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New quarter new colour

New quarter, new colour

You might have noticed that writing is a passion of mine (or else I wouldn’t be in the publications committee as the writer of articles). However, writing in English, which isn’t my mother tongue, comes with new challenges and findings for me. Therefore, my passion is getting challenged with every blog I write. I struggle with multiple things when writing, but foremost; is the way I phrase my sentences the correct way of expressing my feelings and opinions? Maybe I am too blunt about my topics and writing style. But that doesn’t stop me from performing ony of my biggest passions; creative writing. 

When you look up the word passion in the dictionary you will find that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something or someone. Being passionate is something beautiful, but it could also be something dangerous. It is a fiery emotion that could create tunnel vision or even anger. However, during my masters it was argued that anger isn’t necessarily a bad thing to achieve things. I do not agree with that. I agree with the theory of the philosopher Hume. According to him we need passion as well as reason to fuel our motivation. I don’t think anger fits into the picture of motivation. 

In the introduction I was talking about my passion for writing. Don’t even start thinking that is the only passion I have! Passion is in all little crooks and corners even with the things you don’t like. After almost two years of not studying, I noticed that studying is something I don’t like. I am talking about die hard reading, learning all the facts and cram things into your head. However I do see acquiring new knowledge as another passion of mine, which is strange for my adversity of studying. 

During the last quarter I wrote about the colour yellow and happiness. Now we got into the second quarter it is time for a new colour and new topics to write about. Guess what? I will make you guess the new colour based on the topic of this article. Let me know what colour you think will be next. Will it be blue, green or red?

Cheers to a new colour,

Valerie

Yellow isn’t really a happy color

Yellow isn’t really a happy color

Following up on my last post I made the decision to call you out and let you create an opinion on the color yellow. There are many opinions about this color. Some people find it ugly, some people think it’s pretty and for others it is their favourite color. But the foremost opinion on the color yellow is that it is a happy color. This opinion creates an opportunity to switch out the topic of this blog to the emotion; happy. Over the past two years I haven’t considered myself happy all the time. The corona virus took a toll on everyone, but that made me wonder; is there a way to achieve ultimate happiness?

I think almost everyone had a moment of despair during COVID. A moment where happiness just faded away and hopelessness took over. Amongst you are thousands of other students. For some time student’s mental problems have been addressed in the news. However, not seeing it on the news anymore doesn’t mean the problem just goes away. With bringing up this problem, I want to encourage you to contact that one seemingly lonely person in your study group, distanted friend or even roommate. Maybe they are that one student who feels lonely or sad or developed anxiety or depression. Even a message with you thinking about them could help them feel a little more happy. 

So, what about the ultimate happiness? Being happy is something that we could see as relative. It depends on how you look at it. Your moment of  happiness could be a minority for someone else. Somehow everyone seems to compare their happiness to each other. But why and how? There is no such thing as a happiness meter that you can use to compare yourself to other people. Think about your moments of happiness for a second. You will probably notice that it lies within your memories and thoughts and makes you happy for some time. 

To conclude, this blog I think achieving ultimate happiness all the time isn’t possible. It means shutting out some of your other emotions, which wouldn’t be a great addition to your mental health. However, you could achieve happiness by thinking about your happy moments and doing things that make you happy. Even sharing a happy moment with others will cheer you up. Come and share your happiness with me at the bouwpub during the BOSS q2 drinks on november 17th?! 

Cheers to being happy and creating new happy moments, 

Valerie

Cheers to new beginnings!

Cheers to new beginnings!

The beginning of a year can be very hard. Especially when starting a new job, study or moving to a new city or even country. It means making new friends, finding a new way of working or even getting to know the neighbourhood and finding your new favourite bar. For us, the publications committee, it was a new beginning too. New people to work with, a busy master schedule and publication deadlines to meet  didn’t make things easy. But here we are; Sarah, Frank, Carlota, Noah and me (Valerie). We are going to provide you this year with juicy blog posts, blooming podcasts, a lively yearbook and last but not least shining social media output! 

This year we took a different approach to the publications committee and decided we wanted to have a theme as a thread throughout our year. It is something that has never been done before, which makes it an experiment for us. An experiment that hopefully engages you to the publications committee a bit more. 

For this year’s theme we chose colours. Why colors, you might ask? Colours can be linked to different emotions, objects, companies and even personalities. For every quarter in the academic year of the TU Delft we chose a colour. We picked 4 colours that we thought were most resilient and we could link a lot of subjects to. The four colors we picked are yellow, red, green and blue. Three primary colors and one secondary color. It is almost like the four seasons. Yellow for the summer and sun, red for the fall leaves, green for spring and blue for snow and winter. What the exact order of the colors will be is still a secret, but you will find out along the way. 

This year the articles are not going to be what they used to be. I am going in a different direction this year. No stuffy 2000 word long essays, but short and opinionated blog posts. As different or opposing opinions ignite interesting conversations and we need conversations to question previous assumptions to evolve. I think creating an opinion is one of the most important things to learn in life, so here is an interesting, paradoxical  statement I would like to introduce to you: Yellow isn’t a happy colour. Do some research and let me know what your opinion is. 

Cheers to new opinions!

Valerie