Blog & Opinion
10 April 2019 • Floris van der Heijde
No Flex Programme
In the middle of year two, all second-year Communication classes were called to attend a meeting entitled: Flex programme. A new initiative that was probably designed by fairly well educated people. Normally, students follow a set programme in their third and fourth year. But in the flex programme, students can pretty much decide what they want to do themselves. The third and fourth year were divided in four semesters. Next there are four programmes that we can schedule for ourselves: minors, majors, advanced internship and graduation.
What will you do first?
Some people began an internship in their third year, whereas others started with a minor. For me everything went quite smoothly. During my holidays I had carefully thought about how I would organise my third and fourth year. “I’m going to do my minors and majors first to acquire as much theoretical knowledge as possible. Then in September of 2019 I’ll begin with an internship, followed by graduation. Excellent!”
What a surprise!
But then things went horribly wrong. My class was invited for a meeting by our self-guide coach. He had some bad news about the flex programme. The oh so wonderful flex programme that had been praised by the degree programme only a year earlier. The flex programme that every student in year three had already adjusted all their plans to. That very same flex programme was now discontinued.
I had an uneasy feeling, as if I had been some sort of guinea pig and the test had gone horribly wrong. But I am someone who believes in trying new things to try to get to better results. And sometimes things just go wrong. But what are the consequences?
What can I do?
Rumours started to circulate. One lecturer said I would be unable to do my internship in September. A week later another lecturer told me I could, but students who wanted to graduate in September couldn’t. We were also advised to find an internship close to the Hague, instead of abroad. Otherwise it would be difficult to resit any of the majors. So if you are a keen student who had already arranged an internship abroad, this was a problem. This type of communication caused a lot of uncertainty for me and many other students.
Tip from the target group
After a lot of communication back and forth, all the students’ problems were heard. Often good alternatives or solutions were found. I must admit that the THUAS’ approach wasn’t the best, but they did make the effort to listen to everyone. In the future, please make sure to provide clear communication. For example, make a brochure to outline all the changes. This will ensure that all lecturers provide the same information.
Floris van der Heijde is a third-year Communications student at THUAS. In his blogs he recounts typical student stories. He also greatly relishes sleeping in during the weekends (and preferably also during the week).