There were no physical activities during the introduction week and their first lectures were mostly online. How are our freshmen doing now? This week we look back with them on their first three weeks at the UvA. Nono Kranendonk (21, History): ‘At first it was difficult, we saw each other once and then there were two weeks of online education.’
What do you think of online education?
‘It is arranged quite well, sometimes there are technical problems, but it is not too bad. The tutorials also work well, usually we are divided into groups of five students, so we can have a discussion. By the way, I think the course is of a good level. During online education it is more difficult to stay focused. Looking at your screen, you get distracted more quickly.’
Have you been to campus, and what was that like?
‘I have already had three lectures on location and including the introduction day, I have now been to the UvA four times. Thursday I had another lecture on Ancient History and that was a long session, having to listen for almost two hours in a row. But I respect how the teachers have a coherent answer ready even to unexpected questions. That’s inspiring.’
Do you feel like you belong to the university?
‘I consider myself a real “Amsterdammer” and I think the UvA is an important part of that. I am happy to be a part of this university and also that I have been welcomed in a jovial way, despite the uncertain times we are in.’
Have you made college friends yet?
‘At first it was difficult, we saw each other once and then there were two weeks of online education But last week, after a lecture, we went for a drink on a terrace. I made some friends there.’