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32 clocks and what I learned from them

Recently we received the following idea:
"Een blogpost waarin Annet vertelt over de logistieke implicaties van het verplaatsen van 32 klokken.
*puts on sunglasses*
En hoeveel wijzer ze hiervan geworden is."

Due to the nature of the content I will not literally translate the idea, the pun would be ruined then. Paraphrased, this idea calls for a blog about my adventures of moving 32 clocks, the logistic implications of this and what I have learned from it.

I will first tell you the story of how I, or actually we as board, got the ownership of 32, or in fact 34 clocks. They were a presented, gifted to us by GEWIS, the study association of computer science and mathematics at the university in Eindhoven. The in total 34 clocks, presented to us in the form of a box with 32 of them and 2 separate ones, were all standing still. It were 34 because it was the 34th board of GEWIS that gifted us these presents during our constitutional drinks. They were not working because 'gezelligheid kent geen tijd' (I'm sorry I cannot translated this saying but it means something like 'fun is not time related').

So there it was: a box filled with 32 clocks and covered with GEWIS sticker at the back of 't Golden Fust. The night of our constitutional drinks it found its first home at Maikels place, who was kind enough to house all our presents, because of the proximity of his house to the location of our drinks. He cared for them for a while and made sure nothing was leaking. There all our presents stood until the October sixth when I was the first to visit Maikel to relieve him from the burden. I could not take all and when I had to pick what I would take my choice went to the big, but not too heavy box of clocks.

This was my first trip with the clocks. During this trip I learned that clamming your hand between a backpack and a box is not comfortable. I also experienced a moment of 'how did I end up here?', thinking that I was cycling through Groningen with a box with 32 clocks after hearing the story of the poo in Maikel his ceiling. Even though I have had thoughts like these a variety of times since I started studying (why am I making popcorn at 1 AM while staring frustrated at a black and white screen filled with weird symbols?), I would say that during your board year the weirdness of the actual situations does increase (why am I writing a story about a box with 32 clocks in a train to Nijmegen?).

During the trip to the box's second home, Jelmer's room, it was that the sender of the idea met the box for the first time. I passed his front door behind which the introductory camp pictures were being sorted and I could not resist pressing the big red button. The door was openend and there I stood, with the box. After explaining the situation I moved on to my next obstacle, the (narrow) stairs. From these stairs I learned that putting in a little effort can be pretty rewarding, even though the process of getting it done can be not fun at all.

For a while the clocks lived in Jelmer his closet, on top of the dryer. A warm and comfortable home, that they had so say goodbye to this Tuesday when we had planned our evening of 'unwrapping' gifts from our constitutional drinks. I arrived in an empty room, opened the closet and found out that another box had found its home there and various miscellaneous items as well. This is when I learned how much of your daily live is just puzzles. A puzzle how to figure out where to put everything in order to get a box from a closet but it can also be a puzzle how to plan everything you need to do and everywhere you need to be in the most efficient way (so you don't need to cycle back and forth all the time).

Next up were the stairs, again. Going down proved a little bit harder, because I could not see or feel where my feet had to go. So I decided to go for a creative solution and I put one side of the box on the rail and the other on my shoulder. Luckily I was not wearing my suit otherwise I had completely looked like a mortician.

At the end of the stairs there is a turn where I could not keep the box on the rail anymore. So I lifted up the box and stumbled through the door at the end of the stairs into the corridor - this is how the sender of the idea spotted me for the second time. He had just said goodbye to someone and was standing in his doorway. I stumbled in his direction to say 'hi!' and after some small talk I had to continue my way. However, there was still a (closed) door between me and my bike. It is a door that opens inwards, the corridor is narrow and I needed two hands to carry the box.
From this door I have learned that it is sometimes important to take things one step at the time. I put down the box, opened the door and (not very professionally) shoved the box outside.

The last bike trip I made with the clocks was to Jips house, which was a surprisingly long ride. Once on my bike it not so much a struggle to cycle with the box, it is just big and not heavy or inconveniently shaped (like the other Ikea bags filled with gifts).

It was in Jips room that I said goodbye to the 32 clocks and their box. I adopted three of them and Jip and Jona some. Sanne still wants to give two away, so she is left with 24 clocks . That is why she took the box, with now 26 clocks left (recalculations have shown there were in fact 38 clocks in total, leaving her with 30 instead of 26) home. I also found out that night that I had also carried around fire resistant liquid and a friendship bracelet. Also worth noting, the box did NOT include an ice.

Through out this all, the cycling, the struggling and the unpacking I was often enough reminded of guys that we received this gift from, and how glad I am to have meet them. Thanks GEWIS smile.gif

1. Thoughts like 'how did I end up here?' are not uncommon during your board year and they are usually positive.
2. Putting in effort and being persistent, even though it is not fun can be pretty rewarding.
3. Everything in life can be seen as puzzle and it is fun challenge to solve them.
4. It is sometimes important to take things once step at the time.
5. GEWIS is pretty cool.

From a soon to be former board member

With only a few minutes to go until we're hopefully discharged, I'm looking back at a wonderful year. A year in which we accomplished a lot of things (for a more complete report, go here) while also having a lot of fun and having a lot of new experiences. And while it is hard to describe those experiences, I would like to try.

Meeting other people from all over the country just because they represent students from the same studies. Sounds plain enough, until you go have a drink with them. It won't take long before you know them and bond with them and after the second meet you're already looking forward to the next. For us, this also escalated to visiting the Efteling, a theme park all about fairy tales and folk lore, with the board of GEWIS and our predecessors.

This year also made me appreciate the social times more. Where as a first and second year student I thought constitutional drinks were strange and very much the most student-like activity which I only hoped to see from a distance. In the last year I've come to enjoy it and although I've not been to the most constitutional drinks (that honor goes to Tim), I have to admit that I will miss it - especially the ones that have escalated and were themed with, for example, Christmas.

Working with 4 other people as part of the board also makes you come together in ways you don't expect. You get to work, chill and relax with them almost every day, every week for a year. I was lucky enough to complete this year with my awesome board members, mates and friends. For this I'm very grateful, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way and I know I'm going to miss it very, very much.

From the Candidate Board

So I have been a candidate board member for a while now and I know of the existence of the board blog thing, of which others migth never have heard. So guess what, I decided to write a blog post! Nobody told me to write a blog, but neither did anybody tell me to not write one. This is it, my (first) blog!

My decision to apply for the board was made quite some time ago and I have been excited as well as nervous to sent in my application. I am the candidate secretary of this association now and have been for a few months. Being the candidate board is pretty exciting. In this blog I will tell you about my time as a candidate board member.

Starting out my candidate period with 3 weeks of New Zealand I did not notice a big difference, except for the lack of nerves about my motivation letter, interviews and calls from the SoCo. We had left the kind of stressful period of application behind us. When I returned from New Zealand I started out with some fun things, visits to consti's for example, but soon we started with the more serious part. The current board explained all kinds of stuff, from external committees to how the agenda of board meetings is used.

It became more and more real, especially when we got together discussing our policy plans. All the things we want to do next year, our board year... As a group we are finding a form, getting to know each other and figuring out the best ways that we can deliver the best work. Of course, we are also having a lot of fun!

We were approved by the GA, apparently our policy points are good enough. This means there is no longer the need to add "maybe potentially possibly etc" when we are saying we are going be the next board of Cover. From that moment on we knew for sure that it was really going to happen.

Now we are doing stuff like visiting national meetings and I got to sent out our pre-announcement for our constitutional drinks.

At the beginning of July we went to a fancy store and picked our board suits. Today I went back for a fitting. Since we have being visiting constitutional drinks, it wasn't the first time I put on a suit. However, this was my suit, my well fitting board suit.

Damn, it's really happening.

Christmas Time

It's the 25th of December, and I'm sitting in public transport writing this while I'm closing in on the town where my family lives. Time has flown, it is Christmas again already. It feels just like yesterday that this academic year started, and that I could finaly put on my Cover tie when we were installed as the 23rd board of Cover. Time will also continue to fly, and I'm well aware of that. It seems like from the day I was born every year goes by faster and faster, if there weren't any clocks to prove me otherwise I might have even believed it actually did.

With time flying by so quickly, you best enjoy as much of it as you can. Though looking towards your future surely is important to some extent, don't do it too much. Generally, things will figure itself out. Try to think of how often in your life you stressed yourself out thinking about something in the future. About what would happen when you went to highschool, about whether you would pass your exams, about what study or what courses to choose and so on. I'm sure you can remember a lot of these moments. Now try and think of how often you resent these choices, and wish you decided on all of these choices differently. It's probably not very often. Life finds a way, and generally things will turn out just fine. Will they always be the best choices? Probably not, but there's no way you'll ever know and that's for the best.

So for now, just relax. Whatever you're stressing about: It'll turn out fine. Don't stress, do yourself a pleasure and focus on having a great time celebrating Christmas. And on that note, I'm going to do so myself as well.

On behalf of board XXIII I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.


UNOX idea

A few weeks ago, the idea to make a deal with UNOX for proper 'rookworsten' (the sausage in the Coverroom) was sent to I thought, why not give it a try. So, I first needed to find out how many rookworsten we eat all together. This happened to be around 75 each month! Then I needed an address, so I went to the site and filled in some contact form on Sunday.

On Monday, I unsuspectingly cycled to the Bernoulliborg. Guess what I saw over there…? UNOX placed a stand in front of our big blue building! Very smart, very fast, UNOX…

Wednesday I got an answer to our idea from Unilever. They sadly didn’t want to cooperate…

Ah well, without trying I couldn’t have told you this funny story. Keep sending your wonderful ideas to us, we will at least try to make the good ones happen. If you think you will succeed making these (or other) kind of deals, apply for the PRcee by sending me an email ( before the 26th of November.


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