One of the key pillars of Asset | Economics is to bring the student in contact with companies. That is exactly the goal of the Inside the Business Day, which took place last week. Over 100 people had subscribed for the cases of EY, RBB Economics, CBS and the Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment. And a large majority joined the drink afterwards to share their experiences. EY was happy to notice that two students had applied for their Business Course on the very same evening: that’s the best news a recruiter can get.
“Heeeere’s Johnny!”. I have been watching the 1980 horror movie The Shining this week. Starring a father (Jack Nicholson), mother and child who take care of a hotel in winter-time, the scenes are hidden in the snowy Sierra Nevada when there are no guests around. “Tell us the story about the murder in the hotel again”, the wife asks on their way to this temple of doom. Her husband frowns, “it’s long gone”. The story begins.
Humanity has experienced many great inventions. And the vast majority of inventions has led to a welfare increase. We are healthier than our predecessors thanks to antibiotics, happier thanks to Oreo and more productive thanks to instant-noodles. These innovations have become part of our life in a very subtle and invisible way. And yet they are of great value. They allow us to spend more time with friends or to train our Xbox skills.
Going on exchange is a bit like flying into space. Time becomes a relative factor and days flow into weeks flow into months. There are no real social obligations like the ones that we all have in Tilburg. No fraternities or sport associations, no weekly drinks or committee activities. It’s a period that allows you to fill it in with whatever activity you like.
A productive life is fed by productive circumstances. This applies to the field of Economics as much as it applies to the life of a student. What’s the raison d’être for areas such as Silicon Valley or the Zuidas in Amsterdam? There is a rich source of intelligence, creativity and innovation. People from all kinds of disciplines flock together and bundle their forces. A high-tech area arises. It’s like the magic elixir from Panoramix in Asterix and Obelix. Or like solving a suduko: when all the pieces are brought together a beautiful new creation arises. The puzzle is solved. A treasure has been created.
I live in a comfortable house. We have a cosy living room, we are 6 enthusiastic students and our landlord is not an egoistic prick who refuses to repair a leaking sink or broken door. Moreover, the location of our house is perfect. Right in between the city center and the university. And what’s more: it is one block away from the Albert Heijn XL. The walhalla of consumerism and the Walmart of the Netherlands. It is the supermarket where ‘super’ is an understatement for its size. Want to go for some quick shopping? Not at this place.
In January this year, I paid a visit to Naples. It was in the end of my exchange period in Budapest. I wanted to see if there were some cheap flights to warmer places. Budapest is a winter wonderland as long as there’s snow, but as soon as the snow has molten the city becomes an open-air ice bar – only without the free shots.
Media were obsessed by it. It created headlines all over the world and was deemed a watershed moment in the big data era. We’re talking about the Apple vs. US government case. The charge? Apple was forced to supply data to the US government after the Boston bomb attacks had occurred. In order to trace the criminals responsible for this gruesome act. A just cause, it seemed. But Apple refused because of privacy reasons. No matter how urgent the case, the US government had no right to poke its nose into millions of people’s data.