Tristan Calon

‘I would have to make part of the journey to campus by boat’

Thousands of new EUR students arrive full of dreams, ambitions and inspiring plans for…

Why did you choose this programme?

“I studied Psychology and conducted research in social psychology for two-and-a-half years in Brazil. I believe that psychology is an essential tool in this fast-paced world. The daily hustle and bustle and busy lives make people hide or ignore their emotions. Psychology helps us to better understand people and relationships and above all, it gives people more insight into themselves.”

Why did you choose EUR?

When I met my Dutch boyfriend in Brazil, I started looking for a study programme in the Netherlands. I didn’t just fall in love with him, I fell in love with Dutch education system too. Students here have to be active and independent and I think that’s great. My previous university was much more traditional and EUR sounded like a challenge. It’s a well-known university and it’s located in a multicultural city like Rotterdam. In short, I’m pretty sure it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Will you be living in Rotterdam?

“Yes, and not just because my boyfriend comes from Rotterdam. It’s also a city where I could see myself living. It has a great vibe, a beautiful skyline, high-rise buildings and an interesting background history. I think the people who live in Rotterdam are fantastic: they’re funny and open minded. And you can find so many different kinds of restaurants from so many different countries here.

I’m looking forward to the winter season with all the lights and the magical ambiance I’m expecting to see. In the summer you also have the Summer Carnival where all different cultures come together. And I’m hoping for summer days in Hoek van Holland because, of course, I already found out where the beach is.”

What are your expectations for your first year at EUR?

“I’m expecting mixed emotions. On the one hand the dream has come true, but on the other hand, I’m far away from my family. It’s a new country, a new university, new culture, new friends, new living arrangements. There are a lot of changes but I think I can handle it.”

What are your good – or maybe not so good – resolutions for the first year of your studies?

“Getting good grades. But I feel it’s even more important to learn and have new experiences. Studying at a Dutch university is hard work so I suspect I’ll be spending a lot of time on my studies. I’ll have to schedule things so that I don’t end up staying inside all the time. That doesn’t sound like the healthiest way to spend your time as a student. I also want to take a martial arts course, take dance lessons, and learn Dutch. I can already speak it a little bit, but I really want to improve it with a ‘language buddy’. I hope I’ll succeed in making a few good friends. And I’d also like to add that I’m very interested in Rotterdam’s nightlife and party scene.”