Blog and opinion
|28 March 2018 • Fenna Hup
Are you also really longing for spring?
“Madam, what is your favourite colour?” the student asked me. “Um, red,” I answered in surprise and I promptly had a gigantic bunch of red tulips pushed into my arms. We had almost reached the end of the enormous hall where the flowers were being readied for transport at a run because I had another appointment. Gesticulating frantically, the student had told me about the flowers that we ran past. “This lot is going to France, our biggest client, and those are all going to Norway. This man arranges everything for the UK.” And thus we crossed the hall rapidly, the student ‘high fiving’ left, right and centre because he knew everyone there. As a teenager, he had packaged flowers here himself.
Now he works ‘upstairs’ in the office, working hard on his graduation research. We had just spoken to his company supervisor. The student is researching an appropriate quality assurance system that will help take the flower and plant transport company’s – the number of whose zeros in its turnover would make you dizzy – operations a step further. It is wonderful for a lecturer-supervisor to see that a student can not only develop and grow in what is a familiar company, but can also do so at an unfamiliar level in that company. In his last term at THUAS he can demonstrate what he has learned over the last few years and that he is able to run this type of practical research. Will he be able to apply the theories correctly? Will he be able to use his knowledge and observations? And will he be able to formulate useful and usable recommendations for the company?
This will all be revealed in a couple of months. It is an exciting time for the graduating students that will leave THUAS this academic year. It is also exciting for those that stay and who want or have to pass their foundation programme. And then there’s the excitement for those that want to come here but have to do their final exams first. The promise of spring is hanging in the air. And the red tulips are in full bloom. I hope that all the talented students will bloom just as beautifully. I wish you all much good luck!
While blogger Wypkje van der Heide is enjoying maternity leave, lecturer Fenna Hup stands in for her. Fenna’s motto is: ‘Do good things even better.’ And then not alone, but together with the education team, her Facility Management students and professionals from practice.