4 July 2019 • Content team
Just a moment with Claudia Bulnes
I grew up in a little village in Spain, near the Picos de Europa. My very first teacher was the teacher you never wanted to have, the “anti-rolemodel”. I always thought: “This can be done differently!”. Since then I wanted to become a teacher.
It was a huge culture shock for me when I left home and went to study in the “big city”, and that was only an one-hour drive from home. When I came to The Netherlands as an Erasmus student, I basically knew nothing about this country, the university and the people. I hadn’t even bought a guidebook! But I adapted pretty quickly and gradually built up my life here. I met my husband while I was on exchange, graduated, began working as a teacher and had two children.
Inside I am still that girl from that little village in Spain but I’ve grown and got a much bigger outlook. I feel fortunate that I can see the world from different perspectives. Hopefully I can pass that on to my students as well. Learning, discovering and understanding different cultures has made my life a lot richer.
Claudia Bulnes, International Policy Advisor and lecturer Spanish
JUST A MOMENT
Over the course of a day, you see dozens of faces passing by: in the Atrium, on the stairs, on your way to class. Behind each face is a unique story. This series of interviews, inspired by ‘Humans of New York’, gives readers a little peek into the lives of students and staff at THUAS.