19 February 2019 • Martine Seijffert
Just a moment with Debby
“During my life, I haven’t built up any traditional friendships. That’s because I’m from the world of elite sport. You learn that you can make a lot of friends, but you can lose them too. My real friends don’t mind if they don’t see me for a while. When we do see each other again, everything is always fine. I played volleyball for international clubs which also meant I lived abroad. I’ve lived in Russia, Turkey, Poland, Azerbaijan and France. I gave up a lot to do this, but I gained a lot of life experience in return. You learn how to rely on yourself and how to deal with other cultures. It’s been one of the best periods of my life. The Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 were the best of all. This is what doing sport is all about. We came fourth. It was painful – I was almost able to touch the medal. However, there hadn’t been a Dutch volleyball team at the Olympic Games for 20 years, so now I look back on this with pride.”
Debby Stam (34) is a part-time student and in the fourth year of Nutrition & Dietetics
JUST A MOMENT
Over the course of a day, you see dozens of faces pass you 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.