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Achtergrond & Sfeerverslag | Kinetische kunst viert 100 jaar

This blog is a guestblog in Dutch to exchange ideas and expertises with my colleague writers of the minor Crossmedia Journalism at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
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Kinetische kunst viert 100 jaar

Kinetische kunst is een unieke kunstvorm, omdat bij deze kunststroom beweging centraal staat. Terwijl je naar meeste kunstmusea gaat en naar een beeld of schilderij staart, is kinetische kunst een andere ervaring omdat het meer interactief is. Dit jaar viert kinetische kunst 100 jaar en om dat te vieren is er vanaf 22 september 2018 tot en met 20 januari 2019 in de Kunsthal Rotterdam de tentoonstelling ‘Actie <-> Reactie’ te vinden van deze kunststroom.

Natisha Engel | 12 november 2018

Met de naam ‘Actie <-> Reactie’ wil Kunsthal Rotterdam het duidelijk maken dat de bezoekers tijdens deze tentoonstelling niet alleen kunnen zien hoe bepaalde kunstwerken in beweging komen, maar dat ze ook mee kunnen doen met sommige stukken. De expositie bevat ongeveer 80 kunstwerken van verschillende artiesten. De expositie is verdeeld in twaalf thema’s, waarin verschillende aspecten van waarneming en ervaring naar voren komen. Licht, beweging, ritme, structuur, vibratie, ruimte, radiatie, immaterialiteit en draaiing zijn allemaal verschillende onderwerpen die tevoorschijn komen tijdens deze tentoonstelling. De kunstwerken zijn bestemd om verschillende zintuigen te prikkelen en door participatie het een unieke ervaring te maken voor de bezoekers.

Geschiedenis

De kinetische kunstbeweging begon vanaf de 20e eeuw. Maar pas na de Tweede Wereldoorlog is kinetische kunst een belangrijk onderdeel geworden van de kunstwereld. Kunst werd op dat moment minder materialistisch en iets werd pas kunst beschouwd als de toeschouwer dat waarneemt of ervaart. Dankzij de tentoonstelling ‘Le Mouvement’ die in Parijs in 1955 heeft plaatsgevonden, ontwikkelde kinetische kunst verder. In de tentoonstelling van Kunsthal Rotterdam worden er zowel oude als nieuwere kunstwerken gedemonstreerd.

Highlights

Adilon, B. (z.d.) Jesús Rafael Soto, Pénétrable de Lyon, 1988, collectie Musée d’Art.

Aan het begin van de ‘Actie <-> Reactie’ tentoonstelling word je gelijk tot actie gezet. Het kunstwerk ‘Pénétrable de Lyon’ van Jesús Rafael Soto trekt gelijk je aandacht. Dit kunstwerk is een oranje gordijn van buizen waar je doorheen kan lopen. Terwijl je doorheen loopt, voel je alsof je de normale wereld verlaat en een nieuwe binnenstapt. Om je heen vind je verschillende kunstwerken die gelijk je aandacht trekken en weet je als bezoeker niet waar je als eerst heen moet. Bij elk kunstwerk voelt elk bezoeker zich verbonden met het kunstwerk op een of ander manier, omdat elke toeschouwer elk kunstwerk anders ervaart.

Wat ik ook erg bijzonder vond tijdens mijn bezoek, was de ‘Blaues Segel’ van Hans Haacke. Dit kunstwerk is eigenlijk een blauw kleed dat in beweging wordt gebracht door een fan die eronder aanstaat.

Neeb, W. (z.d.) Hans Haacke, Blaues Segel, 1964-1965, Collectie FRAC Grand Large – Hauts-de-France, Duinkerke.
Neeb, W. (z.d.) Hans Haacke, Blaues Segel, 1964-1965, Collectie FRAC Grand Large – Hauts-de-France, Duinkerke.

Hierdoor maakt het kleed de bewegingen van golven na. Dit stuk was voor mij een highlight van de expositie, omdat het eigenlijk heel simpel is en dit kunstwerk niet veel componenten heeft. Maar door de beweging van golven die Hans had weten te creëren, laat de artiest duidelijk het concept van ‘less is more’ zien.

‘Le Prisme’ van Nicolas Schöffer heeft beweging op een ander manier aangepakt. De kunstenaar debuteerde dit stuk in 1965 voor het eerst en verschijnt opnieuw tijdens de tentoonstelling.

De Kunstmeisjes (z.d.) Nicolas Schöffer, ‘Le Prisme’, 1965, Collectie Éléonore Lavandyra Schöffer, Parijs
De Kunstmeisjes (z.d.) Nicolas Schöffer, ‘Le Prisme’, 1965, Collectie Éléonore Lavandyra Schöffer, Parijs

Het werk van Schöffer trekt gelijk je aandacht door de verschillende lichten die er aanwezig zijn. Hij heeft een prisma gemaakt door spiegels in een driehoek te plaatsen en te experimenteren met laser- en lichteffecten. Dit kunstwerk brengt beweging in het licht door je zintuigen van zien aan te tasten en blijf je automatisch een tijdje betoverend naar het werk staren.

Tijdens de tentoonstelling zijn er genoeg kunstwerken die de aandacht van de toeschouwers trekken. Tijdens het bezoeken van de expositie is het belangrijk voor de bezoekers om hun tijd te nemen en elk stuk te appreciëren. Het is makkelijk om je overweldigd te voelen omdat er zoveel om je heen gebeurt. Maar er is geen tijdslimiet of haast bij het bezoeken van deze tentoonstelling. Voor mij was deze expositie echt wat anders dan normaal en hopelijk heb ik jou nieuwsgierig en enthousiast gemaakt om deze kunstroom een kans te geven met de foto’s en de hierboven beschreven highlights.

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Recensie | Musical The Lion King terecht al meer dan twee jaar kippenvelbezorger

This blog is a guestblog in Dutch to exchange ideas and expertises with my colleague writers of the minor Crossmedia Journalism at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
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Musical The Lion King terecht al meer dan twee jaar kippenvelbezorger

De Disneymusical The Lion king: ook wel de koning der musicals, zoals gepresenteerd door Stage Entertainment. En terecht, want na de première op 30 oktober 2016 in het AFAS Circustheater in Scheveningen staat deze musical nog steeds als een huis. Het prachtige en snel wisselende decor, de adembenemende kostuums en de zuivere samenzang bezorgen drie uur lang kippenvel bij het publiek.

Jill de Jong | 7 november 2018

The Lion King | Foto © Deen van Meer
The Lion King | Foto © Deen van Meer

De aftrap van de musical is al indrukwekkend. Vanuit meerdere kanten in de zaal betreden dansers en beesten, zoals reusachtige giraffen- en olifantenkostuums het podium. Vanaf dat moment waan je je in Afrika en de productie zorgt ervoor dat je dit gevoel tot het einde vast houdt.

Muziek van Tim Rice en Elton John worden wederom ter horen gebracht en karakters als Nala, Simba, Timon en Pumbaa nemen het publiek weer mee door een junglereis van emoties. De reis begint bij de geboorte van Simba. De Jonge Simba vlucht nadat hij gelooft dat hij de oorzaak is van het overlijden van zijn vader Mufasa (David Concalves). Hoewel Simba de troon van zijn vader zou overnemen, wordt dit nu gedaan door de broer van Mufasa, de slechterik Scar (Jorrit Ruijs). Het publiek ziet hoe Simba (Naidjim Severina) opgroeit in het gezelschap van Timon (Steve Beirnaert) en Pumbaa (Mike Wauters) en van hen de wijsheid ‘Hakuna Matata’ als levensmotto overneemt. Na enkele tijd loopt Simba Nala (Gaia Aikman) weer tegen het lijf, die dacht dat Simba dood was. De liefde bloeit op en samen veroveren ze de troon van zijn slechte oom Scar terug.

De musical The Lion King is in Nederland al eerder op de planken geweest tussen 2004 en 2006. Toch lijkt deze versie een modern tintje te hebben gekregen. Vooral de rol van vogel Zazu (Barry Beijer) draagt hier op een grappige manier aan bij door bijvoorbeeld het zingen van het Disneynummer Frozen of het uit zijn rol stappen om zich te realiseren dat de theaterdoeken lijken op Hemagordijnen.

Helaas kondigt Stage Entertainment aan dat er volgend jaar een einde komt aan dit spektakel. De laatste voorstelling van The Lion King wordt gespeeld op zondag 21 juli 2019. Jong, oud, musical- en Disneyliefhebber of niet, hier wil je bij zijn geweest. Dus voor wie de musical nog niet heeft gezien: komt dat zien!

Blog · Health · Technology

Life of an IT student | September 2018

Hello readers,

Before the astrological summer ends, the time of studying or back to work – or both – has started again. New challenges ahead and a new full 10-month journey of duties in study and the challenges in your life to keep things rolling. Oke maybe I sound a bit cryptographic right now, maybe duties isn’t the best word or at least it is not the only important word in this yearly 10-month life journey. You feel you have a duty because you have goals you want to reach, achieve and want to try. Challenge accepted!

The start of the month

September started for me as usual. The first lessons of the study year of a new challenge part in study. The minor Crossmedia Journalism. What has that to do with you as a software engineering student? 

Desire for Crosstech Communicating

You might think. Well, I love to talk, I love to write, I love to inspire people and I love to explain digital stuff. Digital stuff is a broad term but so are my interests. Explaining software or how to use it more efficient. Explaining social media, the know-how behind it, the effects, the different way of using for different purposes. But also closing the gap between the developer and the other creative with a digital product idea. Or between the developer and the end-user. Closing the gap by being the bridge where it’s needed for more happiness between all the people involved and more efficiency in how you spent the time of your life (of which most is work). How shall I call this then…?

Maybe I just have a desire for crosstech communicating <- I just brought that up, no idea if the term exists and otherwise it exists now. With the goal of making lives piece by piece more efficient, healthy with enough amount of rest and happier and thriving because of the efficiency without losing the main focus on quality. Good quality takes time, good performing takes enough peaceful mind and rest too.

Follow up start of the month

The minor started with a nice introduction of theory and challenging thoughts about (digital) communication nowadays and some good examples of magazines, newspapers and crossmedia concepting brands. Very inspiring! A month in my life is rarely without visiting an inspiring talk about life, business, how to’s or just do something!

#Girlboss talk Ellen Hoog

This month I went to the #Girlboss talk from the hockey legend Ellen Hoog. Such an inspiring woman and so nice to have met her in real life! Her books with recipes about good food and exercises to live a sportive active life are one of my favorites and good-accessible to bake e.g. Healthy waffles and do some core exercises or make some energizing smoothies. And her way of doing business, her mentality of just doing and trying and figuring it out but never quit or step back because of fears. No her mentality lesson – which you also need in topsport – is: challenge accepted = challenge completed and hopefully with a winning mood and result!

Halfway the month I stumbled into a new nice challenge of which I had doubts if I had enough time besides studying to make the full commitment. After a couple of days, a meeting with encouraging and inspiring moments and a bit of luck or coincidence, I accepted the challenge: writing for a magazine!

My mind was jumping my heart was bouncing and I just sat still in the meeting with a look of being flabbergasted! Time for ideas, time for connecting the team to work as a team together and time to seriously face reality too: the printing deadline was already in four weeks! F o u r weeks! A new magazine, no format nor brand nor style nor example of previous editions yet. Just from scratch!

So this process started at the end of September and a few challenges for October were already set in the calendar. In my Life as an IT student | October blog edition will this story continue. For now this is a challenge in progress! And what a unique and amazing one!

Did you encounter a challenge in the month of September?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Computer Science · Travel

Life of an IT student | August 2018

Hello readers,

Time flies! The month of August had a lot of sunshine literally and figuratively and since then everything goes with a quick flow.

Challenge

August started with a new accepted challenge: working as a junior software tester at an international company. And because it was my study summer holiday, I worked a lot, getting training, getting into a work rhythm, taking part in several company events and so on. It feels like I have found the right place. Meanwhile I still hadn’t been on holiday. And work wasn’t the only challenge. I was already a bit preparing for the minor ‘Crossmedia Journalism’ I am currently following in my studies. What does it have to with my software engineering studies? Well uhm, a more unique combination? Explaining IT to a non-IT’study’ing person? Help other people by explaining stuff? And this way I am creating a combination of my previous studies with my current study and when I graduate I have a creative and technical bunch of knowledge and experience.

Holiday

Summer holiday and due to the previous months, taking rest and move on with new life experiences was the highest priority. Halfway August I started looking for a nice destination for my summer holiday. Where would I go to? What would I like to visit? Many countries and their cities crossed my mind. So much on my travel list, so much on my to-do list and I still don’t call it a bucketlist. Last-minute I decided to visit London! A city way bigger than any in The Netherlands, a history that even goes back to the Roman times. The past couple of months I have watched most documentaries about Britain. ‘The Secrets of…’ series, all seasons of ‘Great British Castles’ narrated by Dan Jones, the great historian who has written wonderful detailed books about subjects such as Magna Carta and The Templars. Can’t wait for new historical series. And during my holiday and when I am travelling anyways, I am addicted to sunrises, sunsets or light-inspired photograph moments. How many airplanes are in this photo?

London

Last time I have been in London was over a decade ago, back in 2007 at an international music competition with the school orchestra. Three days of London and we won the Silver Award of the orchestra’s and the Spirit of London award. This time I would go for a week, the year of ‘Paddington Bear’. Who doesn’t know this lost bear from Peru with always a marmalade sandwich hidden under his hat? And of course London and the Royals and politics. There is so much culture in London, more then I expected or ever imagined. Amazing!  But I won’t tell too much about London in this blog post. Special blog posts with all my notes and experiences from this holiday will come up. A series about London, just like the series I have written about Edinburgh.

End of the month

The last preparations of the new study year were made, my house got a thorough summer clean and upgrade as I always call it. Buying some improvements for my furniture, some reorganization and some stuff to help to plan things through. Because this study year and next one combining with work, social life and some sports and keeping space for blogging and challenges. Will be a challenge to plan and to manage everything. Keeping enough rest in mind and moments to read because besides news and informational reading, I have a reading challenge ahead to finish before the end of the year. The Goodreads Reading Challenge and the Hebban Reading Challenge. Twenty-five books total and at the moment I am a bit too far behind.

How has been your month of August?

Have you been on holiday?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Challenge · Computer Science

Life of an IT student | July 2018

Hello readers,

It’s been a little while since I have written about Life as an IT student. And this month has had two extremes.

Life goes on and a new challenge! Oh happy day …

The last two weeks of July

July was finally halfway. I challenged myself. Figuring out the different disciplines I came in touch with during the past three years of studying. Figuring out a bit what I like and probably will like even more. I crossed paths with a company and they challenged me! I had my first, real, IT-related interview and a short while after even an assessment. WOW! I feel thrilled again that this challenge crossed my path and that I have been given an opportunity to help with what I know so far and getting the opportunity to expand my knowledge and help then even more! That’s what motivates me every single day. Helping others a little bit as a behind the curtains person and being proud of the product and the work you do and the people you work with. And I finally think…I started walking more precisely in the right direction on the right path. This feels so good!

The month of July in less happier days

The first two weeks

The month of July started with the leftover studyrubbish of June. And I am not looking fondly back to the first two weeks of this month. What an internship documenting for the university of applied sciences rollercoaster. So I am sorry for the disappointed tone of voice in the last part of this blog post which rarely happens, but so this event was unique. Life is hard now and then and life is as it is, so is my story. But it starts in the middle with something more happy and a thing I am proud of.

The internship document, a dreadful pain

The month of July started with finalizing my report/assignment of my internship and later on adjusted it, shortened it with a better guideline and thus I handed it in twice. Accepted? No… “too long”. I am sorry for that, I have written precisely about every process of learning during the internships that lasted together for ten months. Tried to prove everything.

I keep asking myself: why? Why feel I like if I am being punished for writing too long. Being punished for trying to do too good, trying to prove myself. Trying to learn and acquire every competence and subcompetence. I do not like to write a short brief story as if it is not real because where is the proof then? They would ask according to the guideline. “Kill your darlings” is a famous saying for writers. And I know I have to do that this weekend. My internships period lasted for 10 months, 5 more than usual. More than 1000 hours of work on location, more than 260 hours of traveling and another 80-100 hours of work in the documentation and gathering all the proof. I am sorry my internship document last around ~80 pages, but that’s my real story. That’s been me during this experience in study.

The summary, what I learned

We are all just human beings, we make good things and we make mistakes. And we are trying to be as truthfully as possible even in the most difficult conversations. But all parties should try their best. Covering things up is useless because it is no feedback so you can not learn from it.

And for students: no matter the company big or small, should fire you from your internship behind your backYour company manager should always at least try to speak to you and discuss your work before mailing behind your back your internship lecturer. And they should be honest in the final meeting or conversation. I learned that I should say honestly as well that I heard the previous conversation and that I felt like being lied too, right in my face. The trust was lost. Truth is the hardest thing but at least it’s the truth.

And the university should – as they mention in their regulations – always help you when you are in trouble. And if they don’t or a lecturer / coördinator neglects or has a lack of time – which is common now with a shortage of lecturers – fight for it! Never let you being pushed down by something you are not a cause of nor can help with it. 

In my case the university did not take their responsibility, it even costs me at least a full semester!! A full year right now even!! But I can understand it with a lack of teachers and a rare situation… I fixed the new internship myself and I am thankful – as mentioned in an earlier blog post – for the opportunity I got from my last internship company thanks to a study friend and the support of my family and closest people. It took me 4 days to organise it! And it took me three weeks to get a decent feedback and approval by the lecturer/coördinator of the university. Saying “Yes” on Monday and preventing a delay and saying “No” on Tuesday and that for three weeks in a row caused the delay of a full semester! My mentrix? She had sadly no voting right in this situation, I thought she had but it seemed only one person had and our trust in each other is gone for now.

It is what it is, but every person has its responsibility! 

Do I look back joyfully on the internship? In terms of looking back at working at and learning from that last company, yes. In terms of the university who says “It’s gonna be the most joyfully part of your study”? Well…obviously no. The worst middle and after-situation I ever experienced and still experiencing since I have to hand it in for the third time…. It’s the most saddest part of my life in study and where I have been fighting for and still am. And I am thankful for the strong support around me of close family and friends because I could not imagine to reach the finish line of this most dreadful experience in study life without their support.

How has been your month of July?

This has been the most sad blog post I have ever written. I am sorry if you had a lovely happy evening or day and made you a bit sad by writing a part of my lifestory. Never forget I am smiling again thanks to the challenges that crossed my path the second half of July. A day only lasts for 24 hours and a week only lasts for 7 days. Sleeping through it or being exhausted of the effort you have put in something, helps. And most of all: appreciating the small little things in life. I love animals and I love the way they appreciate every single day they are alive and live their lives.

So exactly halfway of July I went to the zoo. And a photo says more than a thousand words.

Greetings by Sophie

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Life of an IT student | June 2018

Hello readers,

The month of June was a month of scattered pieces of lead.

The final days of my internship had started after I started there in december. That was the physical part because I also had to write on the final report. The first week of June was my last week of my internship. I loved working there and in some way I miss it and in the other way…I am just tired of traveling hours a day, walking a few miles a day, keep up the social life, be there for family matters, running a household and studying besides it.

It’s not like going to work all week, come home in the evening and running your household and social life and family in the weekends. You also need to take some rest now and then otherwise you will be exhausted.

I often saw the same people sleeping in the metro in the morning, just a twenty-minute nap. Feeling tired, looking a bit slobby in a suit and just right before they arrive at their destination looking as if they are completely energized for a day of work. — yeah right. Nah. My style is to feel energized for work and excited the moment you leave your house. And if you have not enough sleep so often, well, try to change something in your life because that way of living is not healthy.

The month started for me in the weekend with The Flying Dutch festival in Rotterdam. Supernice! I really loved the lineup the evening started with. First ‘Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’ followed by ‘Tiësto’, ‘Fedde Le Grand’, ‘Afrojack’ and the final spot was for ‘Armin van Buuren’ and it was incredible! The jubilee edition and a decor which was very Dutch but I loved the music and dancing with friends and having fun.

The rest of the month was quite silent for me as an explorer of events or little things to do. Halfway the month I went to the Rotterdam Zoo and saw a newborn Californian Sea Lion! Again, for the third time within 18 months haha. And I love strolling through the big park. The rest of the month I am occupied with writing my internship report, studying, family, organizing partly two events which all takes place in the first week of July, or to say: in a couple of days from now. Stress? Yes partly, but I am not really a stressful person. I just like to prepare things right and be a bit organized for all the events that take place.

And the weather is luring me to go outside and live life! But first things first: finishing this year of study before I can enjoy this wonderful start of summer! Walking daily a few miles in the afternoon and with a match of soccer in the evening during the FIFA World Cup 2018, my writings days are not always exactly the same.

How has been your month of June?

Greetings by Sophie

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Life of an IT student | May 2018

Hello readers,

The month of May was quite a month of opposites. From the daily work at the internship and traveling a few hours a day, to several travel days, day trips and events. Lots of little different things came by this month.

For the internship my final few weeks of work started since December 2017. It feels good to have a little break in the work rhythm right now, but all the stuff I have learned at the company feels even better. It was an incredible journey and my first real external internship for more than half a year as a student Software Engineering. I am still writing my final report on it and will finish the whole subject completely at the end of the month of June.

The month of May also started with a visit to the famous ‘Keukenhof’ or also known as the ‘Tulips Garden’. I have photographed a lot on this beautiful sunny day and this year the ‘Tulipa Denmark’ is my favorite. It was a lovely sunny day in spring.

Halfway the month I visited the city ‘s’Hertogenbosch’ in the province of Noord-Brabant. Except for a stop at the train station I had never been there before. A lovely town for shopping, some drinks, food and cultural events. Every Sunday around noon is a concert in the local theatre and the cathedral of this city is wonderful! When I was walking around as a  ‘tourist-for-a-day’, people were enjoying the sunshine on the terrace and at every pub and restaurant where little festivities going on. It felt like I was walking to a little town with it’s own close but lovely community.

At the end of the month of May I had a few day off from work and went to the Belgian Ardennes. Stunning view of colors, depths, a river and the natural stalagmites and stalactites artwork inside the caves of a mountain. To a castle and hiking to the heights of the Ardennes from the sunshine in the valley to the top and a bit of thunder when climbing down again. It has been an amazing and exciting experience for a few days a nice mini holiday.

How has been your month of May?

Greetings by Sophie

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Life of an IT student | March and April 2018

Hello readers,

March 2018

March was focused on the exams of study and at the end of the month it was Easter! But inbetween I have been to a special museum night at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with the exhibition theme ‘High Society‘. It was a really special evening with lots of portraits, stories and a walkaround at the museum. Together with a good photographer I have been to this special event and we ended our tour with visiting the well-known ‘The Nightwatch‘, painted by Rembrandt van Rijn. There were just a few people walking around in that wing too, so we had plenty of time to look at it and the other surrounding paintings. What a beauties and what a beautiful wing too with all the bright colors and details! I had not seen it yet since the museum was restored.

April 2018

It feels like I have time travelled a few weeks and skipped a few days. Life as a student has been busy, as usual, but the last couple of weeks between Easter and the first week of May – yes that is circa a full month – have been a rollercoaster full of closeby extremes.

In study I got a few more results back of the exam weeks I have had, nice :). And I arrived at the last few weeks of my internship. Writing code and code and code I have been literally doing every day, haven’t even written any blog post or word document inbetween. Writing a lot of code means also discovering some errors, trying to solve them and success or fail at the end of the day. Luckily there is always another tomorrow if I could not solve it immediately. And I have learned already so much at my internship! I still have to clarify everything and just make a list of the full workproces for the final internship report.

The next couple of weeks, until the beginning of June, will be more or less the same: code code and code.

In april I have been also participating at the Data Driven Challenge organised by one of my teachers and the KNVI (Royal Dutch Society of Information person). Together with my team Grofgemalen { } we designed a system to be more efficient with the available data and combining it with weather conditions for better predictions and making ad hoc actions possible.

I had the opportunity to pitch twice and I am very thankful to my team for these amazing chances and experience.

The result: we have won the Data Driven Challenge of 2018!

See the full story on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6394600370055708672

The end of the month is celebrated with a trip to my brother to celebrate his new job – really proud sister over here. And the month ended with the typical Dutch Kingsday! Family, friends and some nice music made it a happy friday.

The weather in The Netherlands…that were extremes but I am glad spring has finally really started.

How has been your start of spring?

Greetings by Sophie

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February 2018 | Life of an IT Student

Hello readers,

Halfway March it is definitely time for an update about the previous month!

February was a month I felt more at ease with a rhythm of early mornings, a day at the internship and coming home when the evening started. During this month I got a nice result back of the semester project.

For the half of February were the Olympic Winter Games 2018, held in PyeongChang, South Korea. I have only seen a few games of the different sports because of the time difference and I have a busy schedule with working at a company as an internship and following classes meanwhile as well. So a lot of study. The next couple of months, until the end of June, will not be much different with the study time, effort and goals to achieve. Besides studying I love to travel now and then, going to a talk or experience something new. Go to events with friends and family and so on and so on…and blog about it!

So further on I have been to a tech talk about Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Mobility that was held in the Deloitte Tower in Rotterdam. An incredible view from Rotterdam to Hoek van Holland, Delft, The Hague, Zoetermeer and Gouda. The Tech talk

Do you recognise the building in these two photos? Some buildings are on both photo’s. One photo is taken from south to north and one is taken from north to south.

The weather in The Netherlands has also been quite changing. From sunny short days to cold rainy days and even now and then some snow or a couple of days freezing. Brrrr not used to it the last couple of years. The lowest temperature was on the last day of the month with -10,5 ℃ in the little place called Woensdrecht.

How has been your month of February?

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Events · Travel

Blog Anniversary 2018!

Happy Blog Anniversary 2018!

Today is the 1st of March 2018 and this means that this month is my blog anniversary month!

Three years ago, back in 2015, I started with this more structural blogging. The history of my blogging experience is written in the blog series named: ‘The Blogging Experience’ that consists of five blog posts, with an explanation about what I am using now and last but not least some tips on blogging.

The list of ‘The Blogging Experience’ series.

The top three blog posts of the past 365 days are:

  1. The 72 Cutest Animals
    Just a series review of a small cute series I watched on Netflix.
  2. Essay | Leprosy in the 12th and 21st century | Conclusion
    This is the last blog post of a series about leprosy. For a course, at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, named ‘History of Health Care’ I wrote this essay as part of a final assignment. The subject, general knowledge and impact of leprosy is underestimated. I have learned a lot about it by writing this essay.
  3. Happy New Year 2018!
    A very recent blog post, just two months old. My New Year’s wishes to you all, accompanied by a compilation video of the fireworks I have seen that night. Just shot with my iPhone 7 and edited with Quick.

The past year I have been combining the study work load and the blog feeling to write, a bit better than last year. Especially writing about my holiday in Edinburgh is a part I am really proud of because I am happy I could share through this way my holiday experience and provide you with some recommendations or just the way how I managed it all. And for me personally, writing it all as an overview, was also my guideline when I was telling people about my travel and experiences. I am a student on a student budget and that’s the fun challenge. How to get the best out of it with enjoying the most out of it.

Future

I am looking forward to write even more blog posts about what I am experiencing, visiting, travel to, plan to do and so on… So excited! This month will also be a bit of a recap of the past year. A few blog posts that are drafts will be finished and they will be more in-depth of my big and smaller travels.

“Blogging is a thing I am passionate about.” – Sophie van den Akker, March 1st 2018

Where are you passionate about?

Happy wishes and greetings by Sophie