It was a really huge event with different music festivals held in various places all over in the Netherlands. I went to the one in the Olympic Stadium, and it was so great that I even forgot to take more photos of the place! Awesome DJ lineup (although I must admit I didn’t know of most of them), but I think one will definitely be able to find some music that you like especially given the different stages available as well. It was my first time attending such a large-scale outdoors music event (we don’t have them much in Singapore) – I guess it’s one thing off the bucket list for me.
But besides that, another thing that has been going on for me is of course the 2 courses I am taking at SBE. Having already experienced one whole period of PBL, I think I was definitely more comfortable with the structure of the classes now in period 5 – in terms of knowing what to expect and how to prepare for class. Although I am used to presentations back in my home university, there is definitely more opportunities / presentations required here as you are required to do facilitation / group projects / research tasks, which I really feel helped me to improve my public speaking skills. And right now, it’s crunch time for me as I have two separate group reports to submit by the end of next week (although it was really interesting to work with a really international group for both of my courses).
Well, I think this marks the last post I will be making on this blog – I hope you enjoyed reading them, and it is helpful for you to consider coming to Maastricht for your exchange programme! If given another choice, I will still definitely choose to do my exchange here again! So to end off, if you do decide to come to Maastricht (and I hope you do), I wish you all the best and more importantly, enjoy the experience!