Students can even pick up a ‘dinner box’ from campus and cook along to a live stream from home
Translated by Thomas Ansell
NHL Stenden, the Hogeschool with a presence across the North, has put together a series of online events to help students stave off loneliness during the Christmas holidays. Plenty of (International) students are unable to visit their families this year, and around 50 students have expressed an interest in coming together online in lieu of being able to travel.
It’s not only International students that are having an isolated Christmas, either, reports the Omrop Fryslân. A growing trend of Dutch students that have vulnerable family members are taking the responsible choice to stay away from the family home, too.
So, NHL Stenden’s staff put their heads together and have organised a series of online activities, including a coffee break meet-up, yoga sessions, and a pub quiz. There’s also the opportunity for students to virtually study together (although this makes it hard to grab someone a cup of tea).
On December 24, students can pick up a ‘dinner box’ from campus, and on December 25 follow a live-stream with a chef demonstrating how to create a gourmet dinner on Microsoft Teams. There is also a meeting point at the Campus Café (in Leeuwarden), should any students feel really like they need some in-person (socially distanced) contact, or as an excue to leave the house.