A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
One year ago, I was a very lazy person who simply slacked on all her homework and always rushed 1 hour before deadlines. Events and activities organized by Leiden University or LUC often kept me from doing my work. This year, unfortunately, I am still like this.
On one sunny Saturday, the Beyond Arts Committee of Leiden University College The Hague organized a once-a-year festival in a cozy theatre in the Hague. As a pseudo-art-lover, how can I miss this amazing experience to appreciate art created by students and stuff at my college? During the two hours, amazing performances took audience’s hearts away. The first performance was a play written by a staff member of LUC, the title of it being “Snow White is Dead”. It is a very funny play, also very sarcastic from my point of view. And then, another play called “Stuck” (written by one talented student at LUC) impressed us all with its rich implications hidden underneath what can be seen during the performance. Some potential artists also played some music instruments, sang songs, and read poems. The poems were really good! Some are really heart-warming, some funny, some sentimental and making people moved to tears… This festival ended with a girl’s barbershop choir performance on the goldie oldie song Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. I was in the choir as well! It turned out pretty well; we did a good job in showing the happiness and pride in that song.
And then, there was another important event as well. Dies Fatalis, different from Dies Natalis, is a special tradition at Leiden University College The Hague. From the logo you can see the story behind it; it was inspired by the previous dean of LUC with a philosophical tale about two fishes. Dies Fatalis takes place at the end of one academic year, which makes the end of a year funny, relaxing, and memorable. There are several videos made for Dies Fatalis, including promo videos and videos screened on the actual event. (I participated in the promo video! It was super great to be the starring, really.) There are also Fishy Awards for staff and students who made major achievements in certain fields. Everyone enjoyed themselves at Dies Fatalis… Oh, foods and drinks were great there.
Apart from going out to avoid work, what can I do for procrastination if the weather is not good (which is often the case in the Netherlands)? No worries, let’s try something interesting!
1) Online language courses
I have been following some free online language courses of Japanese for sometime. You may ask where you can find it. Well, it’s very accessible to almost every world citizen – YouTube. Although some videos require more accuracy, there are a lot of videos and courses on YouTube that can open the doors of foreign languages for you. You’re not working, but you’re still using your brains properly, right?
Earlier this year, I felt that I was getting more and more chubby. It was the fact as well. I often felt tired and sleep; and my health condition was not very good. Thus, instead of worrying about if I should eat less and sleep less, I started doing aerobics. YouTube helps a lot again here! I first tried Korean aerobics, unfortunately it was too slow and easy for me. And then I turned to Chinese workout videos, which make me very happy jumping and dancing everyday. Next step I am going to try American workout to build muscles… I still have deadlines waiting for me to catch; yet, building my body and improving my health condition can really help me concentrate on what I am doing and provide enough energy for academic activities. Sounds nice, isn’t it?
I guess I have much more ways to entertain myself…for now I can only think of two. So, stop wondering about whether to go outside or stay inside; just remember to live a healthy life, and be happy. After positive procrastination, you’ll find your course work much easier. Under most circumstances at least… 🙂
– by Xueyan Xing (coming all the way from China; studying at Leiden University College The Hague)