About my blog

Hello! I'm graduating this year from the double master degree of Industrial Ecology en Science Communication at TU Delft. This blog is about my final year at TU; how do I get sick of TU Delft so I can start my "grown up life" without getting too nostalgic the rest of my life about "my" University. Enjoy reading :)



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Posted in June 2012

Happy news that destroys my thesis activities

Yes! I’m
chosen to represent TU Delft during the Nudge Leadership Challenge. The idea
behind this challenge is that professionals in the field of sustainability come
together and do assignments and stuff 3 days in September. And TU Delft wants
to send me!

But, this
means bad news for my thesis. I’m so excited that my brain keeps on drifting
away from the thesis work. I’m in the rewriting phase of my first draft …
Also not the most exciting part of the graduation process.  Hmmm .. maybe I should reframe the thesis
writing… maybe I can also make this a challenge. Today’s challenge? Finish
chapter 2. Tomorrow’s challenge? Uhm… Having a great weekend. Monday’s
challenge, write chapter 3!! In this way I should be able to finish before the
23th of July, the final date in which I have to deliver my thesis to my
supervisors. Wish me a lot of challenged luck please :).

Oh yeah!
Here are some platypus babies, too cute right? If you want to see more of the images I love, look at my pinterest account


PS: If you’re not smiling after the platypus babies photo I’m afraid your heart is made of stone.  

Writing again

Did you think I was almost finished with my graduation work when I posted this message: "Green light, part 1 of 2"? Well… Think again! Today I’m crawling through my introduction, carefully rethinking which paragraphs to write and finding words that sound scientific enough. The frustration continues. 

I’ve got a brain that tends to diverge from whatever I’m doing. If I say: OK! Brain, focus: Let’s write this beast of an introduction. I start with the first sentence and the brain starts protesting. Merel! You need to read a bit more about this thing you want to write about. Stop writing, start googling. And when googling starts, my introduction writing ends. Hours later after I checked mail, facebook, twitter, facebook, blog, mail, twitter, mail, google, random webpage, facebook, twitter …. the day ends. Arg! 

But today will be different, today I’ll go and tackle my natural ways of distraction. I sit and type, that’s all. And tonight I’ll dream about my thesis writing and tomorrow I’ll sit and type again. Boring times ahead, but you don’t get your academic diploma by doing nothing (unfortunately).  

I’ll be famous soon… According to spam

Wow, we love your work, you’ll be famous soon, high quality articles … too bad spam engines are giving me all these compliments and not my actual readers 😛 




Tiny Street Art

My Austrialian friend named Poppy used to paint tiny portraits of houses on the sidewalks before them. One time, a lady living in a house being painted came outside, thanked the artist, and gave her a box of eggs in graduatute. "First I thought you were a bit of a scary girl", she said, "but then I saw the beautiful painting you did and now I find you incredible". The lady even took out the slab of concrete the painting was made on to put it in her house.

This is such an amazing story I think, and Poppy does many awesome projects (click here for her portfolio). I love tiny street art, and I take this space to share my favourites 🙂 Enjoy! 



Above Poppy’s amazing work 🙂

Below more amazing tiny street art 


Green light, part 1 of 2

Ok, I learned from a blogging workshop to NEVER begin a blog like this [apparently you raise expectations too much, resulting in disappointment of the reader], but today this blog deserves a great start. What’s the occasion you might wonder; the happy news is my positive green light meeting of this morning. 

This was the first of two green light meetings. For those who don’t know what a green light meeting is, it’s a meeting 6 weeks before your final presentation (in my case … 2.5 months before my final presentation because my supervisors are on holidays until my graduation date, the 24th of August). The idea is that you get a 6 in this meeting, so the lowest grade possible to graduate with. I can choose now, sit on my lazy bum until August, and receive a 6, or work very hard and get a higher grade. I intend to go for the second option! 

So back to work for me, ciao!

My research in a nut shell (thanks to the amazing website wordle.net


I’m back!

I could
almost walk on the bags under my eyes … but I succeeded, my graduation report
is finished! Or at least, it’s good enough for the green light meetings that I
have tomorrow and Monday.

So good
news for my blog, I will treat you well again. I promise to you, my dear blog,
that I will type my latest brainwaves and crazy adventures. Every day, or every
other day, my fingers will dance over my keyboard producing NON SCIENTIFIC fun blog

Hm, the
problem is that I only have thesis related brainwaves and my biggest adventure
lately was choosing the colour of the bind of my report. I doubt whether that’s
interesting to read. Oh no! I became boring! Damn you, evil thesis



 Finished reports! 

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