Not Ready to Mingle? Get a Single!

By Eva Lotta Č.P. — Prior to a student’s first year at Amsterdam University College (AUC), choosing a room means simply seeing the size, number and price. One doesn’t know where it is or what it looks like, but for shared rooms there is another uncertainty: who is the roommate? In some cases, the pairing creates an instant friendship while in general, the end of the first … Continue reading Not Ready to Mingle? Get a Single!

Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

By Nina Hees — An AUC Student Council Facebook post on April 20 about alterations to the Academic Standards and Procedures (AS&Ps), effective in the 2018/19 academic year, raised concerns among the student body. Adele Beinaraviciute, a second-year Social Science major and co-chair of the Student Council, and Thijs Etty, chair of the Board of Studies (BoS), answer these concerns. It appears that there is nothing … Continue reading Announced Changes to the Academic Standards & Procedures are Nothing to Worry About

Complications Aren’t Stopping Women from Using Birth Control

By Keeke van Paassen — With the fear of getting pregnant lingering, complications that come along with birth control do not necessarily stop women from using it. Whether it’s hormonal or non-hormonal, birth control for women can cause both physical and mental issues, which is also experienced by the female population at Amsterdam University College (AUC). Professor Marc Spaanderman, gynaecologist at Maastricht University Medical Center, says … Continue reading Complications Aren’t Stopping Women from Using Birth Control

Reduced First-year Tuition Fees – A Gift or Not?

By Klaas Schoenmaker — While seeming like a nice gift to new students at first glance, the recently introduced regulation that is cutting in half the tuition fees for students from the EU, EEA, Surinam, and Switzerland can potentially hurt Dutch students taking out high amounts of student loans. According to the proposed changes to the “Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research,” future Amsterdam University … Continue reading Reduced First-year Tuition Fees – A Gift or Not?

The Campaign to Put Butts Where They Belong

By Emma Tucker — “See? there’s a girl smoking right there on the bench,” said Marcus Smit, Amsterdam University College’s (AUC) Team Leader of Internationalisation, as he pointed to the benches outside the academic building. “There’s another one. She already has her hands in her bag, so that cigarette was chucked on the ground. They are completely unaware of the fact that they are littering in … Continue reading The Campaign to Put Butts Where They Belong

Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

By Saga Norrby  — In 1994 Laurens Schasfoort – a then 29-year-old Dutchman – went to Tanzania and Kenya with the intention to teach. Having already taught physics and chemistry in the Netherlands, he thought he could be of help there. But looking back, present-day Schasfoort attributes the thinking of his younger self to “white arrogance.” “I think I can learn more from them than they … Continue reading Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

By Max van Geuns — Students who lack the money to pay the municipal taxes in Amsterdam, a couple of hundred euros every year, can apply for kwijtschelding (a waiver). However, having been a student for the last three years, I discovered how impossible, incomprehensible and unfair this process is. As a journalist, I started an investigation and revealed eight other ‘incidents’ of the Gemeente … Continue reading Kwijtscheldingen for Amsterdam Students: a Bureaucratic Rollercoaster

Why the Quitting Social Media Trend Isn’t Taking Off at AUC

By Laura Illeris — At a time when social media companies are increasingly under scrutiny and our lives are uploaded to the Cloud on a daily basis, a countertrend of giving up likes and instant gratification by abandoning social media is emerging. However, some students at Amsterdam University College (AUC) following this trend are facing a major obstacle. They feel that AUC relies too heavily on … Continue reading Why the Quitting Social Media Trend Isn’t Taking Off at AUC

The Action-plan: Working Towards a Resolution to Fight Depression at AUC

By Lieselotte Oudega — With the final capstone deadline approaching, the last exams and deadlines being prepared and the question of what to do next year echoing in their head, there is a big chance that depression will be looming around the third-years at Amsterdam University College (AUC). It turns out that these feelings are tormenting almost half of the students at AUC and more than … Continue reading The Action-plan: Working Towards a Resolution to Fight Depression at AUC

Willemijn de Hoop: The Hope for a Debt-free AUCSA?

By Max van Geuns — With a projected budget deficit of 26,500 euros at the end of this academic year, Willemijn de Hoop, a second-year Science major, was the only candidate brave enough to apply for the Treasury of the Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA) of 2018-2019. After two years of overspending and budget cuts, she is taking the high road with a five-year payback … Continue reading Willemijn de Hoop: The Hope for a Debt-free AUCSA?