Chapter 14: Raising Expectations

We raise expectations towards the world, towards others, and certainly towards ourselves. We raise them consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Expectations are either met or failed, and the challenge is to keep expectations realistic, so that we do not get disappointed as easily and often.

Chapter 13: Introspection

Turning inwards when you feel lost to re-discover your path ahead again, or turning inwards to make meaning of yourself and life. This chapter features two short, philosophical reflections on big questions in life, namely the search for meaning and purpose

Chapter 11: Facing peer pressure

We have all seen the ugly face of peer pressure before. Peer pressure is so powerful that it can make us ditch our principles, values, and habits, only because we want to belong. Facing it is not easy, but together we can do it!

Chapter 9: The journey is the destination

Recently, this saying has been on my mind a lot. Contemplating about it, I realised that as a child, even as a teenager, I never truly understood what it meant. I had not actively felt it, experienced it, embodied it, and thus, I had not understood it in its full depth.

Chapter 5: To my fellow perfectionists

Living life as perfectionist comes with its advantages and disadvantages. If we are not careful, we can easily end up being enslaved to our perfectionism.

Chapter 4: Living off 10 Pounds per week and other depressing student realities

I am guessing that you expect a Fresher to be careless, reckless, and inexperienced. You probably associate a Fresher with a young adult who is celebrating their freedom and rite of passage by drinking extensively and partying harder than studying. I do not intend to confirm this stereotype. Instead, I want to challenge this image of the typical life as first year student.