AUClimbing on the Rise

By Anie Weidal – While it is not an official Catch sport, climbing has seen a rise of popularity during the last years. Catch is AUC’s sports committee, and Antoine Bourcieu, the event manager, is trying to organise climbing within the AUC community. While the facebook group is growing, there are still climbers who have not heard about it. Bourcieu says that there are more … Continue reading AUClimbing on the Rise

The Class of 2019 Remembers: Top 5 Peculiar Stories That Probably Every AUC Student Can Relate To

By Clara Crucifix College years are challenging: between the confusing administrative procedures, the academic pressure and the socialization with peer students, it can easily be overwhelming. This is the period of transition between teenage years and adult life, and one cannot read enough articles or watch enough series to prepare for this period of self-discovery and pushing one’s limits. For AUC students, the dorms add … Continue reading The Class of 2019 Remembers: Top 5 Peculiar Stories That Probably Every AUC Student Can Relate To

Height is Just a Number

By Jet de Vries – It is a bit past 21:00  in Elsa’s Café in Oost, the room is packed and it smells like a mix of beer and sweaty football shirts. Ajax score their first goal against Juventus and the mainly male crowd goes wild, but the only things I am seeing are shoulders, chests, and maybe sometimes, when I’m lucky, one eighth of … Continue reading Height is Just a Number

Cats and Dogs are Old News, What About Snakes, Turtles, Birds and Ants?

By Bibi Piets – Many AUC students keep pets: cats, dogs, and hamsters are all rather common. These fluffy animals can be your warm welcome after a day studying at the AB and can help you through the sometimes-difficult times as a student. But not all pets at the dorms are fluffy and cuddly, though those which are not may be all the more interesting. … Continue reading Cats and Dogs are Old News, What About Snakes, Turtles, Birds and Ants?

Illiberal Liberalism

By Valérie Heinz – Is it possible to be liberal, but be illiberal at the same time? Can one have a constructive conversation with someone whose opinions are the complete opposite of one’s own? Yes, to both, say Benedict Hamlyn and Thomas ter Reehorst, writers and producers of a small Amsterdam-based podcast series, that goes by the name “Illiberal Liberalism; Disagreeing with Respect”. The first … Continue reading Illiberal Liberalism

Ramadan at AUC

By Maria Popescu – Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holiest month of the year. This year, Ramadan takes place from May 6 to June 4, which also marks the end of the 16-week period for AUC students. During Ramadan, next to fasting from food and drinks from pre-dawn to sunset, Muslims also focus on doing good and avoid doing … Continue reading Ramadan at AUC

Finding housing in Amsterdam: An impossible task for AUC students?

By Rosalie Dielesen – The municipality of Amsterdam has decided to give the youth in Amsterdam priority when allocating social rental properties in 2020. This concerns around 750 of the approximately 4000 homes that become available for regular rental each year. While this law is good news for students in general, the implementation of it comes a little too late for the students about to … Continue reading Finding housing in Amsterdam: An impossible task for AUC students?

Finding a Summer Job as an English Speaker in the Netherlands Might be Easier than You Think

By Arwyn Workman Youmans – Searching for summer employment is a stressful endeavour for many students, especially when on top of qualifications and availability one also has to factor in the language they speak. In many countries this is the harsh reality of summer employment that leaves some students unemployed and in precarious financial situations. But while this may be the case elsewhere, a different … Continue reading Finding a Summer Job as an English Speaker in the Netherlands Might be Easier than You Think

SPAR Pizza – Making History One Slice at a Time

By Ralitza Petrova – Once evening rolls around in Science Park, the sidewalk on Carolina MacGillavrylaan invariably gets filled with the blissful aroma of herbs and melted cheese. Flocks of students joyfully strut to the dorms holding white carton boxes, all the while trying to wolf down another piece of SPAR’s signature frozen pizza. It is hard to imagine a time when SPAR pizza was … Continue reading SPAR Pizza – Making History One Slice at a Time

Peer Support and Student Council Introduce AUC to a Reformed Health Week

By Leon Byvanck – On May 15, PlayUC and the Art Board joined forces for a night filled with games and blackout poetry. The evening was stimulated by the Student Council (SC) and Peer Support, in light of the Health Week at AUC, May 13-17. Health Week was originally an initiative by Peer Support to give students a platform to discuss their (mental) health. Its … Continue reading Peer Support and Student Council Introduce AUC to a Reformed Health Week