I AM the danger.
I AM the one who knocks.
I AM the danger.
I AM the one who knocks.
Ooooh sometimes, I get a good feeling! #avicii #le7els #AMS #ziggo #fireworks
Ever so slowly, drops of spare time find their way back in to my life through the almost impenetrable ceiling of I*ESN obligations. The kind of spare time you don’t miss if you do not have it, but once you’ve watered your lips there’s no quenching your thirst of free time.
What use is there in talking about drops, lips and thirst if all you need is a solid drought? One that takes your mind off the daily business and brings your focus back right where it should be. No more mediocre parties where your attendance is just ‘appreciated’, no more constricting thoughts on made decisions and most of all no more jerking around on the internet. Either finish your glass and soak yourself in the alcohol of spare time or not a single sip of salvation at all, giving you the full focus. No more middle ground, no more half measures.
And to make this point clear, some of the following full measures will be in order from today onwards. And once a measure or decision is made, it’s final. If there is anything I should do for my masters application, my VSB application or any other likewise arrangement for the future, it goes before anything else. Second, if people give you shit, you either give it right back to them, or you ensure that they’ll have no more shit to give. Either way, fix it. Third and finally, stop the tardy lame appearances, but take matters into your own hands. Call your friends instead of being late for whatever they invite you to. Make it a two-way relationship again, because without your friends, you’re nothing.
Reminder: This goes for friends from here and far.
Beard up, suit up, man up!
Been whisteling all day. #BB #walter
Go hard, or go home. #esn #welcometoholland #orange #exchange #carpediem
In first instance it was my idea to write an annual overview of what happened to me, each aspiring to place the past ones in their shadow. Unfortunately, or fortunately, due to a lack of a time this year, it’ll be hard to surpass 2012’s overview, regardless of 2013’s greatness.
All around me the buzz of a knocking new year is tangible. Drinks are drank, sweets are snacked and experiences of the past year exchanged like only a true new years eve can offer.
January & Febuari
After an eventful start of 2013 in Eindhoven, the year continued in a similar fashion. One of the most memorable moments of the year was meeting my second exchange group, the sexii six. We shared Winter TOPweek, being ‘officially’ kicked out of the Wintercantus together with Tim, joining introduction camp as Tennis Ho’s and having the official start of the semester.
Next to my alcohol involved antics with I*ESN, my start with AIESEC Tilburg also took place. Only in hindsight, I can say how incredible the people I met were. People who became a true force of inspiration for me; in partying, working and living overall.
Apart from this, the Chickingwing-Afterparty was also part of this incredible month. The people involved, Hannah, Alessandra, Miguel and Priscila will hopefully remember forever.
All these things lead to Februari: a crazy 1-night adventure in Paris with almost random exchange students, winning a wonderful Carnavals bet with my friends from Geldrop and of course NatCo II with my fellow AIESEC’ers from all over the Netherlands.
Ohhhhhhhyeah, and I graduated with HONOURS from my bachelors. You’re welcome.
March & April
What mainly plays a role in March and April are the OGX-weekend with my fellow AIESEC’ers to Pisa, my ever hidden video of me and Ivo, the Italian ‘bes’ and all other adventures in Italy. God, too many to mention.
And for April the challenge for AIESEC 2013-2014 Presidency, the one-and-motherfucking-only queens night and many and more parties with my wonderful sexy (sexchange) six. The entire application procedure, writing a manifest, interviews in Tilburg and Amsterdam and overall thinking on a long-term basis, but in the end still losing against one of my best friends Wouter, and going on. Going on like always. Sneaking drinks into random bars, and dressing up like the hottest chick around with the rest of my group.
May & June
In May, my applications for I*ESN and AIESEC continued, because it was either getting a full-time board function at either one of the organizations that were competing for my heart, or starting my masters, which was something that frightened me. I still cannot believe how hard it was for me to choose between the too. Even harder than not being selected for the some of the functions I applied for. But at the same time, they were valuable lessons. In the end I became Integration manager of I*ESN, and I most definitely do not regret it.
June was mainly spent on me and Alessandra, the breath-taking Brazilian who nowadays goes around as my girlfriend. We went from party to party, from goodbye to goodbye and in the end from reunitement to reunitement.
July & August
In july I worked for I*ESN, I sweat for I*ESN and I worked for I*ESN even more. But in the end, the results were there. I did a million interviews, and together with the board, we built a TOPweek schedule that was rated as one of the best amongst the programs, mentors and buddies that delivered an amazing semester and most of all friends that would last, and I hope will continue to last.
And for August, yes I am keeping track now, we actually had our TOPweek, which was in the end as rewarding as it killed all of us from the inside. Fun did not have its part during TOPweek, but in the end it payed off. The students were happy, thankful and most of all drunk. Oh, and I had a 128 congratulations for my birthday on Facebook, (which is a personal record) and a full Carpe Diem singing for me. Although I missed it, spending time with one of my best friends.
Oh yeah, and not to mention my vacation to the USA, my short reunitement with Alessandra and all the functional trouble it caused me. But, to make a point, the USA are wonderful.
September & Oktober
God, I’m in a hurry now. September was spent in Siena and Munchen, as Oktober was spent in Rio and Nancy. Siena was beyond words, an issue for the board, which at the time was moving like an un-oiled bike, but also a party trip as never experienced before, whereas Munchen was as cultural as drinking. And of course the meeting of new people, my new gropu, and everything involving the new semester (yeah, I missed my group during TOPweek, a LOT).
And Oktober, visiting Alessandra in Rio, which was suprising. I loved experience as much as I felt weird about the city. It was more dangerous than expected, more worrysome than I thought and most of all more pretty. And our board trip to Nancy, which was far more important in terms of bonding rather than official I*ESN matters.
November & December
The last months of the year, the board organizing the first I*ESN beercantus, and the start of I*ESN promotion for new mentors and buddies. And in December me DJ’ing for I*ESN, the gala and Alessandra coming back again.
In the end, this is honestly just a first draft, illustrated by pictures. In the upcoming days I will continue with editing the story, filling in the blanks, adding names and working out the spelling mistakes.
In the end, what it all comes down to is having dreams and living up to them. Many things happened that I had not expected, not anticipated and not even dared hoped for. As always, may you dream adventurous and may you live your dreams!
The world is always up for grabs. #monumentvalley #usa #willemsadventures #traveling