Hannah: "I want to make a difference in the world"
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?
Hannah van den Hurk is a fourth year student International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies (IEMES) in Tilburg. She’s a creative soul who wants to make a difference in the world. “We only have one planet, we need to take better care of it.”
“When I think about the future I see changes and opportunities. I’m convinced we can turn things around and make our planet a better place. And I want to be part of that change. Maybe it sounds a bit pompous, but I really believe I can make a difference. I think everybody can have an impact on the world, big or small.
Last year I participated in a SDG-project in Tilburg. The SDG is a list of 17 sustainable development goals prepared by the United Nations; an urgent call for action by all countries in a global partnership. We organized a sustainability-event for businesses in the area of Tilburg. Together we can develop strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth.
I’m a vegetarian and I’ve always been conscious of my ecological footprint. But the minor philosophy and ethics really opened my eyes. It changed my perspectives on the world and how I see myself. Things aren’t black and white but different shades of grey. It’s important to see the shading.
A few years ago I dreamt of a career in the television industry, but that dream has passed. Now I put my mind on working in the creative business. I would love to work in the cultural sector. Preferably in a small organization that combines culture and sustainability. Money is absolutely not important, a good work environment and nice colleagues are! To make a difference together, that’s my aim. [Ivo van der Hoeven]