My new year’s resolutions

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2016 was a special year- I was welcomed with open arms to the CSA family. Yet, there are great prospects for 2017. First of all, my Chinese friends Wu Wen en Xing Ya are coming to Ouwehands zoo this year! Together we will portray the symbol of friendship and keep the bond with China tight. Besides that, I have some resolutions to make 2017 even better!

  1. Learn a new language. I have always wanted to master the Chinese language. How cool would it be to learn the Chinese language with your fellow peers in an academic environment? CSA-EUR offers classes with student-friendly price, starting in the week of 17 January.
  2. Work on your career. Although I am quite young, I believe we are never too young to start going to inspiring career events.  Even though you are a first year or master student, there are plenty of activities on campus. China in Focus from 24 to 26 January will invite some interesting speakers and organize networking activities!
  3. Meet new people.  Last year, I met a bunch of awesome people in Blend Me In, Moon Festival and of course on campus. Want to cross this off your list as well? Meet me when you see me walking around campus or at social events of CSA. I would love to meet you!
  4. Become active on campus. Extracurricular activities are a must during your time as a student. Not only will it be beneficial for your career, you will also meet a lot of people. Basically, two resolutions in one! Keep an eye on our social media and website for upcoming recruitment periods. Who knows you will be our next president or marketing team member!
  5. Travel more. This is by far my favorite one. Especially, exploring new cultures even though you are on a tight budget. I cannot wait for this year’s study trip to Beijing AND Shanghai in March for 10 days.
  6. Never stop exploring: Last but not least, I want to make sure that 2017 is not just a year passed by, but it’s an adventurous ride.

Do you find yourself in this list? What are your new year’s resolutions? On behalf of CSA-EUR family, I wish you a happy 2017 and we will see each other soon!

 

Lots of hugs,

CSA Panda

 

First event of the year: Moon Festival 2016

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12027186_875071402570719_499416669940314139_oThe Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese people. Another term for this festival is the Moon Festival. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese Han calendar and the Vietnamese calendar. This is usually between mid September and the beginning of October. This year it is at Thursday 15th of September.

The three main concepts of the Mid-autumn festival are: –       Gathering. Family and friends come together. They share food and do activities together. Sometimes people give gifts to each other. –       Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest. This also consists of moon worship. The ancient Chinese believed in the association between rejuvenation and the moon. –       Praying, such as for a spouse, babies, health and more! Nowadays the festival is still celebrated. Family and friends come together and share the so called ‘Mooncakes’ and have dinner together. Traditionally they are round; this is a symbol for completeness and unity. The crust is thin, made of sugar, water and oil. The cake has a sweet, dense filling. The traditional filling of the mooncakes is lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste or jujube paste. Because CSA-EUR wants to give you the feeling of being in a family, we celebrate this festival by gathering in The VIP Room and share FREE mooncakes together! Of course we have multiple activities, such as karaoke and beer pong. It wouldn’t be a celebration of the Moon Festival if CSA-EUR does not have GIFTS. Therefore, during the night you can win BRONZE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP and more! Next to that, from 20.00-22.00h you can apply for FREE general membership for 5 years! Please click on attend at the Facebook event: Moon Festival 2016 and see you there! 11951501_875072342570625_5877568419445800067_o  11059687_875075272570332_664516052497866369_o