This time I would like to share with you my exchange experiences. In fall 2015 I travelled to Texas to study for one semester at Texas A&M University. It is specialized in Agriculture and Mechanics, but there is also an economics department, mostly linked to the agricultural sector. It was a perfect opportunity to focus a bit more on agricultural related issues.
A year ago I could no longer deny that the time of studying was coming to an end. Many of you will recognize the helpless feeling of having all the possibilities in the world but not a clue of what to do next. To decide I made a list of all possible plans: finding a job, doing another study, go traveling and more. I made a list of countries where I could go to for traveling or studies. I consulted a lot of friends and had some sleepless nights because of all the freedom I had. Suddenly my old dream of studying Spanish returned. Years before I did the beginners course of Spanish at the Language Center of the university. For the ones that don’t know: you can study languages for free at Tilburg University (with the vouchers all students receive). I cannot encourage you more to do so. Learning a language opens a new world, a new way of thinking and a lot of people to talk to. However, the best and most fun way to learn a language is of course to learn it in a country where they speak the language. Last September I flew to Valencia and went back to school.
The Economics study is often seen as a very practical, hard and feeling less way to approach the world. However, do not underestimate the use of calculations in daily life, knowledge sometimes is power. One of the most magical and difficult things in our existence is finding the love of your life. True love is something that we believe we cannot influence too much. Now it seems that an economic approach on dating can give valuable insights into dating and mating. Many problems arise in matching that are common in economics. For instance, finding a job might not be very different from finding a partner. Both parties should be happy to be matched.
For all the people that have been on Exchange, for those that currently are, and for those that have an exchange in the near future, the topic of grade conversion between both relevant universities is one worthy for discussion. And one that I have previously had myself too. A predetermined conversion scale set by the home university that heavily affects how your efforts and results abroad are translated back home. This translation or conversion can either work out well for your GPA, or simply underestimate your results. But fact remains that such a conversion scale is not easy to determine. Information is needed. And to retrieve information about this question requires quite some effort, especially if you have lots of partner universities from different countries with different grading systems.
This is a guest blog written by Jerôme Crijns, a student from Tilburg School of Economics and Management who is currently on exchange in Budapest.
Eat sleep rave repeat, that may well be the motto for my stay in Budapest. At least during the first two weeks after my arrival. Being located in what guides describe as “the trendiest district of Budapest”, the Jewish quarter, the ‘eating’ part took place at various tiny cosy Amsterdam-like retro bars and coffee corners. Places which choose to present their menus on a sustainability-embracing and human rights-protecting piece of wood, written down in chocolate letters and with smileys that indicate the absence of gluten or meat.
Among the active members of study association Asset|Economics, many students can be found who have interesting activities besides their studies. In this article Laurens Otemann will be interviewed about his experience with combining studying and sports. Laurens is currently graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Economics at Tilburg University and he has played water polo in the Dutch Eredivisie, the highest water polo league of the Netherlands.
At Tilburg University the fall semester is marked by students going abroad and spending a full semester within their degree at a university somewhere around the globe. The information for this article did not have to come from far, since within Asset|Economics there are many students coming back from exchange at the beginning of the spring semester. By now the spring semester has already started and we are looking back with Rutger Smids and Leon Bremer on their exchange experience. Both Rutger and Leon are now in their third year of their Bachelor Economics and Business Economics at Tilburg University and they are active members at Asset | Economics.