INKOM: day 1, Registration and Opening

The first day of an introduction week like the INKOM, marks a special moment for all the new students of Maastricht University and Zuyd Hogeschool. It’s with a lot of good memories of past years that we, Ashika and Brian, stood at the registration point of this wonderful week this morning. The big-eyed, tiny bit intimidated first-year students looked at us as we were snapping pictures for the blog and for Facebook.

Signs are clear.. This is where the magic happens ;)

Signs are clear.. This is where the magic happens. © Brian Megens

Before meeting their mommies and daddies (what the older students are called that have volunteered to lead a group of “freshers”), the young students are put together, listening to an English-speaking MC, who’s making them laugh and gets them excited for the rest of the day, with the official Opening of the INKOM taking place that evening.

A sea of students, waiting to be led to their groups

A sea of students, waiting to be led to their groups.. © Brian Megens 

More students..

More students.. On their way to their “mommies and daddies”. © Brian Megens

There was an information market with several stands of political student organisations, expat and exchange associations and the trusty provider of coffee for Maastricht ‘Coffeelovers’ was also supplying the masses with caffeine.

Two girls from an association

Two girls from an association. © Brian Megens 

The Coffeelovers stand

The Coffeelovers stand.. YUM! © Brian Megens

In the evening the Opening took place. With performances of the well-known Dutch artist Nielson, and We had a good position to take the atmosphere, the artists and the whole scenario in, the balcony of the Town Hall of Maastricht. To experience what the first evening was like, scroll through the impressions below!

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The stage on the Markt. © Brian Megens

 

The opening speeches of the INKOM.  © Brian Megens

The opening speeches of the INKOM. © Brian Megens

 

The City Hall on the Markt.  © Brian Megens

The City Hall on the Markt. © Brian Megens

There was a buzz of excitement in the air.  © Brian Megens

There was a buzz of excitement in the air. © Brian Megens

A big amount of students filled the Markt.  © Brian Megens

Just wow! © Brian Megens

 

 

Blogpost by Ashika Baan, Photography by Brian Megens

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