My name is Ockje Sisselaar and I, like most others am a first
year student at the IDE program at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Here is a little summary of who I am and why I had chosen for the IDE program.
I am a dutch citizen and have now lived in the Netherlands for about 6 years however in my childhood I have had the luxury to have lived around the globe. I have lived in Aberdeen Scotland, Gabon Africa, Dubai U.A.E, Houston Texas, Bangalore India, London England, and now The Hague/Delft Netherlands. I am not the only student at this program that has had this luxury of course but having to of had this opportunity I have gained a lot of cultural knowledge.
How I have gotten to this choice of study was a long road. After finishing high school in the year of 2014, I was accepted to attend a art school at “Willem de Kooning academy” in Rotterdam. After a short time at this academy, my mindset was set on something else. Due to my stop so early in the academic year, I decided to get some work experience and a bit of extra cash as a secretary in Leiden at HSK Groep. With my extra earnings I planned a solo trip to the land of Hobbits, New Zealand. One of the main reasons why I went to New Zealand is because I love to kitesurf. When I am Kitesurfing i am able to let go of everything, I get a clear mind. During my stay there, I had also completed a Kitesurf-instructor course, which allowed me to find work back in the Netherlands. Thus next to my study, I work part-time as a kitesurf-instructor in Scheveningen. Thus anyone interested to learning a new exiting sport, let me know.
This is one of the main reasons why I had chosen to do the IDE program because I want to make my hobby, my work, my future. At least for now 😉 always keeping my options open.
Anyways, what else.. currently living in Delft, I am part of a ‘Studentenverenigingen’ (type of sorority thing) there.
I am a very outgoing person, like having a good time and having relaxed vibes around me AND I know the Hague
very well, thus if anyone needs help getting around, just ask.
Now, having read some of the other IDE students blogs, its seems that we all need a superpower. I would say that my superpower is that I am Stress Free. This because I like to be organized and hand things in on time.