Every year ERA organises introductory activities to make the first year students enthusiastic to become an active member. This year the tradition has been continued and there have been three introductory activities: a city tour with Wiep van Bunge, a pub crawl with Tim de Mey and a ‘hangover’ brunch.
Just like the past years, Mr van Bunge enthusiastically provided the first year students with an informative city tour. There was not much walking and a lot of talking in this – the walk was less than a kilometre – but that really did not make the ‘walk’ less fun. At the statue of Erasmus, Mr van Bunge talked vivaciously about the role played by Erasmus in the development of Rotterdam. Then at Blaak he explained that the identity of this city has not always been one of ‘don’t blab, just clean’ (niet lullen maar poetsen). Before the exponential growth of the harbour there has been a period of intellectual development, because Rotterdam was a safe haven for Philosophers. The idea of Rotterdam as a city for intellectuals perished under the flourishing economy, but until this day there are philosophers in the city. The day ended with a drink at the Meent.
The next event was the pub crawl. This started with an amazing ride on the water from the water tower to Kaapse Brouwers. After our first common drink our paths diverged at the ‘leprachun buttplug’. The three formed groups made their way to Sijf, De Riddert and Boudewijn, every group starting at a different pub. With a quiz made by Tim de Mey everybody could figure out their ‘philosophical identity’ during the pub crawl. Although knowig your identity was insightful, the main goal of the night was socializing and having a great time. I think we managed.
The last event was the hangover brunch at Proeflokaal Faas. The students could get a nice and healthy breakfast from the improvised, but magnificent, breakfast buffet. When the sun came out and everybody had slain their hunger, the ambiance was great. People started playing board games and it was a cosy event to close of the introductory weeks.
All in all, the introductory activities were a hit. The whole student body was well represented; there were fulltime bachelor, master, part-time and Double-Degree students.