Humans of IBCoM: Leland’s Story

Humans of IBCoM is back again with the story of a third year IBCoM student: Leland! He was born in Surinam, but has been living most of his life in Rotterdam. He is currently working at a Dutch PR company, called Het Portaal. This is his story.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?  

“My name is Leland and I am a 3rd year IBCoM student! I am currently working part time
at a PR company, called Het Portaal. I was born in Surinam, but when I was about six months old, my family moved to Rotterdam. So, I was almost born 3-leland-sorentinoin Rotterdam. I am a big fan of FC Bayern, which is a famous football club in München and I love trying out new kinds of food at restaurants.”

Why did you choose to study IBCoM at the Erasmus University?

“The reason I wanted to study IBCoM is because I wanted to study the broad field of communication and media. The study of C&M is very open and unlimited. Also, since you do not need profound background knowledge to study IBCoM, it is good that anyone can participate and engage in class conversation using their own perspective and thoughts.”

As a third year student, what is your evaluation of IBCoM in overall?

“Well, I didn’t have much expectations when I first started studying IBCoM, so everything was interesting for me!  I really enjoyed listening to various kinds of seminars and elective courses in my second year. What I particularly like about the field of communication is that everything, from business to psychology, involves communication. The possibility to combine IBCoM courses with business courses and minors in psychology and many other fields really brings those links to life. Therefore, I am pretty much content with all IBCoM courses and also about the international atmosphere of the department. Communicating with people from different backgrounds and cultures is always very exciting.”

Can you tell us more about your current part time job at the PR company?

“Since June, I have been working at Het Portaal, which is a Dutch PR company in Rotterdam. I am working as a junior project assistant. My job at the company is to support the community manager and the editor in their daily work. I also keep up with the statistics and create my own content on social media. Other than that, I engage in community work by communicating with the stakeholders and making sure that everything is spinning in the right way.  What personally like about my job is that I am able to work for business sustainability management, which has good cause and effect to the society as a whole.”

Any recommendations for IBCoM students when looking for an internship?

“I think it will be a little bit difficult for international students, since most companies are looking for Dutch intern students. However, I think there are still many opportunities when you search through social networks and internship websites. Using Linkedin can also be very helpful. Actually, my first choice for an internship was at a different company, but for now, I really like my job at Het Portaal.”

What is your plan after graduating IBCoM?

“Career wise, I would like to focus on business sustainability. I want to get to the chief executive position of a corporation in order to be able to change the people’s mindset and to create a sustainable environment for everyone. That is the ultimate goal for my career now. Other than career related plans, I would like to travel around the world. Also, it is my personal goal to explore every restaurant in Rotterdam since I love trying different kinds of food.”

This was Leland’s story about his professional experiences in the field of communication and media. Thanks for reading our third HOI and please stay tuned on our blog since there are more posts coming up!

Exchange Story: My Dream Exchange in Sydney

Unlike most other exchange students, I was officially done with all my classes and assignments here at University of New South Wales (UNSW) a few weeks ago. I couldn’t be happier or more excited to start the second part of this adventure, which in my case means TRAVELING! An exchange in Australia is just in so many ways different than anywhere else, because I had to start school here in the middle of our summer break (July), but this also means I finish so much earlier than normal. This gives me almost 3 months off to do whatever I want.

More importantly though, what makes it different, is that you’re in freaking Australia and I can promise you there is no place like this. Especially studying in Sydney is just a dream come true, because everyday literally feels like a holiday, I know the EUR staff wouldn’t be stoked to hear it, but school just doesn’t seem to exist here and you can always go on a new adventure and explore something else, within the city but also just outside of it. The weather is perfect the entire time and this city has everything you can wish for. The Central Business District (CBD), which is the heart of the city with the harbour, huge parks and sky scrapers will remind you of Manhattan, while the Eastern Suburbs with Bondi and other beautiful beaches, cliffs and nature are just 30 minutes away.ilayda

Another great thing is that the culture is very similar to ours, but then with a more laidback atmosphere and likeminded, fun people. All the people here are friendly and helpful and the fact that you’re surrounded by internationals far from home, makes you feel more at home.

I understand that the other side of the world might sound really far to some people and this could influence your choice, but I honestly haven’t felt far from home once! In the beginning, there were of course a few moments that I thought: Ilayda, what the hell are you doing, you can barely take care of yourself in Rotterdam! How will you survive Australia?! However, life is so easy here that it actually scares me to go back even more!

Just a quick example of what a regular day of mine could look like here: I wake up around 10:30 with a small hangover – this could be applicable to any day because in Sydney you can get down every day of the week – I put on my bikini underneath my regular clothes and throw a towel and sunscreen (VERY IMPORTANT) in my schoolbag. Then, I take a bus to school for my 12-13:30 class and, when I arrive at campus, I quickly get an awesome, huge sushi salmon avocado roll for 3 AU$, which is very cheap, because I was too lazy to make breakfast. Then, I listen to the teacher talk for 1,5 hours and after this, I rush to Bondi Beach to nap, swim, surf and tan for a few hours with friends. Finally, I get dressed up to go to CBD for dinner, a few drinks and I just see where the night takes us.

By Ilayda Hagens

Exchange Story: What Makes Exchange Awesome

The moment I’m writing this, I’m already half-way through my time in San Francisco. San Francisco, a city that I was not familiar with at all until three months ago, which now feels like my second home. Exchange is something that changes you in a good way: you go to a femkecompletely different and unfamiliar city, you meet new people and you learn about different cultures or ways of living. For me, meeting new people is already the most awesome thing of my whole exchange. I made friends from all over the world and this enables me later on to visit a lot of different cities all over the world with a personal guide.

Personally, I am pretty easy-going when it comes to meeting new people and making friends, but I think going on exchange is exciting for everyone. In the beginning, you will always ask yourself if you would make enough friends there, which makes it pretty scary.  However, I can assure you that this is the easiest thing ever. Everybody who’s there on exchange is in the same situation as you and their biggest concern is to make new friends, so you’ll have a ton of friends in no time.

Besides meeting new people, traveling to different areas of the world is another amazing part of your exchange. Currently, I am studying in San Francisco, but I have visited Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, a few Natural parks and, in a couple of weeks, I will be visiting San Diego and Las Vegas. Being able to see many different places during your time as an IBCoM student is just amazing. I think traveling enriches a person’s life, as it provides new knowledge that you would never be able to learn from a book. For example, I have seen the biggest tree that exists on this planet; I knew that it was relatively close to San Francisco and I did read about this natural park, but experiencing something like that is indescribable. So, I am not even going to try do that – the only thing I would say in this case, come and see for yourself!

By Femke Bijl