It’s the end of the month, which means another Get To Know Me(mber) and for this blog, we interviewed Kas Gubbels! Kas has been involved with EOS for two years already and has visited a lot of activities. You might even know him as the Foosball Table Champion! With such a great reputation, it felt like a good time to get to know him a little bit more!
Hi Kas, welcome! Would you like to tell me a little about yourself?
“A little bit about myself… I’m Kas. I live in Uilenstede in Amstelveen but I rather say Amsterdam of course haha. I study Political Science and I am now in my second year of the bachelor. First I lived in Nijmegen with my parents but I live here now for one in a half years already… This year I also did a minor in Literature and next year I´m finishing my Political Science Bachelor and I´m also going to do Scandinavian studies in University of Amsterdam so I´m looking forward to that.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“Recently I joined the gym again so now I try to go to the gym a few times a week and I read quite a lot, I am also busy with eating out with friends”
Why did you decide to study at the VU?
“I knew that I wanted to do political science and that you have 5 locations in the Netherlands where you can do that… One is Nijmegen, where I am originally from, but I thought that if I stay in Nijmegen, I will just stay home and live with my parents. You also have a few other places, but they are difficult to get to by train because they are quite long rides. I then yeah I shifted almost entirely to Amsterdam and you have two options in Amsterdam of course; the UVA and the VU. I knew someone who did it on the VU so I asked him if he liked it here and he said ‘yes, very much.’ My original plan was to go by train every day, but it was still 1.30 hours for a train which is quite long, but then in the first week of my studies I got a room at Uilenstede, so I had to move in in two weeks… so pretty lucky”
Pretty lucky indeed! So, when did you join EOS?
“I joined it immediately, I was in all the events in introduction week. Introduction week was still in Corona, there were Covid measures so the VU didn’t organize that much, but EOS made quite a lot of events, therefore I joined EOS immediately. You can also get a lot of discounts on your study books, which was also pretty nice. Then I saw they had committees that you could do and I thought I would wait, but then Max (a friend of mine) was doing a committee back then, the Winter Sports I think and I saw how much he enjoyed it so when the February committees came around, I decided to join one of those and took part of the intro-week. Then we organized the International Business trip to London last year, so yeah, that was an amazing experience.”
Why did you choose your committee?
“I chose to do the International Business trip Committee because I thought it is amazing to work towards a certain goal, when you´re doing a trip you don’t have to do stuff every week, but you are working months towards a goal. Now I’m doing the Yearbook Committee, it’s a bit of the same idea, we work toward certain goals so we can deliver a product for all the committee members.”
What is the thing you like the most about EOS?
“The people. Yeah, there are a lot of fun events and it’s not mandatory to come of course but every time you come there are a lot of people and you can choose which events you like the most. So yeah that’s really nice and you go to borrels at the VU but also in the city center so you can get to know different places there, but also get to know different people. I also study a lot with friends, I sit here (at the FoyEOS) because the VU is quite busy, all the seats are always taken already, so you can always sit here and yeah that’s quite nice.”
While having many fun memories of EOS activities, we were wondering what his favorite experience at EOS is.
“I would say the business trip to London, that was amazing. It was an amazing week, I got to meet a lot of new members of EOS of course, a lot of first years but also got to meet friends of mine better in that week because you are so close in that week. It was amazing to deliver such a trip to everyone and that everything worked out in the end.”
So… last question. Do you have any recommendations for people who may want to join EOS next year?
“Why not join EOS? You get discounts in your books, you get to know a lot of people. There are a lot of active people in the moment so when you come in the FoyEOS there is a lot of people that want to get to know you and if you know a few people you will get to know more.”
I totally agree Kas, thanks for the interview!
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Featured member: Kas Gubbels, Chair of the Yearbook Committee, 2022 – 2023
Interview done by: Annette van Hasselt, Chair of the Media Committee