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“I think I am going to have to learn to cycle again”

“I think I am going to have to learn to cycle again”

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Archive Callie Mak

First-year student

Callie Mak (18) from Singapore moved from Singapore to Spain with her parents so that she could do her A levels. This academic year she will start at the Maastricht Science Programme. “I wanted to move to a new place and do a study programme that offers a lot of freedom to choose your own set of subjects.” In addition to Maastricht, she also looked at study programmes in Amsterdam, Germany and Great Britain, but “Maastricht came out on top”. Maybe her choice was also because of her Dutch stepfather, he did his PhD at the School of Business and Economics.

She has been in her room in the Guesthouse in Maastricht since last Friday, but she will not be participating in the Inkom “because of COVID-19”. “I don’t want to catch it and I didn’t know for sure if I would already be here.” She accepted her room on the off-chance. “I had only seen photographs of it.” She took the chance because the Guesthouse is affiliated to the university. “That felt safe.” It was worth the risk, because the room was “better than imagined”.

Even though she is not participating in the Inkom, Callie is using this week to get to know more about the study and student associations. Whether she wants the latter, she hasn’t decided yet. “Maybe in second year, but I don’t think so.” Something that is certain, is that she will be taking a look at the climbing hall. She also wants to buy a bicycle. “I haven’t had a bicycle in years. I think I am going to have to learn to cycle again.”

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