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?

The Issue of Exercise for AUC Students: Stress to Excess or Exercise to De-stress?

By Rosa Juffer — The high workload, demanding classes and attendance requirements of Amsterdam University College (AUC) often take their toll on its students. For many, the prospect of an upcoming deadline is stressful enough to opt for an extra hour of study instead of hitting the gym. However, according to mental and physical health experts, it is exactly this exercise that could relieve some of … Continue reading The Issue of Exercise for AUC Students: Stress to Excess or Exercise to De-stress?

AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

By Veerle Fanoy — “A full-time, selective three-year honours programme in liberal arts and sciences at the Bachelor level, taught in English, with a strong offering in the sciences and enrolling up to 50% science majors.” With this description Amsterdam University College (AUC) presents itself to prospective students on its website. Yet with four chemistry courses cancelled during the 2017-2018 academic year, in an already lackluster … Continue reading AUC’s Chemistry Track: An Empty Promise

AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

By Malou Miedema — The history track needs a revamp if it is to become a well-rounded track, according to current and former students of history courses at Amsterdam University College (AUC). For current and prospective history students, good news is on the horizon: after the changes to the Film track, which are to be implemented in the forthcoming semester, the History track is next in … Continue reading AUC’s History Track: in Need of a Revamp to Change for the Better

No Solution Rising for Broken Elevators in Science Park

By Edivaldo McEnroe — At least one of the six elevators being broken at the dorms has become commonplace; a great annoyance of Amsterdam University College students that inhabit the building. Despite housing agency DUWO’s recent announcement that all elevators have been fixed, issues seem to remain. Students are prevented from bringing their bikes or other large items downstairs because of the broken elevators. Others have … Continue reading No Solution Rising for Broken Elevators in Science Park

From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association

By Madelief van Dongen Disclaimer: As a result of anonymity issues, edits to this story have been made after publication. — When a bunch of students decided to throw a party in their decorated common room last year, they did not expect it to lead to a new function as DUWO ambassador. Hidde Griek, second-year Humanities major, and Noah van Genuchten, second-year Social Science major, were … Continue reading From Punishment to Ambitious Project – Reshaping the Tenants Association