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  • Sara-Jane van der Vegt

    'Time to say goodbye'

    19 May 2017 - By Sara-Jane van der Vegt, study adviser: 'As a study adviser, I’m not very happy with you if you never leave the Master’s, but maybe we can do one more day?'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    Tango dancing in The Hague

    10 May 2017 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's alumna: 'Feeling unsure of which direction to take with my finished degree, I decided to gain some work experience first. Now I get to try out one of the coolest communication jobs out there.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Judge yourself at your best, not at your worst

    2 May 2017 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'I often think of how astronauts might feel. Imagine yourself up there, looking at planet earth. Doesn’t everything seem so petty in front of such of a majestic view?'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    The Doom Loop

    24 April 2017 - By Robyn Johnston, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'With a little positivity you can create productivity, escape the doom loop and make the thesis deadline.'

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  • Lonneke van de Ven

    Time to think about the future?

    13 April 2017 - By Lonneke van de Ven, Master's student Corporate Communication: 'I formulated three tips which hopefully will help you to structure the search for your dream job.'

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  • Lonneke van de Ven

    Too good to be true

    14 February 2017 - By Lonneke van de Ven, Master's student Corporate Communication: 'We are all able to publish things on the internet. But how do you know if a story is true?'

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  • Leonie van de Kragt

    Winter Warmth

    13 February 2017 - By Leonie van de Kragt, pre-Master's student: 'Somehow, I had taken it for granted that I was able to speak a second language.'

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  • Marthe Möller

    Ready, set, go! The start of ‘Mission becoming a Doctor’

    6 February 2017 - By Marthe Möller, PhD candidate Entertainment Communication: 'One could think that, for a geek, the transition from being a Master’s student to being a PhD student is not that big - both involve performing statistical analyses.'

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  • Lonneke Luijten

    What's the best choice for 2017?

    3 February 2017 - By Lotte Luijten, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Apparently there’s some kind of new trend in the Internship world when it comes to applying for a position.'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    Half-empty please

    26 January 2017 - By Robyn Johnston, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Is optimism the cause of modern day misery?'

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  • Damian Trilling

    #stroomstoring

    17 January 2017 - By Damian Trilling, assistant professor Political Communication & Journalism: 'Not long ago, we would not even have realized there was a power outage at night, and at least those commuting by bike would have realized only when ...

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  • Francesco Granati

    Coming of Age

    17 January 2017 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'I think that it’s either the 9 to 5 life, or the travel the world scenario (which tempts me every day).'

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  • Sara-Jane van der Vegt

    Waka waka: 'Do your Task'

    10 January 2017 - By Sara-Jane van der Vegt, study adviser: 'I’m rushing to work again, overly planning all my friends into my very Dutch diary and constantly checking my phone.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Abundance

    21 December 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Too many alternatives have the opposite effect of making a decision easier. A decision is easy when there is only one way to go, or maybe two.'

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  • Lonneke van de Ven

    Work, work, work!

    14 December 2016 - By Lonneke van de Ven, Master's student Corporate Communication: 'Do you know the feeling that a mere 24 hours a day and seven days a week are not nearly enough time to complete everything you want to do?'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    Sinterklaas: A Brit’s perspective

    13 December 2016 - By Robyn Johnston, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'From speaking to many of my Dutch friends about this topic, I’m now able to formulate a more informed opinion regarding this December custom.'

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  • Samantha Elward

    Job hunting advice from a former stressful searcher

    12 December 2016 - By Samantha Elward, alumnus: 'One word to describe my job application process: frustrating. A good start of a story, don’t you agree?'

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  • Francesco Granati

    London Life

    29 November 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'The city for the ambitious, the hard workers, the restless, the dreamers and believers.'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    Writing a Master’s Thesis on the 2016 US Presidential Election

    28 November 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'My design was not dependent on the outcome of the election, thank heavens for that.'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    Time for a new adventure

    2 November 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, alumnus: 'Finally we could call ourselves alumni. Of course, this new status also meant it was time to look for a job. But where do you start?'

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  • Francesco Granati

    OOH & the Perfect Ecosystem

    1 November 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'These OOH-sites create interesting eco-systems and demonstrate how this particular form of advertising benefits every single party involved in the process.'

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  • Damian Trilling

    Hacking the deadline

    31 October 2016 - By Damian Trilling, assistant professor Political Communication & Journalism: 'The ICA website got attacked, and apparently it takes some days to set up the submission system again. Five more days!'

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  • Lonneke Luijten

    Career workshops at the university

    27 October 2016 - By Lotte Luijten, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Despite the busy schedule during your Master’s, it’s worth trying some of these kinds of workshops.'

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  • Lonneke van de Ven

    Bachelor’s vs. Master’s: three notable differences for Communication Science

    26 October 2016 - By Lonneke van de Ven, Master's student Corporate Communication: 'I can reassure you: once you find an optimal way of studying, it gets easier.'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    No, you’re not busier than your ancestors

    12 Oktober 2016 - By Robyn Johnston, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'What do I mean when I say I’m busy? Am I overscheduled? Am I afraid of downtime and the silence it brings with it?'

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  • Lonneke Luijten

    Off to a good start

    22 September 2016 - By Lotte Luijten, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Even though my google maps said the bike ride to the university would take fifteen minutes, all the tourists who were cycling on the Spui made sure it took me twenty.'

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  • Lonneke van de Ven

    A new study at a new university

    21 September 2016 - By Lonneke van de Ven, Master's student Corporate Communication: 'After taking a year off from university, I realised that I was looking forward to learning new things.'

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  • Samantha Elward

    A Healthy Hard-working Mentality

    14 September 2016 - By Samantha Elward, alumnus: 'His feedback makes me realize that some of the expectations you think others have of you, are actually expectations that you create yourself.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    To Blackmail or not to Blackmail – That is the Question

    13 September 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Our guy could have been inspired by Francis Underwood, and this could have been a ploy all along. He just wanted leverage. That’s when true negotiations start.'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    Newsjacking the Olympic Games

    6 September 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, alumnus: 'I found it very daring that not only people started joking about Yuri getting sent home, but brands too.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Recruitment: Time for a Change?

    5 September 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Be nice, write back, even if just a few lines, and never disappear, especially when the first message came from you. Is this too much to ask?'

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  • Sara-Jane van der Vegt

    Time to start!

    2 September 2016 - By Sara-Jane van der Vegt, study adviser: 'Approximately 600 eyes are locked on me in full anticipation. So there I stand, with only my powerpoint presentation...'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    Top Tips for your Final Semester

    30 August 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'Obviously, the main goal of studying is to learn, but university life in general is a breeding ground for learning experiences.'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    Back to School

    30 August 2016 - By Robyn Johnston, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'I like that fresh start feeling you get when you swap your scribbled notepads for blank pages and buy a snazzy new pencil case.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    To plan or not to plan

    25 August 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'That current might bring you amazing places – but will you ever be able to get your initial dreams out of your head, even if where you are now is pretty cool?'

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  • Elroy Boers

    Life after Data Collection

    25 July 2016 - By Elroy Boers, PhD candidate Persuasive Communication: 'Collecting data in the field among ‘real people’ is ‘a different cook’ (Louis van Gaal, 2016) than collecting data in the lab space our department provides.'

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    The Next Step

    18 July 2016 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: 'Without sounding too spiritual, I’m starting this search for a new job with a search within myself.'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    The Disconnect

    7 July 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'Every time I feel myself being drawn back in, and every time I feel less like I’ve been taking a moment to get away from studies, work, and so on.'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    A job well done

    5 July 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'And there it was: my Master’s thesis. I had never been more proud of forty pages of paper.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    “I love it when a thesis comes together”

    5 July 2016 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'When a plan comes together, as a thesis supervisor I can be content and look back with pride and satisfaction.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    The Slow Rise of OOH

    23 June 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'When I talk about this medium I always like to compare it with a dinosaur - without the extinction bit.'

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  • Samantha Elward

    Letting go of what you have learned

    20 June 2016 - By Samantha Elward, alumnus: 'Reading scientific articles, supporting arguments with APA references and using communication theories to make a certain point are not part of my day-to-day basis.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Agencies vs. Clients

    24 May 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Everyone has a role in the big mosaic called marketing or media or advertising.'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    Procrastinating and 'stalking my friends'

    19 May 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Now that I have to write my Master’s thesis, it is a real challenge not to procrastinate.'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    Looking into the VR future

    17 May 2016 - By Robyn Johnston, pre-Master's student: 'I found myself being employed in my third week by a media company with a cutting-edge concept – to create the first VR cinema in the world.'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    Right place, right time

    17 May 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'Something captivating remains in the idea of haphazardly stumbling into your future and realizing that this was where you were meant to go all along.'

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  • Damian Trilling

    Bicycles, food and other unresolved social-scientific problems

    21 April 2016 - By Damian Trilling, assistant professor Political Communication & Journalism: 'The best project proposals, and the ones that I enjoy supervising the most, are those that are a bit off the beaten track.'

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  • Sandra Zwier

    Approaching Admissions like Mighty Power Rangers

    18 April 2016 - By Sandra Zwier, senior lecturer and Research Master’s programme director: 'Eventually it dawned on us that Fantastic Form B had a wholly different meaning for applicants than it had for us.'

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    The Distribution of Social Media Content

    18 April 2016 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: 'You can’t just assume your content is going to reach the right people.'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    New season, new beginnings

    7 April 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'Not only people fool each other, but brands try to fool people too.'

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  • Samantha Elward

    My Kick-Off as an ABN AMRO Trainee

    4 April 2016 - By Samantha Elward, alumnus: 'With my Communication Science background, you can imagine that I did not know much about investment rates, mortgages and selling shares at a stock market.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    You can’t have one without the other

    31 March 2016 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'In theory, you know what you can expect students to know and do. In practice, however, it is really quite difficult to know how high you should raise the bar.'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    Not just another day

    30 March 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'I don’t often forget to check my phone all morning. But this was the morning of the Brussels attacks.'

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  • Sandra Zwier

    Only an Example

    17 March 2016 - By Sandra Zwier, senior lecturer and Research Master’s programme director: 'Laura looked at Lisa. Lisa then said something to Laura. That’s when Lotte and Lila turned to Laura to ask what Lisa just said.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Wasted Talent

    16 March 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'What are media agencies of today doing to retain their employees?'

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  • Simone Hoogenbosch

    Humiliated by ‘Customer Support’

    2 March 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, Master's student Persuasive Communication: 'To me, the most interesting are the complaints shared on social media. But how should a brand react to a complaint?'

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  • Damian Trilling

    Students and Cutting-Edge Research

    2 March 2016 - By Damian Trilling, assistant professor Political Communication & Journalism: 'I think that as academics we should strive to shape the future of our field, rather than just reproduce old recipes.'

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  • Robyn Johnston

    Taking the Plunge

    17 February 2016 - By Robyn Johnston, pre-Master's student: 'It's true what they say; absence makes the heart grow fonder (of higher education)'.

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    Thesis Supervision: Two Potentially Conflicting Jobs

    17 February 2016 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'It is only human that you hope for the best grade when you come to trust and appreciate the student. Of course we want to avoid this bias.'

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  • Austeja Poskute

    In the Home Stretch

    15 February 2016 - By Austeja Poškutė, Research Master's student: 'After attending three GSC Introduction Days and already having a collection of GSC canvas bags in my closet, I am confident that I am right where I belong.'

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  • Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren

    The Master’s Programme Primaries

    15 February 2016 - By Emilie Westerouen van Meeteren, Master's student Political Communication: 'After my initial feeling of ‘Oh my God this is going to be a very busy year!’ had settled, this made room for a feeling of excitement.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Just Stick With What You Know Best

    26 January 2016 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'The moment you start positioning a Skoda like a BMW and sell it for more money than you used to, you start confusing people.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    Narrow Escapes

    10 December 2015 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'Around 12, we received an alarming e-mail: All doors to the lecture rooms were closed and basically, nobody knew whether or when they would open again. Oh no...'

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  • Nadine Strauss

    ASCoR Career Event: What the Future Might Bring

    16 November 2015 - By Nadine Strauß, PhD candidate: 'Facing a highly competitive job market, there is a growing concern among PhDs about their future career.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    Like Watching Grass Grow

    4 November 2015 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'I get up with a brick in my stomach, I drag myself to work wishing it was over already: exam day.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Looking Back

    22 October 2015 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Looking back, would I do this Master's again?'

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  • Nhu Ngan Trang

    The student will keep the campus heart beating

    29 September 2015 - By Nhu Ngan Trang, admissions officer and study adviser: 'There are questions that I have received a million times as well as requests that are unusual or unique. It takes time and patience to give you all a satisfying answer, ...

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    Growing and growing up

    24 September 2015 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: 'The flow of content creation used to go like this: it started with strategy, followed by creation and ended with production and a bit of distribution. Now distribution is getting more and more ...

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  • Blaauw, Sylvia

    A Summer's Day in the Study Adviser's Office

    23 September 2015 - By Sylvia Blaauw, study adviser: 'Maybe some flowers? Or a cool wall painting? That industrial white clock is certainly not adding much.'

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  • Nadine Strauss

    Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

    23 September 2015 - By Nadine Strauß, PhD candidate: 'I had the pleasure to meet fellow scholars with whom I shared one big interest: How do capitalism, media and culture relate to each other?'

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  • Francesco Granati

    The Era of the Spoiled Consumer

    16 September 2015 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'We are fickle beings who got used to the fact that a lot of companies out there believe that ‘the client out there is always right’ and they will move mountains for us (in some cases).'

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  • Sandra Zwier

    Thank you for that, students!

    16 September 2015 - By Sandra Zwier, senior lecturer and Research Master’s programme director: 'They are talking about you. Awkward! Your heart beats somewhat faster, and it is quite impossible to stop listening.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    New Beginnings

    9 September 2015 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'Starting a new course and meeting a new group of students is always very exciting.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Looking at Airports with Different Eyes

    13 August 2015 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'The concept of summer holiday fades away a bit as we find ourselves able to take holidays throughout the year rather than necessarily during the summer.'

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    Summer is here!

    13 August 2015 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: 'As you can understand, being a graduate in Communication Science and having done a lot of quantitative research during my Master's, my data-heart was beating faster!'

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  • Sandra Zwier

    Student papers needed immediately

    13 August 2015 - By Sandra Zwier, senior lecturer and Research Master’s programme director: 'Could it be that an academic review needs to be written, right here and now? I volunteer!'

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  • nvt

    Summer at the UvA – aka “The Cold Emptiness”

    13 August 2015 - By Verena Wottrich, PhD candidate: 'What nobody told me before is that the UvA turns into “Ghost City” during summer.'

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  • Nadine Strauss

    Time for Thinking Outside the Box

    13 August 2015 - By Nadine Strauß, phD candidate: 'Being a PhD at ASCoR during summer holidays does not only mean staying in Amsterdam, working hard on your projects, and being locked up from the outside world.'

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  • The August Thoughts of a GSC Student

    1 August 2015 - By Demba Kendah, student Erasmus Mundus Master's programme: 'Right from the airport, the skies of the Lowlands welcomed me with open arms, pouring for the next 48 hours except for short intervals maxing out at 3 hours a break on ...

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  • Nadine Strauss

    Boosting up Financial Communication

    2 July 2015 - By Nadine Strauß, PhD candidate: 'I think we all know these periods in lifetime when we question our job, our work, and the career path we decided to follow at some point in time.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    The sense and nonsense of learning objectives

    1 July 2015 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'I think that the vast majority of the truly meaningful lessons I ever learned about communication, organizations, and teaching was unplanned and rather a consequence ...

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  • College of Communication

    Hard work at the Education Desk

    1 July 2015 - By Ana Lopez Swinkels, admissions and administration officer: 'Nothing feels so good as handing all these happy students the document they have worked so hard for!'

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  • Sandra Zwier

    Feeling proud of a student

    1 July 2015 - By Sandra Zwier, senior lecturer and Research Master’s programme director: 'There is a particular type of student that I would recognize almost immediately in nearly every class.'

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  • Joost Verhoeven

    A Newspaper in the News

    30 June 2015 - By Joost Verhoeven, assistant professor Corporate Communication: 'We all know of examples of embarrassing social media missteps by employees, often leading to termination of ones employment.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Does more mean better?

    24 June 2015 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Trying to spice things up a bit this time and make the text a bit more reader friendly, I decided to tackle my job.'

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    One Year in the Field: My Experiences and Realizations

    24 June 2015 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: 'Although I still didn’t feel I was ready for it and said to myself: “I’m only 23 years old, do I have to start working already, for the rest of my life?” The answer was yes.'

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  • nvt

    My life as a PhD student at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research

    24 June 2015 - By Verena Wottrich, PhD candidate: 'If you had asked me one year ago how I think my first working day would look like, I would have answered: “Well…it will start with cordially shaking hands with new colleagues, slowly getting ...

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  • Nadine Strauss

    Terrifying 'First-Year-Paper'

    24 June 2015 - By Nadine Strauß, PhD candidate: 'To put a human face to this story and to give you a little bit more information on my “First Year Paper,” I would like to shortly introduce my research topic and myself.'

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  • Francesco Granati

    Big Data Time

    20 June 2015 - By Francesco Granati, alumnus: 'Why do people do things? This is something that could be answered by qualitative research rather than relying on massive numerical data sets, but then again, it’s not fashionable yet.'

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  • Joëlle van Reeden

    The Life of a Community Manager

    20 June 2015 - By Joëlle van Rheeden, alumnus: ' I think we can inspire each other and challenge each other to keep coming up with beautiful, creative ideas.'

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  • nvt

    'What They Know About Us...'

    20 June 2015 - By Verena Wottrich, PhD candidate: 'I want to get to know whether consumers are aware of the fact that they “trade” their personal information as a currency in return for the benefits of the app use.'

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