'The campus is overwhelming and has an American feeling'

| Stan Waning

Hundreds of students will get to know the University of Twente during the Kick-In. Who are they, where are they from and do they look forward to it? U-Today lets you get to know a first-year student every day during the introductory period. Today: Jonathan Weiss (23) from the German capital Berlin, Master's student Business Information Technology.

Jonathan Weiss (23).

Why did you choose Twente?

'Mainly because of the study programme, but the image of the campus also appealed to me. I have never experienced that in Germany. Such a campus feels very American. In the Netherlands I have only visited the classic tourist spots, such as Amsterdam. I hope to see the whole country in the coming years.'

Found a place to live yet?

'A complicated situation, but it seems to be going in the right direction. I am still living in Münster, but I have probably found something in Enschede. I can move there from October onwards, so just a little more patience for me. It was not easy, but I believe the university is doing everything to improve the situation.'

What do you expect from your time as a student?

'I want to enjoy student life and I hope to go abroad when I have the opportunity. Hopefully I'll also make lots of new friends and get everything out of my studies.'

Will you join an association?

'Handball is my passion. In Berlin I practised that for over fourteen years, so I will definitely join handball club Cabezota. Crossfit seems cool to me, but I am also open to cultural associations. First I need to make an overview of all the associations, because I see so many coming up.'

Have you been vaccinated?

Definitely, in July already. I hope that most students are with me, so that normal life can return quickly.'

What is your first impression?

'Overwhelming. I see so many people, it takes some getting used to. I need to find my place, but my first impression is positive. New things are always positive for me. I have no fear of a new environment.'

What are you going to do in the first few months here anyway?

'The most important thing is to arrange my registration for handball, after that I want to take over the room permanently and then get to know as many new people as possible.'

What are you dreading?

'Nothing at all. That is the advantage of university: everything is possible, but nothing is obligatory. I want to experience as much as possible and don't feel anything negative.'

Stay tuned

Sign up for our weekly newsletter.