Alison in Wonderland
If I could give new students in Maastricht one suggestion, it would be to join a group. It doesn’t matter what group: capoeira, chess, debating ... The point is that this is where you’ll make friends with likeminded people, and it’s what will save your social life (and sanity) if you discover you don’t like your classmates. Of course, if your passions are a bit off-beat – black-and-white jigsaw puzzles, anyone? – you might have to start your own group. For me, it was when I joined the work experience team at a publishing company that I discovered there were other people out there who love punctuation (full stops, commas, and oh, the semicolon!) as much as I do.