Christon can’t wait to go back to Sint Maarten
Education is an important stepping stone to a future life. How does a student at Fontys look upon that future? What are his or her wishes and worries about life after graduation?
Christon Holiday, second year student Physiotherapy, is not really happy this year. He’s struggling with his feelings and doubts himself a lot. His biggest wish for the future: to become and to stay mentally healthy.
“Within a few years, when I have finished my studies and have some workexperience, I hope to move back to Sint Maarten, the place I grew up and lived for most of my life. I miss that island. I miss the people, the sun, the island life…
But first I want to finish my study Physiotherapy. I know how important a bachelor degree can be. Some of my close friends dropped out of college and they regret it every day. So for me, dropping out is not an option.
Although I often feel slightly depressed, I try to stay positive and look at the bright side of life. I sport a lot, play volleyball four times a week. And I like to play games on my computer. Maybe I like that a bit too much. I know that doesn't always benefit my studies. But then again, without hobbies life would be boring.
For now I focus on mentally getting better, because I have not felt really happy in a long time. I think that started at the beginning of this college year and I made the mistake of not talking to anybody about it. Finally I opened up about my problems and I am now getting help from Fontys to deal with my issues. That is an important step for me.
And in a few years, after I’ve graduated, I’ll go back to the sun. Back to Sint Maarten. To be honest, I cannot wait. [Ivo van der Hoeven]