Endless Welcome Parties

I’m starting to wonder if I’m here for studying or for partying.

It has been 3 nights in a row that I’m attending welcome parties, and more are coming!

Let’s count how many welcome parties that you may have, if you arrived one week before the the classes begin like me:

  1. Campus Welcome Party. It’s given, and usually they have it at the end of the orientation week. A nice way to get to know the old batch students, as they are also invited. It’s also a nice way to learn dancing from the Latina students. And to get free Heineken.
  2. Study Program Welcome Party. Usually the old batch students in your major will throw you a party to welcome you. A great chance to see your Professor dancing around with a bottle of beer in her hand.
  3. Your dorm’s Welcome Party. Depending on where you live, you may also need to attend your dorm’s welcome party. I have mine tonight. I live in Gondelstraat 31 and we basically decided that we need to get to know each other, so we organized a party for ourselves! This is an interesting way to challenge your taste buds by eating food from different countries. Tonight I had a culinary adventure by eating Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino dishes. And oh, with a shima from Zambia!
  4. Okay, this is going to sound like exclusivity, but the expats or students from your country may throw a party for you. So there’ll be parties like “Indonesian students welcome party,” or “Latin America Students welcome party,”  and so on. Of course, the size of the party would depend on the population of the students who are coming from your country. Nice opportunity to eat your local food if you are starting to miss it already.
  5. Student Associations Welcome Party. There are many kinds of associations. I didn’t sign up to be a member of any association, I don’t know if I’ll have time. However, I’m expected to attend the party and participate in Indonesian Student Association (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia), just because of the fact that I’m Indonesian. Huh.
  6. And if you already have friends or families in Den Haag…. they might throw you a party as well!
  7. This is not really a welcome party, but there will be a party for International Student organized by Nuffic. Nuffic is the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education and Research.

So if you had come to Holland ready for the endless nights of studying, sit back and relax. At least in the first week you’ll spend most of your nights partying.

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