Sexual Violence Workshops at AUC: Making Our Bubble Safer

By Sophie Sutherland – This week is Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Amsterdam University College, but efforts in the area are not limited to this week alone. In the months leading up to now, the student life officer, Lydia Roberts, and her graduate assistant, Claudia Dictus, have developed and held workshops on sexual violence with different parts of the student body. Roberts explained that the … Continue reading Sexual Violence Workshops at AUC: Making Our Bubble Safer

Amsterdam This March

By Jasmin Ronach Whether you believe it or not, there is life outside “the bubble”. This term invokes the image of a small, protective environment, and refers to the dorms as the center point of many AUC students’ lives. An uneventful night seems unthinkable, but when it does occur, it is because most of us are buckling under the weight of deadlines and assignments. Sometimes, … Continue reading Amsterdam This March

Perfectionism in a Stress Culture: The Eating Habits of AUC Students

By Jasmin Ronach Along with ‘excellent’ and ‘diverse’, students of Amsterdam University College (AUC) are often described as ‘ambitious’. Though this ambition may be a source of pride academically, the responses of 60 AUC students surveyed on Facebook indicate it has both positive and negative impacts on the non-academic areas of their lives, such as their eating habits. Almost three quarters of the students who … Continue reading Perfectionism in a Stress Culture: The Eating Habits of AUC Students

Pets in the Dorms – Yay or Nay?

By Amber Roos As students are often under a great amount of stress, would not every student want something fluffy to greet them every time they get back from class? For students at Amsterdam University College (AUC) this is possible as their landlord DUWO allows them to keep pets. But just because it is allowed, does not mean it is actually a good idea. What … Continue reading Pets in the Dorms – Yay or Nay?

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

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

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 students address important issues during Mental Health Awareness Week

Since November 6 AUC students have been participating in the Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative organised by Peer Support. Peer Support, a student support group, organises this event annually as a way of raising attention to mental health care at AUC. Continue reading AUC students address important issues during Mental Health Awareness Week

Does Academia Care About Your Emotions?

By Matilda Médard — From the 7th until the 11th of November, Amsterdam University College was host to a series of events aimed at starting discussion around mental health, held under the banner ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, and organized by the Peer Support team in co-operation with the Student Life Officer Vinika Porwal. In parallel, a debate on trigger warnings is growing in a polarizing … Continue reading Does Academia Care About Your Emotions?

Mental Health Awareness Week Stimulates Discussion Among Students

By Cille Kaiser  — On Monday, November 7th, during the opening event of the Mental Health Awareness Week, two students got the chance to share their personal experiences. The event, organized by AUC’s Peer Support Team and hosted at their Living Room in the dorms, attracted roughly 20 guests. The aim was to talk about coping with mood disorders and anxiety; the broader purpose of the entire … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week Stimulates Discussion Among Students