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Life of an IT student | October 2018

Hello readers,

The month October was a very busy month full with study, city trips and short travels related to study and an amazing magazine project where I had the opportunity to interview ambitious women in the tech world.

I’ve had several jubilee activities and festivities from the company I work at. Loved it! Teambuilding, the things we achieved so far, milestones, as a big team working together… life lessons you learn. It’s always a challenge and therefore always fun!

Halfway the month I traveled a lot. To Utrecht, The Hague and the High Tech Campus at Eindhoven for the magazine CURIOUS / IT. I had the opportunity to interview together with colleague Melanie Lopes Andrade the ambitious women:

CURIOUS / IT Magazine

Thanks to the CURIOUS / IT magazine project I had the chance to interview several ambitious women about their experience in IT and their advice for young girls and other women. What was it an amazing journey! The magazine is published on October 29th, 2018

My LinkedIn post about it in Dutch, the translation of the text to English:

CURIOUS / IT! The magazine where I, together with a great team, in the past five weeks, worked extremely hard for to achieve this amazing result.

 

Thanks to the entire team and the support for this super experience! Together with Melanie Lopes Andrade I’ve had four nice interviews with inspiring women and seen the tech behind the scenes of several companies.

 

“The magazine of Hogeschool Rotterdam / Institute for Communication, Media and Information Technology to make girls enthusiastic about the IT world. Read or download it via the link below! ”

 

Curious/IT download –> below the article is a PDF version, all in Dutch.

At the end of the month I’ve been in Gouda to a theatre college talk given by Joris Luyendijk: “Het zijn net mensen 2.0″. It gave me a lot of media insight, a view on journalism and how small things can turn into big stories and how big things can turn into small stories. To summarize it, my opinion: The world is a matter of each individuals’ perception. It is all just a matter of perception.

How has been your month of October?

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

Challenge · Pinterest

Pinterest | Top Five Today | Motivational Quotes

Theme: Motivational Quotes

This weekend is one of the last study weekends of the year and the weather is really good, except for studying inside. The sun is shining and it is circa 28 degrees all day; predicted for all week! These quotes remind me of staying strong, going outside for a walk or the necessary groceries and further on study on…right now I am finishing my internship report.

Accompanied by my laptop, Chromebook – multiple screens that way -, iPhone (quick little researches), a bottle of water and cereals for breakfast, bread for lunch and a salad for dinner. And my desert: well it is e pre-desert, a lovely ice cream cone with an ice cream scoop in the afternoon. Every day a different flavor, but only for this weekend, only this time when I am gathering the scattered pieces of heavy lead to become one piece: the final internship report.

Top Five Today – Motivational Quotes or Challenges

Descriptions for each pin

  1. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
  2. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “Work so hard that your signature will be called an autograph.”
  4. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dalí
  5. “The 3 C’s in life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the Choice, to take the Chance, if you want anything in life to Change.”

 

 

My Pinterest profile board:

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

Enjoy my Pinterest!

Greetings by Sophie

Blog · Challenge

New Year 2017!

Happy New Year 2017!

This weekend was New Year’s weekend and I have celebrated the New Year with family and friends.

How has been your New Years celebration?

Do you have some goals for 2017?

Did you achieve some challenges?

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#Repost @sophie.vda ・・・ Happy New Year!🎉🍾☄️❤️🐼 🎥New Year's 2017 compilation video in previous post! I wish you all a happy colorful, lovely New Years Eve and start of 2017!🍾🎉☄️ And I wish you all the happiest and healthiest for 2017! 🍾☄️🎉🎆 Make memories that will last forever. Love your dearest family and friends. Be good to others and live in peace. Enjoy the small things. Smile as if you are the sunshine. Embrace those lovely moments.❤️ When moments are hard, think about the simple loving jolly caring life of a panda 😉🐼 Happy New Year! Loves from Sophie #newyear2017 #fireworks #family #friends #loveit #happynewyear #2017 #weekend #instaart #wishes #livelaughlove #oudennieuw #sophievda

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My quote to you:

Happy New Year!🎉🍾☄️❤️🐼🎥
New Year’s 2017 compilation video below

I wish you all a happy colorful, lovely New Years Eve and start of 2017!🍾🎉☄️
And I wish you all the happiest and healthiest for 2017! 🍾☄️🎉🎆
Make memories that will last forever.
Love your dearest family and friends.
Be good to others and live in peace.
Enjoy the small things.
Smile as if you are the sunshine.
Embrace those lovely moments.❤️ When moments are hard, think about the simple loving jolly caring life of a panda 😉🐼 Happy New Year!

Loves from Sophie

New Year’s 2017 compilation video

I have made a compilation video of New Year’s Eve and the New Year.

Made with the Go Pro application. And the first shot of image is indeed white.

 

Enjoy watching it!

In the upcoming days I will reflect 2016 and reveal my goals for this year 2017!

Greetings by Sophie

Challenge · Food · YouTube

Masterchef Celebrity edition 2016 trailer

Trailer Celebrity Masterchef 2016

 

Masterchef is a worldwide known television cooking programme.
To me it all started with Masterchef Australia. After that I have watched now and then ‘Masterchef USA’, ‘Masterchef United Kingdom’, ‘Masterchef New Zealand’ and this year I have seen ‘Masterchef Holland’ as well. A former high school exam classmate was a competitor in this cooking competition programme.

Today a new video of Masterchef United Kingdom showed up on YouTube. Masterchef United Kingdom is not the first one with this formula, in 2009 Masterchef Australia introduced their Celebrity edition. And they have the most various editions of all Masterchef participating countries. I have not seen such a Celebrity edition before, I have only seen a Junior edition and a Professionals edition. I am looking forward to this special edition. And the English are full of their typical jokes. Fun to watch!

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Books · Challenge

Reading Challenge List

The Reading Challenge Book List page

Today just a short post. I have made a list of the books I want to read in English or Dutch and also translated the Hebban Reading Challenge 2016 for you! You can find my list and this translation on: The Reading Challenge List 2016

Take a look and maybe we share reading the same book!

See also my other post about the Reading Challenge 2016

Greetings by Sophie

Books · Challenge

Retrospective on the OhMyBookathon

The past couple of days – from Thursday 16th – until yesterday late evening. I have read a lot during the well-known OhMyBookathon challenge. In a previous post I wrote about the readathon and my expectations of what I would read during this challenge. I updated my ‘Challenges‘ page several times and this is the lookback. Do you want to know how my first readathon challenge fared? Read on…

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Books · Challenge

The Book Week of Three | Challenge completed

It’s summer time and lots of people are busy with challenges. Sport challenges, food challenges – about healthy food use – and also book challenges. But because I can not complete a book challenge that lasts a whole month – by posting every day on Instagram – I made my own book challenge. The Book Week of Three Challenge that only lasts one week and you can start it on any day at any moment. No dates attached to it.

An overview of my results of The Book Week of Three Challenge:
with links to the posts for the complete text and coverview and some bookreviews

The Friday in June three nicest covers: 1. All The Bright Lights 2. Viva Coldplay! 3. De Memoires van Sherlock Holmes.

The Saturday in June three books, same genre; biography: 1. Rutger Hauer Autobiography 2. Joop van den Ende – de biografie 3. Steve Jobs – de biografie

The Sunday in June three books from study: 1. Intercultural Skills for International Business and International Relations 2. Social Research Methods 3. Marketing Communication Strategy

The Monday in June three books to be read: 1. Eldest 2. Brisingr 3. Inheritance

The Tuesday in June three books to be finished and in red, white and grey: 1. Miss Communicatie 2. Zus 3. Game

The Wednesday in June three books read and written by Simone van der Vlugt: 1. Blauw Water 2. Jacoba | Dochter van Holland 3. De Ooggetuige

The Thursday in June three books new: 1: The Rosie Project 2. The Fault in Our Stars 3. The Rosie Effect

Did you complete a challenge already this summer?

Greetings by Sophie

Books · Challenge

The Book Week of Three | Thursday in June

Thursday – Three books new

My three books I have bought the past couple of weeks and why I chose them to be part of this challenge.

and..they are all English pocketbooks

Book one: I have chosen ‘The Rosie Project’ because it seems an interesting story to me
Book two: I have chosen ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ because it is a sad but true imaginable story and when it is close to family or the people you love, a subject like cancer is difficult.
Book three: I have chosen ‘The Rosie Effect’ because when ‘The Rosie Project’ really is that good, than I can not ignore to read the sequel.

Greetings by Sophie