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International welcome week (student story#1)

Student stories 31 August 2007, 00:00

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: I am Elena from Perm, Russia, a student at Stenden University. Classes haven’t started yet but I already feel myself as a part of the Stenden community. 

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: I am Elena from Perm, Russia, a student at Stenden University. Classes haven’t started yet but I already feel myself as a part of the Stenden community. You want to know why? I will tell you.

host team, host and buddy, stenden university, study start week, international welcome weekI arrived 22 August to Ljouwert (Frisian name for Leeuwarden), very soon found my school (taxi is arranged by Stenden University but I decided to go by car) because every citizen knows where it is. When I arrived, I went immediately to the International Office in Stenden University. They provided me with all necessary information.

The Housing Office, situated in the school building, arranged my apartment and gave me the contract and keys. I got a very nice room in a real student area. It consists of 3 houses with all students inside and besides our rooms we have a big kitchen, laundry, living room with a pool table, big tv and a bar where we can organise great parties! I met a house keeper and my host who are supposed to help me with anything I need. I bought a nice pink bike from a house keeper.

Next day the introduction week started. We, international students, were divided into groups and introduced to our buddies.
They showed us the school building and made a tour around city center. The lunch and dinner at school for us were for free so we could eat as much as we want! The second day we had a boat trip around friesland (a province of Netherlands, Leeuwarden is the capital). It was very relaxing with a dinner on the boat.

And in the evening we all went to the party in the biggest club in Leeuwarden – Noa, where the party was organised by Stenden University specially for us! The third day I will remember for ages. We had a team building activity. We were jumping with poles (in Dutch – fierljeppen – traditional Frisian sport) into the sand and even over the water!

All in mud, water, sand and bruises all over we were absolutely happy! We shoot with arrows, climbed on the walls, fall in the water with all the clothes and played team games. It was awesome! And it was only a welcome weekend… What is waiting for me later? Fun, parties, new friends or lectures, seminars and searching for a job…

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