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!

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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?

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!”

 

Surviving the last term and making the most out of it

So much can change in a year. For first year students, this time last year we were either all in high school getting ready for our final exams, or were studying a completely different course; whilst this time this year, term four has officially begun and we are almost done with the first year of our study! For third year students, this time last year they were starting their internships, whilst now they are writing their final bachelor thesis and getting prepared to finish IBCoM after three years of hard work.

A lot can change, and it goes unrecognized and taken for granted. But rather than reflecting on the past and maybe what the future may hold, let’s focus on the present and how we can make the most of the 10 weeks we have left in the  IBCoM program before the summer and BA-2 starts or master studies, a potential job or a possible gap year for the third year students begins.

 

Here are 7 ways to survive the last term and make the most out it:

1// Stay organised!

Staying organised is the way to make sure you have time to do fun things and actually enjoy the study instead of doing things last minute and stressing about it later on as readings, assignments, and group projects accumulate on your todo list. This is easier said than done, but trying it out won’t hurt. Stay organised, work hard and finish strong!

2// Enjoy the outdoors

Hopefully when the sun decides to make another appearance in The Netherlands again, go out and enjoy the good weather and great vibes. Use the outdoors as study spots and go on picnics, enjoy the lake at Kralingse Plas, the river Maas or the beaches in The Hague, outdoor pubs, and so much more. Find a good balance between studying and having fun. Once the sun is out there is so much to do so make sure you benefit from it.

3//  Don’t stop making connections

You may already have your group of friends, but making new connections and friendships, is never a bad idea! Not only will it benefit you, it will benefit them as well. They don’t all have to be from IBCoM necessarily. The campus is filled with many students, studying a variety of things so the possibilities are endless!

4// Attend as many free events as possible

Facebook is a hub for social events as you all probably know, so why not say yes to all – if not some – of the Facebook invites you’ve gotten lately as well as try/ visit the suggested events Facebook recommends.

5// Do the most stereotypical university thing you can think of

Especially for the third year students, since for some of you the university and student life might come to an end as you slowly enter the “adult world”, use these last moments to truly embrace every aspect of the student life and all that comes with it.

6// Join student associations

Specifically for first year students, apply for positions in student association for BA-2. Not only are student associations a good way to socialise, they are also great for your resume. Early bird gets the worm, so starting early and signing up now will save you the time and stress during the application season next school year. Signing up now will also make you feel like you somewhat have your life together and it will also be something to look forward to for next year.

7// Plan a big trip with all your friends

Having an end goal will bring you motivation to finish successfully. Planning a trip and all the activities you can do during your travels is fun and exciting; and it is also something to anticipate after all the hard work is done!

Hope these tips help you survive the last term!