The XXL Burger IBCoMpetition: IBA versus IBCoM

The third issue of IBCoMagazine has just been released. You may have had a chance to read it or look through it at least. Or you may have totally missed that memo and not even realised (how could you?!?). No worries though, for this week’s blog post I will touch upon one of the articles from the magazine; The XXL Burger IBCoMpetition.

This issue was centered on life outside of the IBCoM programme with hints, tips and tricks as to what to do in Rotterdam. My colleague Sandra Post and I came to an idea, with the help of our other IBCoMagazine team members (of course), to set up a burger eating competition at Eetcafe Concordia, as they are known for their 500-gram massive burger challenge.

Our idea was to get an IBCoM student and an IBA student to challenge one another into eating this gigantic burger to settle once and for all which international course is better. Our managing editor Reyhaan King volunteered as tribute and also dragged his housemate Mathias Günther (the IBA student) forth in participating.

After a few discussions with Eetcafe Concordia, it was finally here; Monday 27th of March 2017, the day of the XXL Burger IBCoMpetition. First Lloyd Schox, barman and co-owner of the establishment, repeated the rules to both gentlemen:

  1. Eat the entire burger with the side of fries and the salad in 30 minutes and you don’t have to pay for it
  2. You are only allowed water to help you and a condiment of choice for your fries
  3. If you go to the bathroom during the 30 minutes you are disqualified

About 15 minutes later, Lloyd and the cook walk out with two huge burgers of about 30 centimeters in height with a mountain of fries beside it. The timer was set and 3, 2, 1… off both boys went immediately stuffing their faces with the biggest chucks of meat, cheese and bacon ever seen.

Burger challengeThis eating rage continued for a full 15 minutes, when Matthias already started to slow down. He was skipping between his fries and his burger not making any real progress within the pressure of the time. Rey, however was still going strong and making sure that he was hydrated enough between every 4/5 bites or so.


At the 20-minute mark, Matthias was really struggling to even take a bite, but Rey was in the full lead as he had almost finished his burger and was now moving on to the fries by smothering them with mayonnaise.

25 minutes in and Matthias gave up to go to the bathroom, while Rey was working his way through his fries. He did start to realize now however, that in the time that was left he wasn’t going to finish the entire plate. So when the timer hit zero, both gentlemen had not succeeded in beating the Burger Challenge. However, in light of who was disqualified and who ate the most, it was established that Reyhaan was the winner! IBCoM is the best after all!

Burger challenge2

The funniest thing about the whole IBCoMpetition was the aftermath. Both Matthias and Rey had seriously gotten the meat sweats and were now holding on to their stomachs as if they were pregnant. Rey even lay down on the couches as he felt the weight of that amount of meat, cheese, bacon and fries settling in this stomach.

All of this, including the hilarious (for us, not for Rey and Matthias) aftermath, was filmed by our own art director, Joshua Kruter. I would highly recommend watching it to see all of these events unfold. Also don’t forget to check out Sandra’s take on this marvelous day in our magazine’s latest issue on a life outside of IBCoM (*whispers* also check out all of the other articles while you are at it!).

Will you be next to take on the Concordia Burger Challenge? Can you make it up on the Wall of Fame?

Humans of IBCoM: Ted’s story

He has a student assistant job at the IBCoM office, works as an ambassador, participates in the Coopr Honours Project, and manages to combine it all with an active social life: Ted Hoogkamer is hard to miss, if you’re one of his fellow third-year IBCoMmers. And that’s okay, because with his positivity and a tiny hint of fun craziness, his company is a delight. With his exchange behind him and the thesis deadline drawing closer every day, Ted’s IBCoM adventure has almost come to an end. A good moment to look back on the last three years of his life. This is Humans of IBCoM: the Ted Edition.

Aussie for six months
About two seconds into our conversation, Ted mentions his exhange to Sydney for the first time, and he visibly lifts up a little. This semester abroad was something he looked forward to from the minute he set foot on our campus, and at the start of this academic year, the time was finally there. “My time in Sydney was incredible. I lived in a cute suburb called Coogee, two minutes from the beach, so you can imagine I tanned my ass off. One of my best memories is when I took a week-long road trip with three friends, playing music, singing along like crazy with this beautiful scenery. It was just before we went back home, so I was extremely happy about the amazing experiences, but also sad that it was coming to an end. That was such a mind-blowing feeling. Australia was the dream I imagined it to be, but my exchange there also made me realise that there’s still a lot of stuff that needs to change there. The Aboriginal people, for example, have gone through so much and are still not recognised as the first people there. Learning about that in my university courses and hearing about it from Aboriginal friends was very interesting, but also quite painful.” What he missed most while he was there? His friends and family, with whom he would have liked to share all his great experiences. That, and cheap vodka.

Busy, busy, busy
When he got back to Rotterdam, Ted dove straight back into his busy life after reuniting with his friends and family. “I enjoy the thrill of being busy, it keeps me going. Sometimes I wake up and freak out a little, but then I remember what it’s all for. For my future, but also for me. Doing nothing for a while can be nice, but I get an existential crisis after two days. And I can manage work and social life very well. I always know how to combine the little pieces; when I have to do work in Amsterdam I can meet a friend there after, for example. I love my friends and family, so I don’t have a problem making time for them.” One of the things he is currently busy with, of course, is his thesis. “My research is about the LGBTQI+ community – the abbreviation keeps getting longer – and how to include them in advertising and campaigning. This is a target group that needs to be reached, but including them can also scare straight audiences away. I’m diving into the view of straight audiences, how they respond to gay inclusion in campaigns and how to improve it, ultimately. In times like these, where we have gay marriage and the freedom of social media, it should be normal that this community is represented in advertising and campaigns. I hope that one day, it will be possible to remove the labels altogether, to get full acceptance of everyone. That may not be realistic right now, but I’m hopeful.”

Approaching the finish line
“After three years of IBCoM, I am ready to graduate and challenge myself more. I know how to get good grades here in IBCoM; I cracked the code here, so to speak. I’m ready for something new, to go out into the big world and get more responsibility. I’m taking a gap year to get some more experience in the field of PR and figure out what I really want to do. After that, I would love to go abroad again. My dream destinations are San Fransisco, Seattle, Berlin, and Copenhagen, there are so many options. I’m ready to take on new challenges and see where life takes me, but at the same time, I already feel nostalgic. My time in IBCoM has been amazing and I’m going to miss it a lot. I really found my place here, and made friends that I know I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. No matter what mood we are in, we always make each other laugh. The happiest moments of my life happened here. So graduating has two sides, really.”

To everyone else who is just starting this journey, he has one bit of advice: “Enjoy your student life while it lasts. Work hard, definitely, but enjoy every moment of it to the fullest. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride, but it’s gonna be a quick one, too.”

Camiel & Ted

How to make the best of your (birth)day when you’re dying at work

Thinking of my birthdays in the past, they were always a lot of fun. I was never into celebrating them, but I would get to spend a day surrounded by those who cared for me. Which is all I could ever really ask for.

This year, however, I spent my birthday at my internship, working 9-to-5 in Amsterdam. While it’s definitely a fun experience, saying that every single day is awesome would be an exaggeration. So that day, I had to make the best of the situation at hand. Are you in dire need of some inspiration, too? These tips may help:

  1. Make your commute something worthwhile. Traveling from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is no easy feat, but I got through it by catching up on some TV shows and getting myself a coffee in the morning. This simple act kept me awake all the way until my stop and ensured I didn’t miss work.
  2. When at work, make things a little more fun for yourself. Usually when I’m having a bad day (i.e. I didn’t sleep enough) I blast a lot of music and take breaks from non-stop writing to doodle a little on paper. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, maybe even grab a snack. For my birthday, my editor helped me decorate my desk, which made for a really lively environment.
  3. Food! If you’re having a drab day, food can be the key. At my office, we have lunch as a collective, so I made some rad eggs on toast with hot sauce, and used some leftover Easter sprinkles to create a sweet treat. Sometimes going out of your way to make your meals appealing is relaxing, too. Plus, it made for a rad addition to our Snapchat story that day.
  4. Make plans after work! Honestly, if you’re going to have to spend the day with people you don’t know very well, you might as well meet up with friends and family after to just have a little bit of fun. The night before, I went to KINO to see the premiere of Get Out (very much recommended!) and the day of I traveled home where my mother made a vegetarian feast and peanut butter chocolate muffins. Mm. I slept very well that night.

The transition to adult life is not an easy one. If you’re having a drab day, be it at university or work, or if a day like your birthday isn’t going the way you planned, you can lift yourself up. As said on one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Parks and Recreation: “Treat Yo Self!”