New year, new writer – everything you need to know about 2023

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Hello hello! (Or as the Dutch like to say- Hoi hoi!)

A new year means new beginnings, fresh starts and more importantly- a new and refreshed blog! 

To start off with, my apologies for the first post starting only well into the second quarter. It’s taken this author some time to get settled into this new course, new country and new life. But fret no more, because what you have coming your way is a whole lot of exciting new content! 

With the rains showing no signs of letting up for a while, what better thing to do than curl up indoors with a warm drink and a blogpost to read. Over the next few months, I’m hoping to bring to you a couple of posts that touch on topical issues relevant to us as MBE students and future practitioners in the built environment. We’ll cover a host of themes ranging from our favourite buzzwords (think circularity, recession, management!) along with some supporting posts for the BOSScast (don’t forget to listen to the latest episode, out now on Spotify!). However I’d very much like this to be a two way street so feel free to send across your comments and suggestions my way! 

If you’ve read this far, I’m going to assume you’re already a BOSS member, but if for some reason you’re not- let me give you a few reasons to sign up right away. We’re about five months into the new academic year and it’s largely been one colourful fun blur thanks to BOSS! Being a BOSS member gives you access to really interesting avenues- academic, professional and most importantly fun! The Education committee has organised two very interesting lunch lectures, with the last one including a very insightful presentation by the Municipality of Utrecht covering what working in the public sector entails! It doesn’t hurt that you get a delicious (and free, but most importantly delicious!) meal to accompany you. 

The Company Relations Committee organised two theme days and one business tour where students got the opportunity to visit company offices and their project locations. Besides giving a vantage point into how the field functions, students also had the chance to interact with professionals! However, don’t worry if you haven’t been able to attend any of these events, there’ll be more headed your way so be sure to keep an eye out! 

Now as the popular saying goes, all work and no play would make Jack a dull boy, and the Activities Committee makes sure we’ve got more than a healthy dose of fun stuff to look forward to. They’ve kept us entertained so far with a pub crawl, a bowling night, Masters drinks at the Bouwpub and Christmas drinks to end the year strong and with the merriest of spirits. After a long week tackling subjects like DCM and REM- these really fun events give us a much deserved breather and I can’t wait to see what else the Committee has lined up for the rest of the year! 

Speaking of the Christmas drinks- if you haven’t heard already, the Study Trip destination has been revealed and *drumroll* we’re going to beautiful JAPAN! (Oh god, all that delicious ramen, my excitement cannot be contained!) We’ve got limited spots available so don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for when enrolment opens. 

I’m hoping I’ve convinced you that it’s well worth your time to become a BOSS member so sign up here: And if you’re still not convinced as yet- I’ve got a little over a semester of blogposts left to change your mind :D. 

So until next time,