From ‘farmer’ to ‘proper student’

From ‘farmer’ to ‘proper student’

“I remember my first day as a student, wandering around the Erasmus University campus. I had lived in the countryside in the far south of the Netherlands for nearly my entire youth, and now the world around me had changed radically. I was used to tripping over first graders at secondary school, and complete silence at night. It wasn’t easy to go from that world to being one out of a thousand students and having uncountable responsibilities. The mentor programme was absolutely vital for me. It gives new students a personal space within the huge university, where they can have their questions answered, their uncertainties explained, and make new friends. My personal experience inspired me to join the mentor programme. The training was informative, effective and most definitely worth spending a week of the summer on. My goal is to help the new students discover their own personal space, and to teach them how to deal with their changing worlds. I want to help them become good, responsible students who make the most out of the years that lie ahead of them. The mentor programme helped this farmer develop into a proper student. I am confident to help my students achieve the same.”

Rik de Paauw, second-year BSc student