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Life of an IT student | November 2018

Hello readers,

The month of November was a busy month for study, a normal month for work and the last day of this month is always my birthday! 🙂

The beginning of the month started with a theory exam for the minor ‘Crossmedia Journalism’. An exam about the basics of journalism, thinkers, media in several ways and crossmedia. Nearly the psychology of very interesting!

Another task was to do something original, different, or challenging to present eight journalism pieces you had to write. Several journalism genres ‘passed the revue’. Such as a profile, several interview, an analysis about Instagram feed and the 6 key factors, a behind-the scenes, a review of ‘Babe you got this’ and a live blog of a hockeymatch I’ve seen real life this summer at the Champions Trophy in Breda.

Are you curious for my personal own created magazine with my view and interests in several subjects? It is completely in Dutch… I am curious though for your view on this magazine 🙂 Please leave a comment or note with any advice for it :). Please do not share this file further except for when you have my written permission.

Portfolio Magazine – Sophie van den Akker – blog-version-2018

.NET Core application exam

For my regular study I had an exam about writing an application in .NET Core. I passed the theory and for the practicum exam I had to download an exam package and run and debug it to solve the ‘problems’ in the application. Sadly enough I discovered an error which had never occurred to me before: I couldn’t debug the application because I installed .NET Core 2.1 and the application was written and only debuggable by .NET Core 2.0 or lower. I didn’t know how – or the exact commands – to downgrade the software and was not allowed to search for a solution on the internet So everything by head and some assumptions I couldn’t check. Next time I’ll be prepared with a sheet with instructions on how to downgrade or upgrade to meet the package requirements of the teacher.

After my exam period I had several meetings, presentations and stuff to do for the different projects that are going on related to the minor Crossmedia Journalism. Excited for the final sprints in January 2019! Curious for the results of the teamwork and if we accomplish fully what we would love to achieve.

Birthday!

At the end of the month it was my birthday! Yeey still a twenty-something :). Very thankful for the kind birthday wishes from colleagues at work and with family and a couple of friends I had a lovely dinner and a bowling evening with a couple of drinks. Loved the day!

How has been your November month?

Greetings by Sophie

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Column | LinkedIn-titulatuur

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.
Use for English the Google Translate plugin in the footer of this website. Enjoy reading!

Het is de zoveelste zonnige herfstwinterdag. Mensen lopen voorbij met halfopen jassen, een zonnebril voor het gezicht en een outfit bestaande uit een chic shirtje, een spijkerbroek en een paar stappers. Het is een zondag waar iedereen rond lunchtijd even een luchtje gaat scheppen. Waar het normaal wel redelijk makkelijk is om tijdens de lunchtijd op maandag te kijken welke voorbijgangers misschien een titel voor of achter hun naam hebben. Als ik dan wil checken of een titel klopt, dan moet ik eerst al met de juiste aanspreekvorm beginnen. Zondag is zo’n dag dat dit spelletje van titels gokken het moeilijkste is.

Sophie van den Akker – 18 november 2018

Op een maandag in de rechtbank herken je zo de advocaat. Een ‘mr.’ – of moet ik zeggen ‘meester’ – in de rechten met een beschermde beroepsnaam. Maar de aanspreektitel voor een meester in de rechten is ook weer niet direct duidelijk of alom bekend. Vraag tien mensen om je heen naar de aanspreektitel voor een advocaat en negen weten het niet, de tiende twijfelt. Wat moet je dan?

Dit is nog maar een voorbeeld van het topje van de reuze ijsberg aan titels. Als twintiger die nog bezig is met het behalen van haar titel ‘BSc. Informatica’. Generaties boven mij hebben een groot variété aan titulatuur. Haal je een WO-bachelor dan heb je een ‘Bachelor of Arts’ of ‘Bachelor of Science’ op zak. Een duidelijke aanduiding van “Hé! Die heeft de basis van de uni, universiteit, afgerond.”. Zo wordt dat genoemd in de volksmond, ‘de uni’.

Als ik uitleg welke studie ik eindelijk aan het afronden ben, vragen ze ook aan welke universiteit ik studeer en of dat misschien die Technische Universiteit Delft is. Het kost me tien Engelstalige zinnen om uit te leggen dat dit niet het geval is en dat ik studeer aan de Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. ‘Applied Sciences’… Ja, Nederland met te veel subcategorieën in studiegradaties en de bijbehorende titulatuur, dat leg ik dan maar niet meer uit. Ik laat het voor wat het is.

Welke titel ik straks trots mag schrijven op mijn Curriculum Vitae en mijn gedigitaliseerde versie, genaamd het LinkedIn profiel? ‘B.Sc’ komt er dan voor mijn naam te staan. Een Bachelor of Science in Informatica titel die ervoor zorgt dat ik dan sinds dat moment, aangeschreven dien te worden met ‘Mevrouw’.

Nou nou, geen haan die daarnaar kraait. Op LinkedIn wordt je als vrouw in de techniek ‘even gauw’ gebombardeerd met baanaanbiedingen, stageplaatsen of dat je misschien even een beetje van je kennis wilt delen over een kop koffie. Echt? Ik scroll door de waslijst aan berichten en heb al drie weken lang niemand meer geantwoord. Moet ik ook elke keer hetzelfde verhaal houden met dat ik op dit moment gewoon helemaal geen behoefte heb aan een andere baan naast mijn studie en dat ik vooral eerst mijn studie af wil maken voordat ik ook maar enigszins geïnteresseerd ben. Spontane projecten genoeg zoals het schrijven van dit magazine.

Een goed idee zou ik het wel vinden als iedereen die LinkedIn-titulatuur doorheeft, en dan bedoel ik natuurlijk met name mijn spammers, “Hoe het eigenlijk heurt”. Het spelletje titels raden is zo makkelijk nog niet, maar is ook iets wat tegenwoordig door de vingers gezien wordt. Mensen die ouder zijn dan ik spreek ik altijd aan met ‘u’ – tenzij we, inschattend, nog geen vijf jaar verschillen. Maar die nette aanspreekvorm moet ik negen van de tien keer afleren. En dan nog verbeteren mensen me weleens drie keer omdat het er zo ingebakken zit. Anders voelen mensen zich te oud terwijl ik het gebruik met de bedoeling een signaal af te geven van respect en waardering.

De titulatuur waarmee je aanschrijft is echter nog van de oude stempel. Dat vernieuwd niet zo gauw en is nog best ouderwets. Tenzij je altijd ‘jij’ en ‘je’ accepteert in alle recruitersmailtjes. Een mail naar een advocaat zou volgens de juiste aanschrijfvorm moeten beginnen met “Weledelgestrenge heer”. Maar wie bedenkt dat nu, als er alleen maar als aanwijzing ‘mr.’ voor je naam staat op LinkedIn. Hebben deze onderwezen titels nog meer waarde of functies behalve dat ze vermeld staan op je diploma en het neerplompen op al je soorten Curriculum Vitae’s en naamsvermeldingen?

Weinigen in het buitenland die dat Hollandse stelsel begrijpen, hoe hoog je onderwezen graad nou daadwerkelijk is. Bij elke sollicitatie zal je jezelf echt keer op keer op niveau moeten bewijzen. En het heeft ook geen functie voor je paspoort want dat zou het aantal toegestane karakters al gauw overschrijden. Dus wat moeten we er functioneel mee? De adellijke titels worden in Nederland niet meer toegekend maar hier zijn genoeg onderwezen titels voor in de plaats gekomen. Hoe moeilijker je titel te behalen is, hoe hoger je salaris zal zijn. En de weg er naartoe is ook niet makkelijk. Meer mensen behalen meer en meer titels en de namen die op LinkedIn komen worden alleen maar ingewikkelder.

Moet de etiquette weer aangeleerd worden in het onderwijs? Willen we die titels niet als nietsnut op een blaadje laten staan. De aanschrijfvorm onthouden weinigen nog en de aanspreekvorm wordt al gauw gedegradeerd tot gewoon ‘jij’ en ‘je’. Maar het is ergens ook wel makkelijk. Ik zit al een tijdje op een bankje in het park voor me uit starend en m’n telefoon geopend op de LinkedIn berichten. Een bericht dat begint met ‘Hi Sander, …’. Auch, zo makkelijk een ‘copy-paste’ methode toepassen op je recruiter berichten. Als je met je spammende LinkedIn berichtje door mij straks serieus genomen wilt worden; spreek me dan tenminste aan met de juiste naam en titulatuur. Daar dient die graad nog wel voor.

 

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January 2018 | Life of an IT Student

Hello readers,

It’s been busy in my life. The usual busyness someone expect nowadays, the study busyness and just life that rolls like a rollercoaster.

The past few months – October, November, December and January – have been a rollercoaster.

During October in study the first exams of the year, a 32 hours a week internship besides studying and also a webshop project – as part of study. Except for studying blogging a bit, watching Netflix, now and then the cinema or just having drinks downtown or on a cultural city trip. Yes a happy and lovely life of family and friendships.

And I finally received at a ceremony my Propedeuse Informatica ‘Information Technology’

November was a month when the rollercoaster really started.

Some exams but the biggest shock was the sudden change of internship. I will not mention the company nor write about what happened / the sudden reason why and the way I found out I had to change from internship and the way the university handled it. No it is just a disappointing changing event that happened in the past which had of course a huge effect accompanied by a big disappointment.

How other companies or people treat you as an internship student; learn about what is good, recognize about what is bad. And the saddest thing is? I am definitely not on my own, it happens a lot among students and some feel ashamed that they suddenly have to change from internship – for no reason. An internship is about learning and getting experience at a real company. Not about making profit because you as an internship student are so cheap – aka probably not on the payroll nor a contract that is of any value legally when a university does not fully support you (could be accidentally though).

I have found a new company for a new internship and I am very grateful for that company that they give me the opportunity to gain experience in coding. And the advice, help, explanations and challenges! That makes me smile at work every day.

At the end of the month I turned 25! Whoohoo alive on this planet already for a quarter of a century! Celebrated it during the month with family and friends. So not a big party, though I love events, my head was not quite in the game of celebrations during these rollercoaster months. Last year I gave a party, maybe next time when I graduate and celebrate my birthday; I have two reasons for it haha :). Not yearly or daily = keeping celebrations special.

December is the month of festivities. ‘Sinterklaas’ and ‘Santa Claus’ both with my lovely family. Lots and lots of delicious food and good wine. And I love cooking, a four course dinner for example for such special days. So December went by quickly. Daily working and/or studying and barely free time except for the Christmas Days and New Year’s Eve.

January started of course with the New Year! Celebrated at a friends place and with family so raise your glass for a smile to the new year cause nonetheless whatever happens during life, as long as you find a reason to smile, start the year with a smile. Start every day with a smile.

Even when life is tough, for example with love. Love is the most difficult subject for every human being – and for some animals as well. They can’t teach you how to live life at school and from then on and how to love your life after school when you are becoming an adolescent or an adult or even an elder. It is a subject that never stops and you will keep on learning. Always a lesson, when you expect it and when you do not expect it. That’s been the last part of my rollercoaster these months. As if the weigh on my shoulders was not enough yet. But anyways, writing for yourself gives you a perspective of your point of view at that moment. So this writing in this quite personal blog post, gave me a perspective. Just noting a few things i love deeply.

I love my dear family, my dear friends. The ones who are close and the ones who are a bit further away but not less in my heart. I love animals, the writing and blogging, the cultural trips I experience. I love my study with all the challenges, the feeling of eagerness to learn and complete those challenges. The broad subjects and possibilities when you dare to think out of the box. Life is so full of chances. Never loose hope. Even when it is a rainy day and you have to wait a full day until you discover a new sunrise or sunset, just think: another 24 hours and you will see that sunrise or sunset tomorrow because the sun has never stopped during the daily circle of life.

Today is a Saturday and my January ended with more work, more study, more exams, more deadlines. But now it is weekend! Really finally since months a work and study free weekend. Time for some healthy rest. So upcoming days I am back with my blogging schedule: books, series, films, events, authors, technology. Experienced, seen, asked and done a lot the past couple of months so lots and lots to write about. Can’t wait to tell you about all the lovely stories and all the inspirations I experienced.

“There is always light in a dark night.” – Sophie van den Akker – February 2018

Greetings by Sophie

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January 2017 | Life of an IT student

It is nearly the end of the month so time for a little update.

November and December until 2017 started

For the past couple of years, and hopefully another 2,5 years successfully, I have been a student living in Rotterdam. And every year during the winter season, study is getting busy…or too busy… . Of course we have my birthday at the end of november, the Christmas holiday with the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and the New Year festivities. But from halfway november I have been very very busy with all sorts of things. From organizing my birthday party, little Christmas family presents, preparing a Boxing Day dinner and catching up with my social life and best friends around the New Year. But it was lots of fun in november and december.

Study was getting busier too and before I could start with all the preparations for the Christmas holiday, I had lots and lots of deadlines for assignments. And those assignments were not just only writing a documentation, not in my current study ‘Computer Science / Software Engineering’ you have to make little programs and testing sites too. That testing was new…well it still is, I am not completely used to it right now but I am making progress. And from half october on I have been working with a little team on a webshop – without using frameworks. Which means that without the help of the now available tools to work more efficient, less error-prone and code a decent website for a webshop…we have to do it all without. Like going back in time – which employer asks you nowadays to work inefficient?, not my preference anyways.

January

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24th Birthday!

30 november 2016

Yeey today is my birthday! Today it was 24 years ago that I was born, on a monday evening and it was snowing.

The last day of the month november, a day in the month of the Sagittarius.

Today

Today it is around 5 degrees celsius and it was a sunny day.

When is your birthday?

Back in history

What happened on 30 november, in 1992 and before and after

Fact: Winston Churchill is born on 30 november 1874

Holidays and observances:

Thanks to Wikipedia

 

Greetings by the birthday lady Sophie

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November Update

The november update

And tomorrow is my birthday! Yeey

The wintertime is set last month and this month is as usual…the most busiest time of the year, the ‘inbetween’ of the first university semester of this year.

Next month will be The most wonderful time of the year because of the Christmas holiday and all the family and friends festivities.

This month november I am, and have been, so busy with lots of activities such as working on a project, making big assignments for study and extra curricular stuff such as working for Dresscode and celebrating already my birthday this weekend (my birthday is officially tomorrow).

All this stuff and events gives some nice inspiration for lots of blog posts.

I have to be selective – for now – as well because I have so many things to blog about.

My week of blog posts has a structure that looks like this:

  • Monday = Book review day – or related
  • Tuesday = Category day (see list of categories in the menu)
  • Wednesday = Series review day – or related
  • Thursday = Category day
  • Friday = Film review day – or related
  • Saturday = YouTube video / Pinterest / Recipe (can also be on a category day)
  • Sunday = Sunday’s Quote

Do you have a preference of a subject where I should blog about?

I hope you are looking forward too to my blog posts and it will be a surprise what is coming up.

Greetings by Sophie

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Start of Election Day 2016

Start of Election Day 2016 in the United States of America

Today is Election Day for the Americans and the whole world is watching with them, excited for the results.

  • Will Hillary Clinton win?
  • Will Donald Trump win?
  • Will it be a close draw?

What do you think? I am curious for the results this night.

Will you be watching the results? In Europe (GMT +1 = Amsterdam) the broadcasting of the results will start around midnight.

Will you be watching the results? Or do you wait until the morning?

Greetings by Sophie

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Somebody Else – Arnon Grunberg

Copyright to B. for Books B.V.

My book review of “Somebody Else” written by Arnon Grunberg

Title: Iemand Anders [NL] / Somebody Else [EN]
Author: Arnon Grunberg
Genre: Literature novel
ISBN: 9789085161035
NUR: 301
Publisher: B for Books B.V.
Year 1st edition & read edition: 2005
Year read: 2016
Original title & language: Iemand Anders [NL]
Read language: Dutch
Pages: 39
Places: New York, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown
Rating: 4 / 5

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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2015 IN A FACTUAL SHORT STORY

2015 in a factual short story

As you all know it is today thursday 31 december 2015 and this means tonight it is New Year’s Eve! What happened on my blog this year? What happened to me? What are the facts of my blog?

Facts about me anno 2015:

I can talk a lot, I can write a lot, but just keep it short in facts and lists. I like that for the overview!

  • I started with a new study: Informatica – also known as Computer Science or IT –
  • My cycle gear is growing and I cycle – or sport in general – more and more. Back to the old rhythm
  • I have read since April 2015 60 books, some in English some in Dutch. The Dutch books have won this year.
  • Personal life – wait I never talked about my personal life really – but I like to say this: I am grateful for all the lovely people around me. The ones I know all my life. The ones I know for years. The one I know a year and the ones I have met this year.
  • My best and farthest travel was to Trondheim, Norway for the International Student Festival in Trondheim – ISFiT 2015 – the most I have learned in two weeks about life and about corruption and effect on students from all over the world. “The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” Quote by Marius Jones, Head of ISFiT 2015.
  • I have been for the first time at a host, a lovely Norwegian couple!, for eleven days! Amazing and great new experience.
  • I have seen the Dalai Lama there, he held a speech for a few hours. Very inspiring!

Do you have any more questions about me in 2015? Ask by the Contact Me page or a comment below this post.

Facts about my blog anno 2015:

Luckily you can find always so much through your statistics…so here they come:

  • In February I was already building, not posting yet (away to ISFiT and thinking about how to do it) and I finished the preparing of the blog in April of this year.

 

The blog posts
  • I have written 164 posts – yay this is number 165!
  • I have published 118 posts – yay this is number 119!
  • I have 45 posts as draft
  • I have 1 private post
  • I have written 18 book reviews
  • I have written 5 film reviews
  • I have written 4 series reviews
  • This post has 722 words (without all the numbers)

 

The Pages
  • I have written 22 pages
  • I have protected 3 of them (Portfolio, college purpose)
  • I have set private 3 pages too (ideas)
  •  Before this blog I had already two websites (Google Sites and the other blog website Blogger). I have transferred some content such as my ‘About Me‘ page
  • I like the lists and the review pages in lists the most
  • My own pearl page: Traveling Places Through Books

 

Statistics
  • I started writing on this blog in April 2015
  • I started more consequently writing in November 2015
  • It took me a few months to figure out what sort of system would work for me personal and I can translate to blogging.
  • Top 5 countries with views on my blog is:
    1. The Netherlands
    2. The United States of America
    3. The United Kingdom
    4. Belgium
    5. Germany
  • The top 5 known search terms are:
    1. Goodreads 2015
    2. 13 day diet menu
    3. Piano guys
    4. Liebster Award
    5. Facebook filter
  • There are 104 unknown search terms
  • The top 5 of clicks from my site:
    1. Twitter
    2. Instagram
    3. Gravatar
    4. Facebook
    5. Goodreads
  • The top 5 referrers to my site:
    1. Search Engines
    2. WordPress Reader
    3. Facebook
    4. Twitter
    5. Hebban.nl
  • The top 5 of my best months:
    1. July
    2. August
    3. October
    4. November
    5. December (or december will be on place 4 when I post this blogpost).
  • Now I have given you five top 5 facts about my statistics!

 

Goals for 2016:
  • Post 5x a week
    • second level: Try every weekday
    • second level: Extra is the weekend
  • Double the total amount of views
  • Double the total amount of unique visitors
  • Write 26 book reviews – Reading Challenge of 2016 is set at reading 52 books.
  • Write 26 film reviews
  • Write 10 series reviews (means 10 seasons)
  • Improve my blog writing skills
  • Improve my English
  • Extend the Traveling Places Through Books page list by filling in more continents and multiple cities.

 

This was my 2015

These are my goals for 2016

I wish you a Happy New Year!

All the best of luck

And because of my curiosity:

What are your goals of 2016?

Or what do you want to say at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016?

Happy New Year from Sophie!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)| Announcement Trailer

The new film in the world of Harry Potter

“In 2016, writer J.K. Rowling invites you to return to the wizarding world. November 2016”

In less than one year, on November 18th 2016 (USA), the new film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ will be in theaters. This will be the first film of a new trilogy about the three prequels of the Harry Potter series. The book itself consists only of 42 pages but with lots and lots of information about the magical world. Will it be the smallest book ever filmed?

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