Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sorry for not Party Rocking.

Of course I am here to promote student life, but I have been rather busy the last few weeks. Unfortunately not with party rocking, but with coursework & I have been a fanatic DIY-er for the last few weeks. I don’t want to say that I am good at painting the house, but let’s say that everything I do will make my house look better. I have painted it entirely white, but unfortunately some of the paint ended up sitting on my arm. I now look like a walking snowman in spring, but I think that it’s all worth it!  (I kinda looked like the picture attached)

My course is nearly finished and to be fair, I could not be happier. I love studying at the University of Greenwich, but I love it even more when I receive a certificate saying that I have studied & graduated at the University of Greenwich. I will be sad to leave the university, but who knows, maybe I can stay as a staff member and then we don’t have to miss each other! Of course I will miss my classmates as well, because they are part of my life. But on the other hand, the dentist is part of my life too and it does not mean that I like him. (Joking!!! I love most of my classmates and we will certainly stay in touch!)

Are you looking forward to the Olympics by the way? I am! Not only because the Olympic torch is passing by my house, but also because it is a perfect opportunity to meet lots of people from all over the world. It is very likely that some Dutch sports(wo)men will take home a few medals... but the question is.... do I support England or The Netherlands? It will be hard to celebrate when a Dutch person wins from an Englishman while being surrounded by English people.

Anyway, I need to work very hard during the next 12 days and then I will be going to the Netherlands to go camping with one of my best friends. We are going to camp in the forest and to be fair I am kinda scared. Please don’t tell her this... because she thinks I am looking forward to our two days of camping... HELP!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Getting mature... or boring

I am still teaching at Greenwich Community College and it is going rather well. I have been taking over classes and without a lot of arguments the students seem to accept me as their teacher. It is really interesting to teach people from different levels and I am learning something new every day. But too be fair, some days I rather lay in bed doing utterly nothing.

My last day within in the college will be 24th April 2012, because I am planning to go to the Netherlands a few days later. Even though it is very sad that I will be leaving, I will have more time available to do my coursework; hang out like a student; and answer all your questions about uni life. Oh and I am not going to Holland forever, but just see my friends and to go to birthdays, parties and to escape uni life for a little while. It is hard for me to remember how my mum’s food tastes; hence I need to go back very quickly.

Oh and I am going to Derby very soon! I am going to be talking to prospective students about the University of Greenwich and student life. It will be an amazing event, because it is always fun meeting other students and universities... don’t forget the goodies you get at the events!!

Talking about goodies, I have send a complaint letter to Sunmagic (a company which produces amazingly tastefully drinks) because I cut myself on one of their bottles. I got a reply straight away and they even sent me a box full of Sunmagic samples, so I thought that this was worth mentioning as well.

Oh and you are probably wondering why I am not writing about student parties anymore. Well, I believe I am getting more mature now I am doing my PGCE... I call it mature, but others might call it BORING!!! To prove them wrong, I have attached my latest party picture J

I nearly forgot to tell you about my kitchen disaster. Apparently I am a superhuman, because I only looked at my extraction fan and this is what happened:

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Happy Valentine's to my beloved readers.

Hello everyone! I am so sorry that I did not blog sooner, but I have been so busy lately! ‘Really? Did you not start uni in February?’ I hear you ask.  Yes I did, but at the same time I am trying to help you with all your application enquiries; I am also trying to enter the dating scene as well as making a to-do list for my holidays. Luckily I had some time to relax as well, because it was Valentine’s Day.
Did you get anything from your secret lover? This year, I was waiting for my potential gift and like any other years, I didn’t get a thing. You probably wonder why I would admit this in my blog... well; it is never too late to send me a card is it?! Oh and what does this have to do with uni. To be fair, not very much, besides,... hmmm however, hmmm... there is a lot of love on campus. We even received flowers from an old colleague!
Well anyway, I need to go now (AGAIN?!) Yeah sorry, I need to teach tonight at Greenwich Community College and I am already running late. I am going to teach an entry class, so we are probably going to discuss kilograms and money. A strange combination? Not if you consider how many kilograms of useless stuff you can buy with a lot of money.... clever?
BTW I started fitnessing* again... well again? Let’s rephrase that. I started fitnessing. The single worst thing I have done in my entire life. I was so tired and nearly fell over. Luckily my friend rescued me by offering me a Kellogg’s bar, so now I think I should call her Mrs. Kellogg.... anyway need to rush... see you soon!!!
Oh and btw, do you remember that I used to have a beard? Well, one of my ‘friends’ said that she didn’t like it.. so I decided to shave my beard... just for Valentine’s.

* I know it's not a real word, but I like it.

Monday, 23 January 2012

I am happy with very little

First of all I would like you to introduce you to my new TV. Even though analogue TV won’t stay around for a long time, I am very happy with my new LD (low definition) TV. It is only a pity that when I move, the picture sometimes disappears. Luckily, I am a very quiet person who sits still the entire day (not), but it is still a great TV to have! Sometimes I just listen to the audio and create my own pictures in my mind, because it only shows snow.

Oh and do you remember the picture of my suitcase with a gigantic present? Unfortunately, the stitches of my suitcase started to tear apart, but Ryanair was so nice to send me a new one... happy meJ. Now, I can travel again to the Netherlands, without being scared that my suitcase might break and with all my embarrassing toiletries lying on the floor.

Anyway, let’s talk about uni again. Did you all submit your application form before the UCAS deadline? I hope you did, but if you didn’t, don’t worry because you can still submit your application for most of our courses! To be fair, I quite understand if you have missed the deadline, because my middle name is ‘procrastinate’; hence I often work day and night to meet all my deadlines.

I started teaching at Greenwich Community College btw and it is going very well. Last time we did a lesson on algebra... blegh!? Yeah I know, I don’t fancy it either, but that is why we tried to make it more interactive with QR codes (do you remember those squary barcodes I uploaded in my previous blog?) The students had to scan the barcode with their smart phone, which showed them an answer, and then connect these with algebraic formulas. However, when the students were done and asked me to check it I realised that my Iphone was dead... no battery. Now, I couldn’t check their answers! Fail!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy Snappy!

Oh Happy New Year to all my loyal readers and skimmers! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years Eve, just like me.  I played the big Dutch New Years Eve lottery and won an amazing €5!  I was so happy that I partied whole night long! Around 7am I realised that I had to go home, so a really nice dad of an even nicer girl brought us home. I went to bed straight away and woke up at 2pm, to pack my suitcase and go to the airport. Now, less than 24 hours later, I am sitting here next to Hannah (my lovely colleague) talking about ‘mr lovva man’ & ‘shabba’ I must say, it is rather interesting. We decided to celebrate 2012 by breaking my New Year’s resolutions and buying pizza for the entire office. How sweet is that?!
Oh and talking about sweet. What do you think of Mr. Jummy 
( the pink puppet) I won it at a fun fair for my mum. It is a great mascot  for life and it even talks to me! If Mr. Jummy would be near me every day, things like a suitcase full of presents would not happen, cause he would remind me that I need to take clothes as well. I think Mr. Jummy is great and he is exactly like me.  To the bar and beyond!!!
Finally, I am happy to be back at the Enquiry Unit, as it is a platform for new opportunities and great friendships. I hope to stay here for a long time, so I can help you with your applications and answer your questions to the best of my ability. And... we always have sweets in the office and that is amazing!!! :D So, how was your Christmas & New Year’s ... anything nice happen?

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Driving home for Christmas

Today I am having an amazing Christmas party at work. I am sitting here with my Christmas tie and my Christmas pudding... blegh! I don’t like Christmas pudding, but... it is kinda obligatory to eat it during Christmas, isn't it? Anyway, I just got some amazing bath balls from secret Santa! So if I buy a bath for a few quid, I can really use them and turn into a happy kid!

Do you remember that I told you about my mate Nick who was coming to visit me? It was amazing and we had so much fun! I don’t know why we did it, but we decided to rent a car for a day. Such a mistake! ... all began when the alarm clock went off....

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP... 30 minutes later ... BEEP BEEP BEEP. .... ‘REMCO WAKE UP YOU LAZY DONKEY!’ and I was like... ‘Huh what happened? Are we dead? Who are you? Nick! What are you doing in my room?!’  I totally forgot that Nick was staying over, so that was a bit awkward.

Anyway, we found a centre which rents out cars to people under 25, but unfortunately, only Stansted Airport was open on Sundays. After 2 hours we finally arrived at Stansted and picked up our car. Both of us wanted to drive, so we decided to get in the car and then check where the steering wheel was. I know that to most of you this doesn’t make sense, but in my country people drive at the right side of the road, while people in Britain drive at the left side. This means that the steering wheel is at the other side of the car, which makes everything really confusing. Anyway, we got in the car and luckily I was the one in front of the steering wheel.  Within 10 minutes we found out how the gears worked and; because we were so confident I drove towards a roundabout to get on the motorway, just before I nearly hit a bus. The whole day was full of near death experiences as I hit the curve 17 times. Besides that, the traffic made me wonder why people from the opposite direction were driving in my lane. This happened 3 times, and then I realised that it was me who was driving in the wrong lane.... At the end we did make it to our final destination: Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea!

Why?  ... To ride a bicycle (see picture)


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

‘Sir, I don’t have a pen’

Party people! It’s blog-time again! I am really sorry that I am not answering your calls every week, but that is just because I am so busy with my course at the moment. There is so much to write and I should read a lot of books as well, but to be fair I can’t be bothered. Luckily, I have amazing colleagues who are covering for me at the moment...

I have been teaching at Greenwich Community College the last few weeks and so far it has been a great experience. It is quite embarrassing, but now I realise how it is to have people like me in the classroom. Students are coming from everywhere; and everyone comes with a different package. There are students who want to be in my class to get a certificate, but others just need to be there.

Last Tuesday a student put his hand up and said: ‘Sir, I don’t have a pen’... and as a real teacher I responded with ‘Do you want to buy one?’. Another time, a student came in 45 minutes late... FOURTY-FIVE MINUTES! The classes are only 1.5 hours most of the time, but because I am such a friendly teacher I let him in. However, I couldn’t resist making a comment, so I asked him if he was struggling to find the room. He answered by saying that he was attending college for the last 3 years and that he had been in that particular room for at least the last academic year. I laughed and said ‘well I am happy that you found the room after 1 year’.

Last week I was solving maths problems with a student and after 15 minutes we finally got to the point that he understood how to subtract decimals. Without realising it I called him a ‘genius’, which might sound sarcastic to many people. However, he knew I meant it, because it is impressive when someone has been struggling with subtraction for years; and now he got it within 15 minutes!

Ah, enough about my placement, because I need to do a lot of preparation for tomorrows classes. I am going to show them a YouTube clip about fractions.... boring?! I don’t think so, check out this link: ...

Oh and I have finally done it. I promised my friend in New York that I would send her a present, so I bought a can of coke, wrapped it and sent it straight to New York. I paid 10 pounds for sending it, while the can of coke was only 60 pence, but I think it was worth it! She hasn’t received my present yet, but I just hope that she won’t read my blog J

Oh I forgot to tell you, My Dutch friend Nick is coming over. He spontaneously booked a ticket to London. I hope I have a few spare hours; otherwise I need to find someone else to babysit him. It is going to be fun though.... a lot.... a lot... of fun J

To end with a quote: 'Sir I don’t wanna do this worksheet' "well don’t do it then... do you want to go home instead?" 'Can I really?' "Of course you can.... it’s not me who’s going to fail your exam is it?"