As a Law student, you have to celebrate the little things. Well, at least that is the philosophy I am trying to live by and make it a little sweeter than it actually is. On Wednesday (Oct 15th), I had to defend a case of which priorly I had to write a 2000 word Memorial about. I had to pull an all-nighter to actually finish it, but I made it. Now Presentation-time rolled around and I would say I had an excellent “partner in crime”, but given the situation, talking law and stuff, “crime” might be inappropriate 😉
Ok, so since quite some time already I am a big Swoozie fan. (you don’t know who that is?! Look him up, right now!) But I just watched this video of him:
Human Rights. Something that is very dear to my heart and something I care about a lot. Already as a child, the tender age of 9, I wanted to be a Defense Lawyer in order to make sure that Human Rights were respected and obeyed. I guess this is what you get when you face bullies in Kindergarden, you have family in a very troublesome country in Africa, slavery is a part of your heritage and you still have faith in humanity and a very developed sense of helping where you can.
While sometimes, I do have the feeling of “hating people with a vengeance” when they particularly annoy me in my every day, but so far I have not completely gave up on them because I do believe that every person has something good inside of them. I refuse to believe that people were born evil, they become evil with time.
After saying this, I do believe that with one step at a time, we can make a better world, therefore I would like you to sign this Amnesty International “Stop Torture. Start Now.” Campaign. Show your support of ending these gruesome measures that some individuals inflict on other human beings, for the oddest reasons ever. No one has ever deserved such treatment and should never have to endure it under no circumstances! Ever. And yet, it happens every day in too many different places. The most in prisons, that have been established by States that owe their citizens and all people on their territory security.
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” – Article 5, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Since I started participating in Model United Nations, I am actively following the work of various NGOs, Amnesty International is one of them. Often I have read the stories that they share and too often they bring tears to my eyes because it hurts me how one can hurt someone else in such a way.
Therefore, it is time to ACT! Start here and now!
You want to know what the weather is like currently here in Maastricht? Moody. It is only October, but it feels like November on its period. Crazy windy, raining cats and dogs and at some random moment, the sky decides “ok, I’m done! My tears are all out!” and the sun shines for a brief moment until someone probably mentions something particularly touchy and the sky is back to “Why?! Did you have to say that?” Here come the tears…
Approximately, at least.
Basically, I don’t really dress anything nice or fun or special in such conditions, especially not when I have to bike my way to Uni. But, I thought that I could share an older OOTD from when I was in Berlin back in August. It was summer and sunny and warm and all the good things with a cherry on top 😉
“Hein, a mandril isn’t that some sort of Monkey?” I hear you asking.
Well, ok, you are not completely wrong, but I am talking about a different Mandril here.
“The Mandril Cultural and Political Centre is an open space for active participation in collective creative culture in Maastricht, the Netherlands. There are weekly events organized by many volunteers and there is the possibility for everyone to get involved. Some of the events that are already happening at the Mandril are jam sessions, theater and dance, yoga and massage, FreeSkool workshops, movies, presentations and discussion rounds.” – Mandril website
There you go, that is what I am talking about. I went to their (Re-)Opening Day on Sunday evening with a handful of friends and here is what I have to say:
Last Tuesday, the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) here in Maastricht organized an American Frat Party. I have never attended such a party before, so I had no idea what to wear and how to dress. After checking Pinterest, which is my go-to page, where I found nothing useful except some Freshman-tips on how to behave on your 1st Frat party, I had to come up with something.