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This is the first English version of the yearbook and it celebrates the graduation of our first international group. A group that includes Dutch and international students and the first group that has experienced the MEM program new style We gave you a heavier study load, a new way of testing and a stricter form of PBL then we had in the early years. But you managed it and now you are ready to brave the world. It has been a pleasure working with you and we wish you all the best. On behalf of the MEM staff

Patrick Bemelmans, Dean

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living in Leeuwarden Most beautiful shopping street of the Netherlands Beginning and end-point of the Elfstendentocht Broadcasting of Domino day Leeuwarden is listed as a monumental city 18.950 HBO students 7.379 students studying at Stenden There were 214.600 cinema visits in 2010 There were 149.000 theater visits in 2010 Leeuwarden has a total area of 83.966.088 m2 The most common zip code is 8911 70% of the residents feels safe
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Simon Hoff, maybe not everybody knows him by his name, but probably a lot of us remember him as the guy that always wore short pants. Even in autumn and winter he did. I asked him why and the answer is simple: I just like wearing shorts, says Simon.

We, the editorial team of the yearbook, decided that Simon Hoff should not only be in the yearbook because of his short pants, but because we think that he is one of the most integrated students in Leeuwarden. The question arose, how to settle in this city. Setting foot in Leeuwarden was incredibly easy thanks to the welcome weekend, the study start week and my flat mates. You get to know people in no time if you are open to talk to

people and hang out with them, he explained. Talking to people in the Netherlands is not too easy for German students, as they have to talk English, or take on the challenge to learn Dutch. Dutch is often seen as related to the German Its still a laguage, but nice place to when seriously trying, be and relax you might find out that it is very difficult after all. Simon started at MEM with the Dutch stream and picked up the language easily. Later on he switched to the international course, remaining friends with his Dutch fellow students from before.


Im still in contact with my former room mates, friends and

co-workers and Im sure I will gome back to Leeuwarden for some days even before graduation. Its still a nice place to be and relax This way he got new friends very fast, with whom he played futsal and went partying, too. Simon is a good example of a student who managed to integrate fast, due to his open mindedness and ability to adapt to different cultures and languages. Simon is actually one of the few international students that learned Dutch within his study time. This attitude and a little luck helped him to even find a job here, too. He spent part of his studies working at De Harmonie(a theatre). Within his third year he went to London,

Great Britain. Being in London also made him think about Leeuwarden again, his friends, Stenden University and the city itself. About Leeuwarden Simon said: I come from a city slightly smaller than Leeuwarden, however Leeuwarden seemed pretty white-bread to me, with all the small houses, lanes and shops. However I learned how lovable the city is and even though many people frequently wished they were somewhere else after a year or two, I know after going away many people now reminisce the time there. Having said this, every body can check whether this counts for themselves too


On 1st January the CHN University Netherlands merges with Drenthe University into Stenden University There are over 10.000 students, which is a lot actually for a city that has 19.000 inhabitants. Munich, which is a city of 1,330,440 inhabitants, counts 46.723 students at their biggest university Stenden University counts 800 employees The university offers 3 associate degrees, 19 bachelor programs and 7 master programs in the fields of (Service) Management, Education, Care, Economics and Engineering Stenden University has campuses in Quatar, South Africa, Thailand and Indonesia

Stenden University can also be found in Emmen, Groningen, Meppel and Assen There are 129 partner universities of Stenden University around the globe Spain offers with 15 universities most offers in different Spanish cities Stenden Universitys Bachelor and Master programs are checked by the Nederlands Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie The correct description of Stenden University is Stenden University of Applied Sciences, as the difference between university and hoogeschool does not become clear otherwise by the word university alone



Naomi Veldwijk
Yes, I admit that I have stolen a pink bird out of the Christmas tree in school, but my gay friend definitely needed it! Naomi Veldwijk is honest when we ask her questions about Stenden. My first impression of Stenden was not that positive, I still do not know what they have done with my fifty Euros that we needed to pay for the study start week. She likes the design of the school but finding the way was more difficult for her. After three years she finally knows that there is not a third floor. I was almost at the roof of Stenden sometimes. Naomi likes the learning company because it looks fresh to her and there are a lot of new computers, but she also likes the new canteen, although she gets

I still do not know

what they have done with my fifty Euros that we needed to pay for the study start week
tired of the biological bread. The Tuesday special with roast beef is my favorite bread in the canteen! She also has some tips for the school to improve their service to students.

Her first tip is that they need to make lockers where you can put your bag and your coat in, they are simply too small! And her second tip is more about the temperature of the school. In the summer, they can put the heater down. Overall, Naomi has warm memories about Stenden!


Tamar Klein

She entered the school for the first time in November 2008, while she was visiting the Open day of Stenden. She liked the atmosphere of the school and it was a thousand times better than her high school in Stadskanaal. We are talking about Tamar Klein, who started her study in February 2009. Together with Tamar, we take a look at the building. The design is good, but the spaces filled with computers are really too small. In this way it is always busy so you can hardly work there. When Tamar starts to talk about the computers, she has another opinion: The computers on the first floor at the study center are looking nice, but they are so slow. It is frustrating Tamar when the printers are not working (again!) when she is close to a deadline. So a tip from Tamar to the school is to focus on effective working computers and a little less on canteens and hair-

The design is good,

but the spaces filled with computers are really too small

dressers. But Tamar really enjoys the grass with the nice benches. We are going to enjoy that this summer. She also thinks that the renovation of the SAM (which is called Canteen now) turned out beautifully. But Tamar still likes the IF more because of the small size and the atmosphere. Her favorite lunch is focasia with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto but also the healthy bun. I think I am ordering that soon again, but only if there are not too many people waiting. Tamar is not going to miss the school that much, because she is excited to put her knowledge into action and she hopes to see a lot of the world and that she will find a good job where she can earn a living. Furthermore I like to be happy and healthy and have enough money to buy a lot of nice stuff! But most important to me is that I can stay myself!



Pauline Hagenbeek
This strict lady is actually fulfilling the role of manager, where all the students are being trained for, because Pauline is the team leader of the study Media & Entertainment Management.

The students are Her responsibilities are choosing for this study, for example managing the feared and hated Progress- so they need to show test, but also controlling effort and if they dont, all the module coordinathey are at the wrong tors and tutors. But why do much students see her place.
as the strict one? Pauline herself thinks it is because she expects a lot from students and teachers and she really dont like unmotivated people.

But Pauline also shows her soft side when she tells that she loves to see that a basic HAVO-student is becoming a media manager. For me its so satisfying when I see that people understand how it works. The ideal student is someone who is enjoying their study. Joy and passion are more important than the high grades. For Pauline, the 2008 cohort is special because they were the start of the Progress-test, the learning company and the international stream. Pauline likes to mention that she is proud of the little group of the international stream who gave a new impulse to the education.

Josine Olivier
They need to
be prepared, nice and also enjoying their student life
Education mother Josine Olivier is already working since 2003 for Media & Entertainment Management. But after being a schoolteacher and flying around the world as a stewardess, Josine did not want to work as a trainer at Stenden. At her interview, she was saying that she might not could handle students or that she couldnt teach anymore. But how strange things can go, she got the job and she fully enjoyed giving management trainings to students. After a few years, Josine got more responsibilities like working on the Dutch writing skills of students, where she is very strict. Maybe that gives a wrong impression of her, because students are always scared of her in the beginning. Later they find out that Josine is social, nice and not that hard. That is also what Josine expects from her students. Overall she has seen a lot students that has that requirements and she thinks that there are a lot of future media talents in this cohort. She does not only see that in the results, but more in the personality of students.

Floris Hegger
After being a student at Stenden, Floris is now the teacher himself. But Floris dont like to stand miles above the students and likes an informal atmosphere. But Floris is not only accessible and helpful, he is also strict and fair. Once he didnt gave points to a whole class after they looked in his tutor instructions. Another strict action was when he didnt give a student any PBL point for the whole module when he signed for a session where he was absent. Floris prefers students to show some effort instead of only asking questions. And that is important, because beside the PBL lessons is Floris also research and excel teacher, something you learn by practicing. Maybe that is also the reason why Floris likes the new PBL system, where students get points for the lessons. They need to be well prepared and work harder. There is also more participation now than there was in other years. When they could miss two lessons there, they did! For Floris is it important that a student has intrinsic motivation for studying, but a nice drink with the PBL group to end the module is also good to appreciate the hard work of the students in that period.


Jetze Valkema
Dutch pop/rock music is coming out of the speaker of Jetze his iPhone to show what he likes to do the most in his free time. But it is busy to combine this with his two kids and his work for Stenden. And as a teacher, Jetze still likes to improve himself, for example by doing a master in coaching. Jetze always likes to learn and he likes teaching the most. After a short study at the PABO, he thought: I see myself as a teacher, but not with these young kids all my life. So since 2,5 year, Jetze found his dream job: teaching students. He thinks that students like him as a teacher, but he is not strict enough. He is honest and nice, but one time he dismissed a girl from class, because she was too brutal. He prefers a good group process above a good individual process, because together you are sharing your knowledge and you learn from each other. So there is no ideal student, but there are ideal groups. He also really likes to see the development from the students within three years time. Everybody is different and they all shared a very positive energy. Everybody inspired me and you learned me a lot.

Sonja de Haan
Rumor has it that Sonja de Haan is Australian. She herself experienced that some students were astonished when they actually heard her talking in Dutch. Heres the thing: Sonja de Haan is NOT Australian. She was born in the Netherlands and it was back when she was a child that her parents took her to Australia for two years- this is why she picked up the accent. Due to the fact that she also studied English, her language skills are well developed. These she can use for Management Skills, English classes and in her work for the progress test quality committee. What Sonja thinks about us is mainly positive, but one thing that Sonja surprised is that our cohort was not so personal as the other cohorts. I felt a lot of distance between students and teachers. To Sonja it was a very nice idea to invite students as well as teachers to the teaser of the Glue event, as she could break the ice with some of us that night. Although Sonja perceived us as quite contained, she also experienced funny moments with us. From all the teachers that we spoke one could say that Sonja is the most open minded and personal tutor. This can be seen in the answers she gave during the interview, not fleeing into professional answers but being straight and open. Asking her how old she is was not a problem at all and she even let us photograph her at home.

distance between students and teachers

I felt a lot of


Jim Slevin, currently Lector in Social Media and Organizations, is one of our lecturers/teachers that is so friendly all the time, bringing positive energy into every class he gives. Maybe that is also a little related to us, as he said in an interview: I really enjoyed working with you guys. Another reason could be that Jim is simply crazy about learning stuff, as he already gathered some degrees in his life I studied many different subjects and I still learn today. My first two degrees were in Human Geography. Following this, I obtained a PhD in media and communication at Kings College, University of Cambridge. Plus the experiences

he gathered with [his] more theoretical work at the University of Amsterdam and the work at the Roskilde University in Denmark. If Jim has been so devoted to enlarge his knowledge one might think it is quite hard to live up to his expectations. So what are his expectations of a perfect student? Most Stenden students are quite ideal already, he says with a smile, I really appreciate students who take an active approach to their studies. Its wonderful to see students role up their sleeves and get stuck into their assignments and tasks. Good thing we did not disappoint Jim there ;-).

Jim Slevin

Fan Ding
How our MEM tutor Fan Ding became a lecturer is really quite the coincidence. Fan studied Hotel Management and even did her Master. Very ambitiously she went to New York for two years and afterwards she came back to the Netherlands. To the question why she became a teacher Fan provides quite the frank answer: Because I needed a job I guess. I never saw me as a teacher, but when I could work as a tutor at Stenden University Thinking back can for MEM, I understood that as a challenge and I went for it. be quite useful Also because I fell in love here and given my poor Dutch skills, I had to get work in English. Now I really enjoy my job also because of you guys. The perfect student by the way does not really exist in Fans opinion. I think everybody who takes the studies seriously, who wants to learn something but also knows how to relax and enjoy (!) life, can be considered the perfect student. One thing that Fan wants to give us on the way is: Would be nice if you open the yearbook in ten years and think, who is that guy or girl again can I contact him/her, can I maybe enlarge my network? What did I learn within my studies, could I use the knowledge in my job? Thinking back can be quite useful. And maybe you can still remember me as one of your teachers; I would like that.


Marina Tjepkema
Marina underwent a development from the focused and very ambitious student of MEM at Stenden University that she was to a woman that asked herself: Is the stressful media world really something where I can see myself working in and being satisfied at the same time? Within her internship at a production company she gathered different, quite the eyes-opening experiences: providing good and reliable work but receiving no acknowledgment, putting energy in dead end projects, not really feeling fulfilled, that is what her internship came down to. She questioned herself and reflected on her strengths. After being honest to herself and admitting that being a teacher would actually combine all her strengths, she gave it a shot and applied at Stenden University. Due to the fact that MEM grew heavily, she got a job offer right away. Nowadays Marina fulfils a lot of functions within MEM. Being a very devoted student once herself, she asks quite a lot from students, too. Students should be motivated, I mean they pay for good education and one would think this makes it a voluntarily task, motivation is what I like to see. Marina really benefits from the fact that she became a teacher quite young, as she can put herself into the shoes of students easily. This way she can contribute with good ideas in her team of teachers, but she also always has an ear for the students themselves.


Bemelmans, Patrick

Boer de, Wyb

Ding, Fan

Edwards, Nancy

Felius van, Raymond

Haan de, Sonja

Haanstra, Martin

Hagenbeek, Pauline

Harmsen, Jort

Hately, Nikki

Hegger, Floris

Jong de, Maaike

Kuperus, Lia

Lamboo, Monique

Meer van der, Jaap

Noort van, Corrie

Olivier, Josine

Oosten van, Sylvia

Postma, Henk

Schuilenburg, Marijke

Schulz, Deike

Slevin, Jim

Smit, Nienke

Timmerman, Harm

Tjepkema, Marina

Valkema, Jetze

Veenstra, Martijn

Wright, Alastair



Sifra Knol
easy. If she could choose between PBL and CBL, she would choose for PBL, because it is more structured than CBL, where all the cases are crossing each other. Sifras ideal tutor is telling the students what is expected Sifra Bramer was struggling from them and is consequent. with the method in her first The best tutor of the Media & module, but at Entertainment the start of her In the beginning I management second module, team is Marina was nervous to be Tjepkema, acshe completely understood the cording to Sifra. the chair person working of the Yes, she is blue-card and the step methstrict but she is also very fair od of PBL. In the beginning to everyone. Sifras most I was nervous to be the chair funny experience with PBL person, but after I saw the was that she was compared mistakes that people made to Jan-Peter Balkenende in an and when I got some expeevaluation. I still do not know rience with it, it was more if that is good or bad. At the time you arrived at school for the first time, you are directly faced with the method of the lessons within Stenden, namely CBL and PBL. A method that is new for a lot of new students.

Ilse Terreehorst
The times of the progress calculations, you cannot have test? They were excellent! everything. But the quesWell, that was a joke. First tions from a module that she we had them on Saturdays really liked, Media & Culture, and later we got them at I cannot work with Thursdays around 6 oclock. numbers and calculaStressed times for Ilse Terreehorst to make a success- tions, you cannot have ful progress-test. The most everything frustrating thing about the test is that some people pass were easier to her. Only if it so easily without learning, you ask Ilse if she prefers the although Ilse thinks they have progress-test or a module looked into their books. Ilse test, she directly chooses learned the summaries that for a module test. I am very she made, together with a motivated and enthusiastic in thirty pages Kotler summary a module, but when you need from her roommate. She also to learn about three years, I looked into a lot of her PBL am not that enthusiastic. In homework. Ilse thinks that the a module test, you will also business economics questions find out who put effort in the module. And also the lectures are the most difficult. I canwould be visited more often. not work with numbers and

Jaap Evers
You could not avoid it: presentations! They had to be done in like every module. For some people a really scary moment, for other people a way to express themselves. Jaap Evers liked to present, but he did not like the preparations. Before a presentation he is not that nervous, but there will always be some excitement. Jaap likes to have a good icebreaker or a good story to be confident with his nerves. The presentation that I liked the most was the James Bond game concept presentations. I do not like the business way of presenting, so that resulted in a lot of laughing in the auditorium. I heard a teacher saying: Jaap can even sell a bucket of shit and still have a good story, nice! But of course it is not always going fluently, Jaap also made some funny mistakes, especially with English presentations. An example of a typical Jaap Dutch/English sentence is: Hello everybody, my Jaap is name and i am hier today to give to you a presentation that goes over a very nice onderwerp. Jaap is also presenting a history show right now, so maybe the new future top presenter is found.

Suzanne Dul
The organization of Stenden. A topic where everyone has a different opinion about. But what is the opinion of Suzanne Dul? Because we were often the first ones who worked with the new system, we also participated in determining the norms for the points. Suzanne also liked the study coaching, because they were always willing to help. Suzanne figured the working of the school system out soon. But a lot of things you will hear later, for example the mini-internship. About the schedules, Suzanne has a clear opinion: They were always too late and there was always something wrong. But we were used to that. According to Suzanne, Strategic Management was the best organized module. It actually sounds all well organized. No bad experiences with the organization? Yes! The module books are always too late in the shop, books that we need to use are not available, books that you need to buy without using them, the progresstest at the worst times, a module book full of mistakes or that you cannot come to the iStudy between 12 and 1. Do I need to go on?


Jeffrey van Raamsdonk

However, Maaike de Jong tried her very best to make everyone an SPSS-expert, it was still the most hardest part of the study for many students. Also for Jeffrey van Raamsdonk, but for him there is maybe another factor that he is not that much of a fan of research: It simply does not catch my interest. If we ask him how his SPSS skills are after three years facing the program, he answers: You want a honest answer? Well, not that good I It simply does not guess. I was always very lucky that I could work with people who catch my interest understood the program. Jeffrey liked the research part of the module Concept & Communication the most because it was connected to the module assignment where you needed to make an experience. The worst part of research for Jeffrey were the difficult terms that you needed to learn. In the future, Jeffery would like to work in the music industry and tries to do something against the illegal downloading issue. Maybe I need to do a lot of research and I regret that I did not put more effort into research, but for now I am happy that I passed the research part of the study.


Albert Bosscha

Alexander Bohlen

Alexandra Dembczyk

Anika Terpstra

Anja van Dingen

Anna Bartkowiak

Anna Vergeer

Anna-Katharina Jung

Annemarie van Helvoort

Annemarie Hoogeveen

Annemieke van Rooijen

Annika Kraft

Bart de Groot

Bettina Wolff

Bianca Berentsen

Biggi Winderling

Carlo Norder

Chantal Koolhoven

Christina Dahmen

Colien Hooijsma

Danielle Schulting

Debbie Boer

Didier Kick

Diny Eeltink

Doortje Hiddema

Erik Grefhorst

Essine Prins

Esther Somnaikubun

Feiko Stobbe

Frans Nieuwenhuijs

Frederike Groot Wassink

Frens van der Sluis

Gertjan Boringa

Hedzer Jousma

Helen Woltering

Helge Schrholz

Hendrik Ruhe

Hidde de Vries

Idsart Otte

Ilse Terreehorst

Iris Huitema

Iris Klein Avink

Isa Hulshof

Jaap Evers

Jacquinot Bilongo

Jan Himmighofen

Janna Blome

Jarno Moes

Jasmin Kobin

Jeanine Mettes

Jeffrey van Raamsdonk

Jelma Groen

Jeroen van der Sluis

Jesper de Bruijn

Joachim de Vries

Jochem Beunk

Jody Reimert

Johannes Petersen

Jolanda Dragt

Jonas Harmsen

Joost van der Meulen

Jos Hommelberg

Joshua Kniesel

Josje Krips

Joyce Hamstra

Judith van den Berg

Judith Schuring

Julia Klein Klouwenberg

Jurre Scheepers

Justin Smith

Kai Peters

Katharina Brgel

Kathrin Brinker

Keimpe Huging

Kristel Frijlink

Laura Drouven

Laura Neubert

Lennart Bijl

Lennart Wyrwa

Leon Wimmenhoeve

Lieke Claassen

Lisa Gabriel

Lisa Smit

Lotte Daalman

Louise van der Meer

Luzia Jonker

Maaike Zeilstra

Maarten van der Kamp

Malte Pietschmann

Marcel van Dijk

Marie Huhndorf

Marijn Meulman

Marit Drijfhout

Marjolein Huisinga

Mark Veen

Marloes Koning

Marlouke van der Vorst

Marnix Dijkstra

Martijn Kuipers

Martijn Lowik

Melina Herdt

Menno Bosma

Mereth Reusken

Merijn Middelweerd

Michel ter Borg

Michiel Elema

Michiel Wichers Hoeth

Moniek Buiter

Myrthe van den Broek

Naomi Veldwijk

Nienke Snijders

Nynke de Vos

Patty Braak

Pia Bettin

Pia Toplak

Rebecca Brands

Rebecca Veldwijk

Rinse Yde van Zuiden

Robin Huisman

Roland van der Horst

Rones Huisman

Rosanna van der Graaf

Rudy van Fessem

Sabrina Krumsiek

Sabrina Seidel

Sander Bisschop

Sander Terpstra

Sandra Borger

Sanne Post

Sanne Pot

Sarah Krger

Sarah Leijendekker

Shalana Kuipers

Sharen Wokke

Shearyta Coordes

Sifra Knol

Simon Hoff

Simon Hulshof

Sindy Leisker

Sophie Outshoorn

Susan Pathuis

Suzanne Dul

Taher Drescher

Tamar Klein

Tamara Bizyuk

Theresa Hubatsch

Thirza Wijnja

Thirza Wortmann

Thomas Endeman

Tim van Beelen

Tom Adolfsen

Tom Nickolson

Wietske Hooghiemster

Wijnand de Vries

Yldou van Dijk

Yoan Iliadis




Two things count: Hockey and, well really its just one. Within the third year the students have the chance to go abroad. There are different destinations to choose from and different motives why students apply for the countries. In the case of Christina Dahmen 24, her motivation is easily described, as she said: I wanted to leave the continent and I wanted to see lots of hockey. Therefore two countries came into consideration; USA and Canada. As the offers for the USA were limited, Christina applied for Canada. She was accepted for a place in the exchange program and the joy she felt was overwhelming. Ever since she was accepted she spread the news. Friends, who received the message immediately asked: Oh nice, you go to London? You might end up with an English accent. But this is not Brittans London we are talking

about, this London is a town with 320 000 inhabitants in Middlesex/Canada. Christina was of course very excited about the journey and as she went in winter she expected the weather to be very, very cold. Surprisingly there was no snow at all when she first arrived. Still, -20 does sound really bad to most of us probably. Christina stated though, that the cold does not do anything to her anymore, only in the beginning. As with other students, Christina will remember this experience her whole life. I will never regret my choice to go there because it is an experience for life. You can learn so much about a different country and culture as well as about yourself because it is a challenge to start something new in another country and as I said before time is running fast and before you can say knife the exchange is over. (Christina Dahmen)

merhaba istanbul!
Describing Istanbul is literally impossible. This city is amazing. It is wonderful, powerful, rich and poor, tiring, exhausting, lively and most of all a crazy city at the same time. There is the indefatigable Ezan who loyally accompanies me and twenty million other people everyday. I finally found a flat in this chaos which took a lot of effort. You need to use your hands and feet to communicate since English is not very common around here. Although I need to heat with a gas bottle and the walls are pretty broken I kind of feel at home. The bazaars generously provide fresh and delicious food for a decent price. Small cafes surrounded

by endless mosques invite for a cup of tea and a round of Backgammon in the sun. Especially on the Galata Bridge you sense the citys vibration and charm when watching the Ferrys travelling between Europe and Asia. Every district is different and special in its own right. You can never grasp the whole. The actual study here is rather acceptable but the experience to get to know this extraordinary city and its inhabitants is just a unique treasure to take home and absolutely worthwhile. Istanbul is simply beyond description.
(Marie Huhndorf)

its time for Africa

In fact, going to Stenden University in South Africa in mid summer (European mid summer) really is like killing two birds with one stone. Leave the summer- join the summer. Furthermore, Studying wildlife at the Madolos Retreat is a very unique experience. You are cut off from the outside world because there is no telephone reception, no Internet and the nearest town is 13 km away. Jeroen van der Sluis told us. The application procedure went smoothly, after filling out a lot of forms it can get a little annoying though. No matter the application procedure, once beginning the trip, you leave everything behind. Only the persons that have been to South Africa can imagine how it is like. Nice whether, nature never seen before (lions and Zebras, how about that?) but also facing quite the isolation. You are cut off from the outside world, spending time with a small group of people. Some issues will occur eventually and there is no escape. This unique situation

really teaches you a lot about yourself. Jeroen said. Summarizing his best memories Jeroen mentions the following: deep sea fishing (catching sharks as well), white shark cage diving, safaris, unforgettable parties, midnight swims at the beach, sand boarding, bungee jumping and meeting a lot of awesome people. This is why study times should always be remembered. (Jeroen van der Sluis)

Feiko does not know for sure where he wants to do his intern yet. He thinks that it might be handy to see how other businesses do it, and maybe I can learn from them before I start my own booking agency. But also an upcoming professional needs to be brought back to earth once in a while. His parents have to stop him sometimes, when he wants too many things at the same time and he is happy to have them so that [he doesnt] get wings. Feiko is one of the students you might wonder about what they will do in the future: where do you think he will be in five years? Maybe even doing business with you?

the pimped life of feiko stobbe

Starting up your own business sounds so grownup, something most of us see happening in the future, when we are graduated and have gathered some experience-maybe. For Feiko Stobbe, 20 running a business on his own has been a reality for a long time already, although he is a student, too. How come, Feiko has his own business already? Feiko has been a DJ for all his life and recently he found out that he could turn this into his profession. He played music here and there, and word spread that he is a great DJ. Now, Feiko has his own business called no silence. His company provides light and sound equipment on locations that do not have their own and he also does the music. Last year he managed to have at least (on average) one job a week. Concerns how to finance his studies are not familiar to him- stress is though. Managing studying at MEM and having to work at the weekends is pretty tough even for Feiko, who is quite the experienced time-manager already. I mainly try to finish my

study tasks within the week so that I can work for my business during the evenings and at weekends. Sounds easy but Feiko too, sometimes gets stressed out: Sometimes at night I think about so many things that I still want to achieve or what I could improve that keep me from falling asleep. All in all he is very satisfied with his work though. So satisfied actually that the next steps are already figured out. Since he does his Minor in Music at Stenden University, he wants to open up his own booking agency. The minor that is taught by Harm Timmerman has been a great inspiration for me. I know I will act in red oceans, but I believe that I can develop an idea, which will knock out my competition., Feiko shares. The passion for music he has on his side. Since he was eight he has been trying himself in being a DJ, while today he builds up professional knowledge in the field of management. Even if the management side of my business will interest me, I will always be a DJ in my heart. Being in the third year of his studies it is important to choose for an internship now. (Feiko Stobbe)

Our youngest student!

Put yourself in the shoes of a fellow student named Pia Louisa Toplak. You are from Germany and you are interested in doing an international study program. You do the first year of your studies very well. In January 2009 at the day of the progress test you find out that you are pregnant. How would you react? I can tell you how Pia reacted as I had an interview with her 1 year and 3 month later. Pia already took her baby to the Netherlands in November 2009, when Safiya was 6 weeks old. Two weeks were left for Pia to adjust to the new situation before she wanted to pick up her studies again. This was not an easy task for her alone, as a lot of things had to be organized. You might wonder as to how on earth she even started managing both study and private life, while all Pia says is: The baby has never been the problem throughout the process, its been administrating everything around it. Probably nobody of us can really understand what it means to suddenly be searching for a nanny or day care, when all we search for

otherwise is content that helps us finishing PBL tasks. All of a sudden Pia saw herself confronted with obstacles that seemed so far away from her not so long ago. What to do, when a nanny cannot be found and day care is way too expensive? Everything turned out very well in Pias case, but at that moment, when you have two weeks to go until studies start again, you will probably get a little nervous. Pia lives in a house with different roommates. The girls where more then willing to help Pia out whenever possible and so it came that they synchronized the tasks related to the baby with their schedules. This worked out so well, that Pia only had to take her baby with her to class a few times. What a well-functioning management. Having a baby can already be very challenging even to people that planned it all out, who have a house and a job and both parents to take care of the child. Even more surprising that Pia manages both studies and taking care of her child. So well actually, that even adventures are not neglected. (Pia Toplak)

media productions
It all started on a Monday evening, when we got re-divided, while all of us already served different functions within Media Productions. Chaos ruled our thoughts for about four days- what else is new-, as we had to work for two different projects that sounded almost the same for us in the beginning. When I say we, I mean Sander Reezigt, Frens van der Sluis, Alexander Bohlen, Laura Drouven and me, Sabrina Seidel all third year students. The yearbook and the @ MEM would be our responsibility for the next 8 weeks. We wanted to give our fellow student a really nice book to remember the study times by. Starting off the project tended to be a little complicated as it is always difficult being faced with questions like: how do we start, what do we do first, what is the scope of the whole project and so forth. Especially the phase of creating a good concept was a challenge. By now we all had to create concepts at least a few times, but I think I can talk for a lot of students: it is not the nicest job to do. Being a little bit intimidated by the feedback we were about to receive, we presented our first concept. To all our surprise, it got accepted almost right away.

After we got the go for our concept, we knew more clearly what we had to do. Dividing the groups potential was one of the next steps that led us to productivity. Although teachers always say: Do not divide the tasks according to your own strengths because you are here to learn something new. Of course, like we always do because students tend to choose the hard way Of course we did not. We ended up sticking to our strengths and so Alex and Laura became our designers, Frens our photographer and Sander and I handled the writing. We worked very hard because we are convinced about the added value of having a yearbook about our study time. Remembering all the fun stuff, the problems or irritations, the fellow students, or even checking out the photo list and thinking: Who the heck is this fella? Did he really study with me? Emotions that we want to evoke with the book. We hope that you enjoy having the yearbook and we thank everybody who helped us gathering so many interesting stories and pictures! Yours SALFA.

tv visits
In the module Organisatie en personeel 1 there was, beside all the theory stuff about management, some space for visiting a TV show! Sanne Pot experienced a funny recording, which was actually not a real recording. She visited the TV show Take me out, together with Jelma Groen. At first, we liked to go to De wereld draait door, but it took too long to arrange it and everyone was going there so we decided to go to Take me out. The recording was special, because it was not recorded. It was a sort of test of the concept before the program was even aired on television. Sanne and Jelma were one of the ladies behind the desks. People who were working at the Blue Circle (the production company) were the man that came out the elevator, so it was all unreal. The TV-visit gave also more depth because the two

girls got to see a movie of the show and got more information about the program for the school assignment. After this visit, the TV show was airing on television and Sanne enjoyed the first season, but it bored her also a bit because the people that are showed in the program are nearly the same. I have actually never seen a real hunk there! Besides her visit to Take me out, Sanne also visited a recording of Mooi! Weer de Leeuw!. She learned from these visits that the TV world is nice, but it is hard work. I think there could be more practical stuff in the first two years, because beside that it is nice, you learn a lot! Sanne likes the TV world, but she prefers to work in the event management or the theater production sector. Maybe a visit to a theater production is also nice?
(Sanne Pot)

How wonderful is it to fall in love during your study time, spending on of the most exiting time of your life with someone you happen to love. This is exactly what happened to Jelma (last name) and Hans (last name) at Stenden University in 2009. We had a nice chat with both of them and ask them the same questions. The answers sometimes differ in a funny way though, which once again makes it obvious that man and woman do tick differently form time to time. Have a look

JELMA: We are in a relationship since 1 October 2009, you do the maths HANS: Round about one and a half years DID YOU EVER CONSIDER IT AS ANNOYING TO BE A SCHOOL-COUPLE?


JELMA: Not that I remember HANS: Yes, for a while we had classes together. And we both did not really enjoy that. WHERE YOU TWO INTRODUCED TO YOUR FAMILIES ALREADY?

JELMA: We met each other in the home of Jos and Annemarie. But Hans checked me out earlier I would say ;-). Back then I was the girl with the braces. HANS: In the beginning of the second school year. JELMA: We saw each other again at school and I said something that I will never forget And the rest is history. HANS: Good :p HOW DID FELLOW STUDENTS REACT TO YOU BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP? HOW DID THIS STORY EVOLVE?


JELMA: Of course! HANS: Yes

JELMA: Everything is! HANS: I really dont know


JELMA: Thats what you would like to know, hum? That is our secret ;-) HANS: Haha, we do not have that. We are in a relationship; there is no formula for that. Seriously a love test is a tricky thing to do. Basic questions are alright. She is very convinced about the answers from him to comeMight even put her hand in fire; that is how sure she isBut then, we ask for the details


JELMA: Enthusiastic, people showed it in different nice comments. HANS: People asked me: how did you manage to get such a beauty?

Blue Polka I am sweet To sweet Paste mustache on my belly White Summer Coffee Dog Festival Beer Happiness Sex Linda de Mol Elderly Film Donald Duck Favourite colour Favourite music Best characteristic Most annoying characteristic Most beautiful Black or White Winter or Summer Coffee or tea Cat or Dog Musical or festival Beer or wine Money or Happiness Sex or a good conversation Linda de Mol or Wendy van Dijk Kids or elderly Show or film Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck Blue Polkas ... haha Humor, sweet, caring He can make a big mess of everything Eyes Both, is that ok? Summer Now and then coffee Dog Festival Beer Happiness First sex, than a good conversation Linda Neither! :-) Movies always do well! Mickey Mouse

64% score at the love test! That is enough to have a good relationship because there are still 36% to discover!

Pink Rock/Religious music Well organized Cannot handle money Left big toe? ESTHER: White Summer Coffee Dog Festival Beer Happiness Good conversation, I hope Linda Elderly Series Mickey Favourite colour Favourite music Best characteristic Most annoying characteristic Most beautiful Black or White Winter or Summer Coffee or tea Cat or Dog Musical or festival Beer or wine Money or Happiness Sex or a good conversation Linda de Mol or Wendy van Dijk Kids or elderly Show or film Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck Pink Rock + Religious music Taking care Whining Eh little toe? JESPER: Black Summer Coffee Dog Festival Beer Happiness Good conversation? Linda Children Series Mickey

Only 4 questions wrong gave them a love score of 77 %! So, do we get an invitation for your wedding?

The Media & Entertainment management group system is always the same. Basically every module, you will have other classmates. Because of this, you will meet a lot of new people. So it is not that hard to understand that some meetings will lead to a happy love story. Jesper de Bruijn en Esther Somnaikubun met each other in the beginning of their study time and are after 3 years, still a couple. We met each other in the learning company during the AV part in the first module. But it was not love at first side, because Esther did not liked Jesper in the study start week. He was always making bad jokes and talking a lot. And also Jesper did not like Esther: She was pretending to be better than everybody. Better than the little kids who are drinking beer in the caf. Strange enough, when they saw each other at school every day, they started to like each other. They started to make homework together, they were together in the train and they met each other for a drink. When Jesper visited Esther in Zwolle once in the winter season, something became clear. In romantic snowy

whether it was finally official: they were in a relationship. But seeing each other the whole day, at school and at home, lead to problems sometimes: Our struggles are most of the times about school, if we have different opinions. So, out of the blue, two classmates of the students in that group were in a relationship. But they suspected it already and predicted a relationship. Only Esther and Jesper denied it. But the couple is very happy that they can see each other seven days a week if they want to, because they are at the same school, do the same projects and live together. Esther likes it the most that Jesper is social and Jesper likes it the most that Esther is very well integrated in his family. Well, this almost sounds like the most perfect couple on earth, but what do they really know about each other? How high is their score at the lovetest? We asked Jesper what Esther should answer to the questions and we asked Esther what Jesper would choose from the options. See the results here!

360 minutes
Studying also comes with a huge amount of partying. Luckely I had the possibillity to create my own event in Leeuwarden. The 360 Minutes party with Rock, Indie and Alternative Music. Usually I played drums in several bands, which stopped with moving to the Netherlands. Hence, I needed something new to fill my free time. Finally, I was tired of no rock-music parties in Leeuwarden at the end of 2009. So I talked to Frieder, who aleady organized student parties. I had a lot of luck that I found Frieder and the Club Hemingway. The first Rock-Music party took place in the beginning of 2010. In the course of time we did it again and again. So that in the end, every single month people could enjoy 360 Minutes full of hot rock and indie tunes. We started out with 50 attending people and arrived with approx. 300-400 people on each event. Organizing events/parties is a lot more than playing some nice music for friends. Its about money, timing, the technical djing skills and far more. I learned a lot during this time. In the beginning everything was a bit unorganized and chaotic, but became more professional over the time. (Alex

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Say, your assignment is to organize a party that has to meet the following goals: Get profits of 600 Euro, have 150 people at the party. Well, if this is your assignment you better kick off working right away. In case you do not see the point in starting early, Marnix Dijkstra can tell you how stressful it gets if you do not. He and his team planned and organized the teaser party of the Glue event within Media Productions in the third year. This is different, Marnix thought, For once I will be the host of the party, meaning I cannot party myself of course this was not the most important thought he had, as Marnix really liked organizing a nice event. It is a lot of work though and Marnix said: It was really hard in the beginning as it raised questions like what is required to organize a party and what do we need to do exactly. After a while the group got used to the tasks needed to be done and they managed to organize a successful event. The group did promotion, sold around 150 tickets beforehand and managed to get around 330 people to the party. As you can see, they met their first objective. But not enough: By including clever sales strategies they managed to start the party relatively early, meaning they could generate more profits. The strategy was to

have happy hour from 10-12h. This way a lot of people showed up early. The happy hour contributed to the fact that the group by far also achieved their second objective: getting profits over 600 Euro, as they achieved a profit of 680 Euro. The party was a real success not only because the objectives were achieved but also because everybody had a real good time. Teachers celebrated in unison with students, there were almost no alcohol-accidents and the party lasted until 3 oclock at night. Sounds like an overall success that will not be forgotten. (Marnix Dijkstra)

Leeuwarden is infected!
Since 2009 Leeuwarden is infected infected with techno music! The virus hit Leeuwarden rapidly from private house parties at my place with my roommate and partner Dennis Jahns functioning as our own personal DJ, to the sold out monthly events on two floors at the Gloppe! Over the past year it has been exciting not only to organize and finally participate at the events for me, but also to feel the new community that built up. I would never have guessed that there would be so many people actively taking interest in creating a nice party-experience. If it is pre-parties at some student houses, offered help with organizing, flyering etc . or the very energetic exchange of music and artists opinions online and in real life.

This community includes Dutch and German people, students, non-students, exchange students from Spain, Bulgaria, England, China, South Africaand many more. Every party got more successful than the previous one due to the people who attended and the feedback we got. We are proud that the DJs we invited from the Netherlands and Germany, beginners and professionals perceived Leeuwarden as an international student city with an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd! It has been a great time so far and I thank everybody who has helped us creating this new technological movement! So dont forget the times of infected dancing! (Bettina Wolff)

I remember my first school day...

... as if it was yesterday. Something went wrong with my application and they did not send me a boarding ticket. So on Monday my mother asked me when I was going to start my study. I thought that it was a good time than to call the school, because I did not heard anything from them. They told me that my study start week would begin within 1,5 hours. So I quickly travelled from Winschoten to Leeuwarden. Gertjan Boringa nearly missed his study start week, but he was able to make it in time. His own study start week was not that interesting, because there only was a program for the morning and afternoon, which consisted out of PBL and lectures. Because of this, many people were going home and there was no group activity in the evening. On the bright side he met his ex-girlfriend within this week and they had a relation for 1,5 years. And together with her he decided to become a tutor in the following study

start week. This week was completely different from ours. So we partied a lot with the new first years to celebrate the new school season. Our group also won the SSW. The fifty won NOA coins were spent within two minutes. One year later he was also part of the team that made the study start week television. Gertjan likes to make television programs (he is also doing this for local and hospital broadcasting), but he also liked to do this because he could reach his own target group than. He was lucky to find a group of motivated people to make a big production. Sometimes it was a bit chaotic, but that creates creativity. We nearly spent our whole summer holiday to prepare for this week. It was just a great experience. And maybe good for the future, because I like to work in the audiovisual sector, so maybe I am going to be an executive producer? (Gertjan Boringa)

Everything needs a point to start

The study start week is the first impression of the student life and since a few years the study start week is also captured by cameras. Martijn Lowiks own study start week was not that exciting, he hardly remembers anything about it. The only thing that Martijn remembers is that there was not anything done with media, so no television. And I really missed a bonte avond in our study start week! So when he found a vacancy to become a member of the study start week television team, he wrote three a4 papers text with his motivation to Marina and he became part of the team with three other students. According to Martijn, the first television year was different from the second. We were free to do what we wanted, which was nice but that created some problems because everything needed to be figured out. Sometimes I

called it the struggle start week. This first television version leaded to a more structured and bigger set-up second version. The number of students who worked for the study start week rose to nine. Martijn really liked to work with these motivated people and that is also the reason why he will also participate in the 2011 edition. In 2010, they made a whole show around my birthday, so that was a fun moment. But the funniest moment was in 2009 when my microphone was still on, while we were already finished with broadcasting. I was complaining about the silly white chairs and that I got pain in my back from it. And so many people were laughing in the corridor. I felt a bit ashamed! Television is Martijns passion and the answer must be clear to the question what he likes to do in the future: Something with television.. duhh! (Martijn

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Hello World!
This book marks the boundary between your time as a student and your life as a professional media manager. As staff of Media & Entertainment Management we have seen you entering the program as freshmen and we see you now leaving as graduates. The journey between these stages has been a challenging and rewarding event. We have witnessed your efforts during the modules and tried to motivate and stimulate you. The result is reflected in this book. A professional product made by professionals. Youve made us proud and will do so again. On behalf of the MEM staff Patrick Bemelmans, Dean