Well, the title says it all. This whole blogging-thing takes some getting used to again! And, yes, I know that sounds like a lame excuse, but I actually hope to shower you guys with good news (at least for me) & then maybe you will all be amazed and totally forget that I forgot to share my private life 24/7 with you for the past couple of weeks. Ok, not that I usually do that… I just really want to share this news with you. Anyway, here we go.

YES! MOTHAF… oops, I’m sorry, I got a bit carried away. But you have to understand: this thing ruled my life for the last one and a half years. I got the idea for my thesis at the beginning of my third year at uni (also already found a supervisor back then) and ever since, it was in the back of my mind. I took a fourth year to complete my bachelors, because I really wanted to go on an exchange to Sweden (and hello, more time to gain even more knowledge, YES PLEASE), which was fine, but man, that thesis… it caused a lot of stress. It’s true what they say: just write that damn thing and be done with it! Of course, instead of writing it when I had the time, I finished the first draft during my exchange (fun, let me tell you! but not really). When I got home four weeks ago, it turned out that my supervisor had a big problem with one of my chapters, so I had to rewrite it. With a BIG deadline looming, saying “it was stressful” was a bit of an understatement to say the least. But I did it! And during the final talk with my supervisor two weeks ago I got a lot of compliments (‘wha… you think I’m intelli.., wha… are you talking about me?!’). So yes, big relieve there. In the end I can say it was all worth it! I finally feel “free”! It also means I’ve graduated and got my bachelors degree! (For the people who are interested: my bachelor thesis was about the head-prosecutor of the Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, with a focus on Carla del Ponte and how her term at the tribunal showed us a lot about the interaction between international justice and politics. I won’t bore you with the specifics.)

This whole blogging-thing is something, but can we please talk about this whole “future-thing”?! Am I the only one who’s having troubles with this one? After four years at uni I still don’t know for sure what I want to do. I’m slowly coming to terms with that fact that I probably won’t have an epiphany and decide I want to be a life-saving Florence Nightingale II, go all ‘Sister Act’ and devote my life to god, or dedicate my life to the exploration of some boring archive. That’s why I’ve decided to think ahead only one year at a time. Or maybe two. Works for me! After some soul-searching about next year, I came to the conclusion I didn’t want to leave university just yet, but that going for my masters felt a bit too soon (the fact that the choice of masters in my field is a bit limited was a big part of that). Instead, I wanted to try to get into criminology and… I GOT IN (ba-dum-pum-pum – I guess the big headline was a bit of a spoiler). It means I’ll probably study for one year at Leiden University (for the international people: yes, that’s near Amsterdam, like the rest of the Netherlands) and after that I have a few more choices concerning masters. Don’t get me wrong: I would love to get a whole bachelorsdegree in criminology, but the dutch government made that nearly impossible for me. This way I get to follow a lot of interesting courses and gain 60 ECTS in another field of science. I’m really excited!

After getting the good news about my thesis and getting into uni again, I can finally relax. The last two weeks I’ve been enjoying my free time and the good weather, and I’ve also been dancing a lot to this (I don’t like to brag, but I’m just SO HAPPY about being finished with my thesis and I believe these things require victory dances). (If you don’t do victory dances, you should introduce them into your life, trust me!).

(hip hip, regular updating can now, once again, commence!)