December 30, 2011

Buy cool LED t-shirt for New Years Eve!

Special for New Year's Eve.... LEDshout t-shirts with 2012 on it.

The LED panel reacts to sound, the more noise the brighter the light is.

Now here's my question to you, do you want to shout for a shirt?

LEDshout can offer you shirts in the sizes Small, Medium and Large for male and 


Contact LEDshout (via FAcebook) now - cause - you snooze, you lose!

Naturally, this is one of my YEN companies - and yes, I'm buying 2 shirts as well!

So, go on!

Don't you want to stand out on New Year's Eve?

December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays

The holidays have only just started and already exams and school seem miles away. The thought of resits in January are being filed to the outer recesses of my brain for the time being.
One thing was rather typical, and seems to be a recurring feature of exam time ending: the flu. It always seems to sneak its way in just when you least want it. Fighting off various colds during the exams is one thing, but once you fully relax and let your guard down the germs seem to really grab their chance!
Naturally, this flu will hang around just long enough to see me through the holidays... My family are rather pleased as well as I arrived home for a few days and by the time I went back to Amsterdam everyone had been infected with my flu bug ;) Now they'd rather have me stay far away until all the germs have been warded off!
Being ill has various funny sides, as nobody recognizes me on the phone anymore (I now sound like a person who smokes at least 50 cigarettes a day...) and I have practised shouting, which results in absolutely no sound at all!
As I always have a lot of sympathy for myself when I am feeling poorly, I sat around with my laptop all day yesterdat and happened to notice that the H&M website had uploaded the new spring collection. I happen to be rather susceptible to pretty things that can be bought online and have now (accidentally) purchased 5 new bikini's, of which I have succesfully convinced myself that they will be a great addition to my wardrobe. Now all I need to do is book a holiday somewhere so I can put them to good use, because we all know that waiting for the summer here in Holland is probably going to be rather disappointing.
I would say that the message here is to keep a tight hold on your wallet when you're a little feverish (or actually delusional). You never know what useless things you end up with otherwise!

December 26, 2011

Happy Christmas and a Merry New-Year!

The T2 exam period has finally passed and now a well-deserved holiday awaits us. I do not even dare to imagine what grand array of possible activities I could do the upcoming days.. Nah let’s just do it anyway.

First, I'll have to work my ass off at my job, because people tend to postpone the Christmas shopping till the very last day.. Its always last minute shopping and they get mad at me for not having what they seek.. Really its hopeless.. sigh..

Second, celebrate new year’s eve! This is the only legitimate reason for every man, woman and no kid to be drunk! hick#% For those who wonder were Santa goes after Christmas, he’s actually celebrating new year’s eve with us! How do you think he gets his beer belly every year?

Last but not least my happy thoughts go to school again.. Resits are the first to welcome you in the 2012. May it be a warm welcome and hopefully the results won't leave you in the cold.

Before even thinking about school let's enjoy the last couple of days left of this year!

For students, please come back intact or at least have enough fingers left to do the resits and for teachers save an adaquate amount of braincells to correct our resits :P

Merry New-Year and Happy Christmas!!

December 21, 2011

The end is near

I feel so uninspired today. I cannot think anymore, due to all the studying. Im so tired of everything. I need a break, a christmas break! And the end of the exam period is sooo near...

Finally, tomorrow is the last exam of this exam period. The last exam of this semester, and hopefully the last exam before I go on exchange. I have already a few results back, which were positive. My last exam tomorrow is Spanish 5. My favorite course, the course I cannot fail because I feel so connected to the country, the language. But today, I just have no energy left to keep myself motivated. I just cannot start, while my book is laying just in front of me, I still havent opened it yet.

I wanted to start learning early today, but I have done exactly nothing. (Yes, I hear you thinking, the night before?, yes the night before, because the week before the exams we had to hand in three reports and make two decentral exams, and this week I had to learn for other courses)
Before studying, I want to have my room clean, have dinner with my friends and watch my favorite soap. Why do I keep believing myself when I convince myself that I need these things before I start studying? It is taking me hours before I even start..

Now I ended up with just not knowing where to start. And since I do not know where to start, I decided to write this weekly blog. I have to publish one each wednesday, so this has to be done first. Sorry about being so uninspiring, I just cannot come up with interesting topics. But I do want to know if there are students with the same problems Im facing today.

How do you deal with your last exam? Because I know it is my last one and that must already be very motivating, but it isnt at the moment.

How do you keep yourself motivated until the very end of your exam period?

December 19, 2011

2012 won't be our end right?

In the last couple of weeks I have heard and read some quite disturbing news. As I roamed the internet trying to find additional info, I came across quite interesting facts about the college many of us are attending.

The first that sparked my interest is that the HVA, after research has been conducted about the quality of the organization and its teaching method, is proclaimed to be the second worst college in the Netherlands after In-Holland. I have also noticed that the entire organisation is actually quite a mess. There has been a total overhaul at the HVA, many lecturers are fired and people with certain functions are being replaced by others etc, etc etc.

The second is that I have read an article regarding the two following studies; Trade Management Asia and International Management. In this article it is mentioned that these two studies were to be of poor quality. They said that if actions were not to taken soon the two courses will be dissolved.

For me and many others this is a very bad sign. I follow the TMA course myself and hearing all this has made me quite skeptical about the future of my studies. What will happen to the students who are currently taking this course? Will fourth year student still be able to get their bachelor degree or will all their efforts in the past four years be for naught?!

I sincerely hope that the outcome will be positive and that we and future students may enjoy this course for many more years to come.

May they make the right decision and remember the following well:

Wisdom is useful in the future.
Knowledge is useful now.

December 18, 2011

Que hora es?

At the moment I'm trying to study for a Spanish exam and also an oral, and I've enlisted the help of Youtube. Now I've stumbled upon something called 'Que hora es?', which is hilarious. Unfortunately, there are only two episodes! This really is a shame as it's funny and it very easy Spanish, my ideal combination.
I've always had a bit of difficulty with Spanish, but one teacher recommended watching soaps, as the spanish soaps are very easy to follow due to their lack of actual substance. And that is how I found myself watching 'Que hora es?'
However, I will not let myself be defeated and am now on a quest to find another mindless Spanish soap on Youtube, if anybody already knows one: fill me in!
Further tips for learning Spanish without staring at your book all day: grab a dvd (movie or serie) that you've seen quite often already and set the language to Spanish and keep the English subtitles, or vice versa. Or if you're very daring, put both in Spanish ;)
I have another 17 hours and then it will be time for some superb Spanish to come from my brain to my test paper, so here's to hoping that in the next few hours something useful stays lodged up there!

December 14, 2011

Open book exams..

Tomorrow is the exam of Import&Procurement, and Im very very very well prepared! Thanks a lot to my teacher! The story about how I got so well prepared for the exam is an amusing story....

A few weeks ago, my teacher told me that we are allowed to take everything (I mean everything!!) books, notes, reference work and so on, to the exam. I can take everything that helps me to get to the answer of the questions. He said: 'take eveything, except for your mother in law'. ( Im not so sure why my teacher mentioned her, probably he has not a good relationship with her, or was it just a lame teacher's joke?)

Anyway, I asked him about the catch, and he assured me that there will be no catch. 'Go ahead, take everything with you!'.

So I started to make a nice and clear summary for myself. And thought of more sources that would help me. So I copied his powerpoint slides, and searched for all the answers on the mock exams he gave us, added some information from internet sources to my work.

So, you can probably already guess what happened, I was so busy with collecting everything, that at the end of the day I ended up with a bulging masterpiece of thirty pages. And well, this was not clear at all. Too much information... Perhaps different colored post it's would give more overview?

Finally, at eleven o clock in the evening, the night before the exam, I got it.... I do not need my masterpiece, I can just keep it as another piece of art for my gallery.....

Because I have made it, I know all the concepts, models, theories by heart. And ofcourse Im not stupid, I know when using the book at the exam, without learning will result in an incomplete answersheet. But to be honest with you, I was really thinking that I was a genius by jusk making another book.

I think it is hilarious that I did not find it very clever of my teacher to give us mock exams and let us take our notes as well. But in fact, he is clever! And as a result, the exam is going to be a piece of cake for me now......

December 13, 2011


Exams have only just started and already my brain is turning to mush... Maybe it's the harsh lighting, maybe the endless staring at a computer screen/ book/ handout/ mock exam. Sometimes the grey mass that is supposed to be working up there just will get in to gear.
I'm sitting here hoping for some sudden blast of understanding but not getting anyting as such.
Fortunately I have noticed, over the years, that the act of writing down information over and over again does make some of it stick! However, come tomorrow morning my hand will be so sore that writing will seem like an impossible task. Also, I now have 1 pen left in the house and I bet it be empty by tomorrow. Just my luck ;)

I once saw an episode of Dexter's Lab where Dexter fell asleep with a Learning French tape on and when he woke up he knew perfect French. Unfortunately, the tape had gotten stuck so all he could say was 'cheese omelette' which is a little unfortunate. Anyway, I would still go for that method if it worked, letting the information enter my brain whilst catching up on some much-needed sleep.

For now I'm sticking with the writing things down option, as a written summary works better than me than a typed one. I would definitely recommend this to others! And if you have any tips for me? Let me know!

December 11, 2011

Thou shall not fear the exams!

May this story inspire those who have exams next week!

Once upon a time an innocent student was given the task to study for exams. Being fairly new in this world and not knowing what to do he became nervous.. But an idea struck him like a lightning bolt. Fully charged by the blast that struck his mind, he started his epic journey towards the completions of the assignment.

Many days passed and many hardships were felt on the harsh roads in the dangerous lands called the library. The days were cold, the mountains steep and the ravines deep but he has gotten through all these hindrances without much trouble.

Countless times was he tempted by Facebook to forever dwell in the dark caverns of posts, likes and other horrors. Seductive mp3's whispering in his ears to stray from the righteous path. When practicing assignments he got attacked by spellings mistakes and he got chased after by a monster called grammar mistakes. Faith and hard work have kept him alive in the dangerous mountains of books and ravines of many pages deep.

But when he was about to give up he saw a beacon of hope, the legendary last page of the tomes of homework . With renewed determination he rose from the depths of his sorrows and shone high in the sky and successfully completed his task.

Only ancient old stories mentioned these divine tasks and till now only one student survived to tell the tale.

It is you!

December 8, 2011

Adios Amigos

Yesterday I was so busy with my strategic marketing plan that I totally forgot to upload a new blog. Today in class was probably the last day with most of my classmates, many of us are going on exchange and others will stay here to finish second years courses. As I already told you, I will be going on exchange to Peru, altough it is not completely sure whether I will go or not ( I still have to pass two second year exams)

For the past 2,5 year, I have spend more time with them each week than I spend time with my boyfriend, my friends or family.

Despite of the fact that they were only my classmates, and that we had fun in between our lessons, and that most of the time working in the project groups was very stressful, Im exited to go on exchange. I almost have obtained all the ECTS from the first three years, but now I realize that we will no longer be together as a team, and that I am going to miss them very much.

December 5, 2011

The end is near

You can tell when the end of a semester is in sight, somehow there are a whole lot of things to do and very little time. A recuring symptom throughout my past few years here.
The best thing is when teachers say that they would like you to hand in everything the week before the exams, just to relieve us of a little stress so that we're not freaking out when the exams come. What does this mean? Up until the weekend before the exams we are working flat out to get everything finished, presented, handed in and wrapped up, thus leaving zero time to actually study for the 8 or so exams that we have coming up.
What I would really appreciate is a free week before the exam period, as studying for several different subjects is rather difficult to do. Especially when we have classes during the day, it just leaves so little time to actually get into the subjects that you're trying to study for. It becomes 'cramming'. Useless short-time memorization of snippets of information, which are forgotten immediately after an exam and are therefore of no use later. Bit of a bummer...
Just for fun, you should take a little look in my agenda, which is so full that I have resorted to using coloured post its in there! I've already had a few people laughing at the state of affairs in there ;)

December 4, 2011

The New Guy

Hi! I'm Jesse, 20 years of age and I'm a brand new blogger!

I am here to keep my fellow students motivated and to put a smile on their face when reading my blog every sunday!!

Not that there is much motivation to be given om sunday though.. You guys are probably either working, studying or doing nothing, so NOT behind a computer screen to read it... And for a laugh you can just turn on the tube and watch comedy central or hang out with friends..

What am I Actually doing here?!