The first day is the moment to appear for the first time. When people don’t know yet who you are, what you do and what you want to achieve. It is usually a bit messy. You come without knowing where you go and how you gonna be welcomed. Therefore it is always a step to make. So basically, we had to start from zero. Figuring out what is possible in this big fortress: The student hotel. Fortunately, we have Pascal, who even without fully knowing who we are, gives us the keys of the house.
First we introduced ourselves to Bert, the chief of the cleaning team. He hired us immediately starting the very next day, cleaning the international students rooms.
Then, we wrote our first letter to the students. Here a little insight:
Dear international student,
Do you feel sometimes lost being far away from home, not yet grounded in your new country? Or.. the opposite, you feel like you are a new person ready for new adventures? Have you also wondered why people here eat shitty bread for breakfast and lunch.. But not for dinner? Or .. are you one of those lucky ones, who already figured everything about de DigiD with all the doors that it opens?
Whoever you are, Welcome to Groningen. We are the COUNSELORS.
In the evening, at home, we prepared all 287 letters to be ready for the day after.