Sure, journalism still has her interest, but German Marijke Eissing (19) chose European Studies instead. The reason? Her gap year in which she worked as a volunteer in Dublin with homeless people. When she came across the European Commission’s project European Voluntary Service, she decided to leave her family for twelve months to dedicate her life to young homeless people who most of the time simply can’t afford a house because of the high rents in Ireland, and “not because they are addicted to drugs or alcohol”.
This experience stirred her social engagement even more. “There are so many gaps, struggles and differences in healthcare systems and social welfare in Europe.” So she went for European Studies – “and in the future I could may be write about it” – in Maastricht. “I love being abroad.” In Germany we also have European Studies programmes, about cultural heritage and languages. In Maastricht it’s more political, historical, economic and social. That’s what I like. Besides, the programme has a good reputation. It was ranked on the first place in her category of the Dutch University Guide.”
About the Inkom, it’s her second day. Does she like it so far? “Not really”, she says. Our Tragos-mentors brought us to the park and left. Yesterday already, after we met. There would be a Dinner with the mentors, according to the booklet, but they said 'Go to the Burger King'. We didn’t even had a clue where the Burger King is located. We have a What’s app group, so we’ll see what brings today.” Eissing admits she isn’t a party animal and thought the Inkom was also a week of information sessions and sports activities, but when it comes to the first: it’s better to subscribe for the faculty introduction next week, she concludes. “I have so many questions, about contact hours for example, but I don’t know where to go.”
No party animal, so almost certainly no MECC parties or cantus? “Cantus?” A traditional coming together of students during which songs will be sang and lots of beer will be drunk (and thrown with), the journalist of Observant explains. She laughs: “Not for me, happy you told me.”