Hobbies & Interests
What I like to do and catch up on in my spare time
Cooking definitely is one of my favorite pastimes, ever since I moved out of my parents' in late 2014.
I enjoy cooking in general, but when I get too cook for friends or family is when I like it most.
Burgers are without a doubt my specialty, but I do also make some mean pastas, curries and stir-frys.
Since the summer of 2016, together with a good friend of mine, I started making cocktails, both for myself and for friends.
In the past year or so, I have acquired the necessary equipment, spirits and liquors to make it all happen.
While I do prefer to keep my cocktails fairly simple (in terms of the number of different spirits / liquors) with the likes of the mojito, cuba libre and the dry martini, it is definitely my Long Island Iced Tea that takes the cake!
Not too long ago, I started reading again, and have been doing so since.
I read mostly (political) philosophy, history and other non-fiction.
As I have been an active scout since 2001, as well having worked at an outdoor retail store since 2013, it should come as no surprise that I enjoy the outdoors.
As such, I like to travel, hike and mountainbike, for example.
Interests & Causes
Without a shadow of a doubt, to me, education is the most important cause there is.
A lot of interests and activities like scouting, tutoring and being a student representative are (subconsciously) all a manifestation of this belief.
Next comes technology.
I have been interested in (and at times fascinated by) technology for a long time, and as such, I keep up with the latest news and reviews on everything technology.
Another big interest of mine is politics (and debating), both Dutch and international.
While this interest only developed late in high school, it has become a key interest of mine since.
Most recently (and perhaps most importantly), however, I have become interested in the fields of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
After a lot of reading, watching videos and speaking with like-minded friends on the topic of AI, I have become convinced that AI will change the world as we know it.
As such, I am dedicating my future academic (or professional) life to it, starting with my graduate program at UU!