Autore: Alessandro Ausenda

Inizio il mio percorso studi come perito chimico, ci metto circa tre anni per realizzare che una vita in laboratorio tra provette, becchi bunsen e distillatori non farà per me, decido quindi di abbandonare il mondo incantato di Mr. White. Cambio totalmente indirizzo studi e scelgo lingue, concluso il liceo linguistico mi iscrivo presso l’Università degli Studi di Bergamo dove mi laureo in Lingue e Letterature Straniere Moderne. Attualmente sono iscritto alla Tilburg University, MSc in Business Communication and Information Sciences. Da sempre interessato all’arte in ogni sua forma espressiva, adoro il mondo dell’informazione, della divulgazione scientifica e della ricerca in ambito internazionale. Nei primi mesi del 2015 mi viene offerta la possibilità di collaborare con Pequod, contribuisco alla sezione Internazionale cercando di dar voce ai nostri coetanei e alle loro impressioni riguardanti esperienze di studio, idee e progetti futuri.

What’s the best way for young people to travel, meet new people, and get to know different cultures in an affordable way? The answer is staying in hostels, where young generations from all over the world share experiences and unforgettable moments. Today we meet Laura, a young Italian girl who moved to Copenaghen and started working for one of the most well-known hostel brands in Europe: Generator Hostel....   leggi tutto

Prisons play a crucial role in our societies, although their exact function is often debated: if for some this is to take offenders off the streets for years following their crimes, making sure they regret their actions, others see prisons from a different point of view: places whose main mission is not to exclude but to help offenders be reintegrated in societies....   leggi tutto

Since the beginning of the XXI century and even more so with the rise of the technological hype, the adjective “SMART” has made its appearance in several different domains. Behind this trend is the need to make daily objects more interactive and better able to provide fast solutions to daily issues. Smart houses were created to minimise energy waste, smart wearables to improve our lifestyle, smart phones to make us feel more connected. It seems that the process of making smart devices and surroundings is affecting everything in our societies, streets and highways included....   leggi tutto

Education represents a crucial element of our societies, becoming increasingly important as more and more people pursue the educational path to secure better job opportunities. Considering this, a question arises naturally: is the type of education we are currently receiving providing the strongest boost to our cognitive capabilities and intellectual growth? If this weren’t the case, what would be other possible options in terms of educational methods?...   leggi tutto

When it comes to the use of so-called soft drugs, including marijuana and hashish, the first European country to spring to mind is the Netherlands. Well known for its advanced stance towards technology, the high quality of its education system, and the considerably small size of its population – amounting to only 17 millions inhabitants – this charming country is also famous for its interesting soft drug policy. Young folks from other European countries – where the use of hashish or marijuana is most often illegal – take the opportunity to travel to the most beautiful Dutch cities to practice what has come to be known as drug tourism. Rather than visiting the gorgeous attractions this land has to offer, drug tourists spend their time smoking pot in its numerous coffee-shops. Although the common myth is it that the sale and use of hash and weed are completely legal in the Netherlands, it is more accurate to say that there is a specific toleration policy concerning their use as soft drugs. As the website of the Government of the Netherlands reads, selling these substances is in fact a criminal offence. However, this is not prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service....   leggi tutto

It was during the afternoon of 16 April 1943 when the young chemist better known as Albert Hofmann, who was working in the pharmaceutical-department of Sandoz, discovered by accident the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid derivatives synthesized a couple years before for research purposes.  That day, the Swiss scientist who later became the godfather of LSD experienced all the physical and mental effects which are typical of the lysergic trip. After that  incredible experience Hofmann decided to take deliberately another small dose of LSD, this time he decided to cycle back home and such experience became an emblematic milestone for every person interested in psychedelic experiences by means of LSD....   leggi tutto

Exactly today one year ago, a terroristic attack took place at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis . That day nineteen people were killed, the ISIS claimed the attack. In the last decade the situation between western countries and eastern countries has changed dramatically. This revolutionary wave of protests, revolutions, repressions started spreading since the beginning of 2012 in those countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Libya. These events represented a very important topic for academic research purposes ranging from international relations to economics. Unluckily, in the course of a PhD research project in Egypt the PhD researcher Giulio Regeni was killed under unclear circumstances which are still under investigation....   leggi tutto

Young, motivated , and willing to change the world : these are the main aspects of five Tilburg University students who have decided to start a new project in South Africa, in the local municipality of Emfuleni more precisely in the area of Sebokeng and Vanderbijlpark. The non-profit organization they created is called Lend a Hand (facebook page) and the project which has taken place this  summer is called  project Simba.simbaLet’s meet the members of such a great NGO!ImmagineName: Walter M. Pasquarelli
Education: BA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Law Major, Tilburg University/ Instituto Técnologico de Monterrey
Future projects : Expand Lend A Hand and make it a permanent institution by providing project on annual basis and empowering new members to join the mission
Name : Livia Kaiser.
Education : BSc International Business Administration.
Future projects : Keep on working for Lend a hand NGO.cName : Maximilian de Vreeze.
Education: BA Liberal arts and Sciences, Major: Law in Europe exchange: Sciences Po Paris
Future projects: Expand “Lend a Hand” and further develop it into a sustainable and international NGO.
cName: Berry Sonnenschein
Education: Tilburg University – Bachelor in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Majoring in International & European Law.
Future projects:
African proverb – “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If     you want to go far, go together.”At this present moment, I have not given much thought on future products I would like to conduct in the same manner as I have dedicated much of my attention to Lend A Hand. Any project which I could possibly be a member of in the future will be joined in respect of the African proverb.cName: Doreen Verbakel
Education: BA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities Major
Future projects: Contributing to the development of Lend A Hand to make a difference for adolescents in South Africa.  In addition to this I would like to invite other people to get involved in this initiative to put in their own personal contribution....   leggi tutto

Today we have interviewed Rodrigo, a young Mexican guy who decided to move to Europe after his bachelor in Mexico. Rodrigo is really open minded and easy-going, he loves to travel as much as he can and get in touch with new people, especially with European students. According to his first impressions about living in the Netherlands, we might say «so far so good»....   leggi tutto

Today we have met Michael Spikmans, a Dutch student from Eindhoven who is doing his MSc at the Tilburg University.During his previous studies he mainly focused on ICT, what makes Michael a different student in the domain of Information Technology is the strong awareness about the pivotal role of human aspects. His main goal is to bridge the gap between  technology illiterates and digital tools which enable people to be more competitive in the job market....   leggi tutto

Hello EVA! Could you introduce yourself to Pequod’s readers?

Buenos días! My name is Eva I am a 24 years old girl who does not know how ended up in Tilburg. Sometimes when I’m walking along the streets it seems surreal living here.  I am totally into sports, I used to practice karate and now that I have moved to Tilburg I go to the University gym very often. I am always looking for justice and a new way to broaden my horizons which is the main reason why I am keen to become a good journalist....   leggi tutto

Hello Peta! Could you introduce yourself to Pequod’s readers?

Hey my name is Peta, I am 23 years old Australian-Swiss-Belgian student in Communication and Information Sciences and I am currently studying in Tilburg, the Netherlands. I love moving around, discovering new people and places (and food!!) and I would describe myself as being a free spirit, as cheesy as that may sound....   leggi tutto

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