Very proud to introduce our Get in Touch Network Partner Susan Lambriks. Susan is initiator of the International Spouses Program (ISP) of the TU/e Student Sports Center. This fabulous and amazing spouses program started some weeks ago, and many of our Get in Touch spouses are participating in this program with great enthusiasm and joy!
Now Susan has started a new serial in our GiT Blog for which she has asked international spouses to share their childhood memories of playing ‘back home’. ‘Sporting together’ activates in her eyes the same spirits as ‘playing together’ has done long ago. And I think she is very right. Thx Susan!
HOW WE PLAY: AROUND THE WORLD – INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN LAMBRIKS
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I find myself contemplating the idea of love. Far from the Greek myths and tragic tales of Cupid and the fickle specter of romantic love, I believe that love can be, and should be, thought of as an inclusive action instead of as an exclusive club.
We can express our love for each other in so many ways: simple kindnesses directed at strangers, finding forgiveness for an enemy, treating our partners with the respect that we usually reserve for our guests, showing compassion for animals, and putting aside daily frustrations with our children to spend quality time together.
A special category of love is that which we feel for our friends. Bonding over shared interests, exchanging feelings and having fun together are ways that we can express gratitude for one another. In other words, by reaching out to each other in a genuine way, we thank our friend for being a part of our life.
Am very happy to present this article with thoughts, experiences and feedback of one of our first Get in Touch spouses: Irem Bezcioglu.
She kindly replied to our questionnaire which we’ve been sending around to our GiT spouses who have attended the GiT Program for some time, and then had to quit because of a good cause: a study, moving town, a job, getting pregnant, or any other understandable reason.
We were curious to know their ideas and recommendations, and their views on the impact of the GiT Progam on their lives.
Thanks a lot Irem, for your willingness and openness and for your postive comments.
We’ve been very happy to have had you with us, with your active and inspiring involvement throughout the years (and still .. now as a GiT partner). One of Irem’s many GiT initiatives has been the start of this Get in Touch Blog, for which we’re very grateful to her (and also to Yolima & Iro, the other initiators).
My name is Irem Bezcioğlu Göktolga, 29 years old, from Turkey.
Currently I am a PhD student in Culture Studies in Tilburg University.
What do you think of the Get in Touch Program?
Would love to introduce Susan Lambriks in our Get in Touch Blog.
Susan is working in the TU/e Sports Center (SSC). She and her colleague Lara Hofstra are actively involved in the SSC project to welcome international spouses in the colorful world of the SSC. Both are passionate about the broad variety of sports any member might enjoy in the beautifully equipped center, each day of the week.
Recently, our Get in Touch group has enjoyed a wonderful guided tour, which was awesome en informative. We’ll keep being involved as partner in this appealing project. Therefore I would love to give floor to Susan and her captivating story. Enjoy!
THE TRIBE OF PLAY
Ding-dong. [Door opens]. “Hey! Can you come out and play?”
This was the slogan of my childhood. Growing up in the Mojave Desert suburbs of Los Angeles in the ‘90’s, the kids on bicycles, skateboards and light-up sneakers ruled the streets.