Introduction


Hello there,

Student life is about more than lecture halls and studying at home. SABA, the study association for Business Analytics, is here to help you find out what studying is actually about! For the bachelor students, we organise a variety of events during the introduction days of the VU, and an exciting weekend in September for Business Analytics students only.

For master students there is a one-day introduction on August 24. Read more about that day here. The pre-master students are invited to join the bachelor faculty introduction on Monday 24 August.
 

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21, 22, 23, 26 en 27 augustus 201924, 25 and 26 August 2020



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21, 22, 23, 26 en 27 augustus 20125, 26 and 27 September 2020




Organisation



Hey there! We, the Introduction Committee, have eagerly been looking forward to this very special week for a long time. We are all very excited to meet you and have put in a tremendous amount of love in planning this introweek for you guys.
 

Thomas (Chairman)

Hello everyone! I’m Thomas, this year’s chairman of the introduction committee. When we started this committee we never thought the introduction week would be completely online, but that is just a problem that we will work our way around. To introduce myself shortly, like all the others in the committee I am an upcoming second year Business Analytics Student. Last year, I moved out of my parents house to start living in Amsterdam. Through SABA and SKØLL, the student rowing association I joined, I have made lots of friends inside and outside the university. This all started in the introduction week last year. It was everybit awkward in the beginning as you can expect, but when my nerves settled down just a little bit I started talking to people and my first new friends were made. The introduction weekend was an even better opportunity for me to really get to know my fellow students, with whom you get to spend the next years in the lectures and tutorials. We are trying to get a program up and running for you guys, where we make sure to follow all the safety regulations. I encourage each and everyone of you to partake in the introduction as optimistic as possible as were making the best from a worst-case scenario.

 

Rosalie (Secretary)

Dear new members of SABA, I am Rosalie(18) and as a future secondyear student I look back at my own introduction period very fondly! I have met a lot of lovely people and senior students who are always willing to help us out. The introduction week was mainly focussed on getting to know as many first year BA students as possible and getting familiar with the VU and Amsterdam, which I think is still very helpful and useful. In the introduction weekend you are able to grow even closer to the people you have met and build a solid group of friends, while gathering some of the best memories in your student life! The happy memories don't stop there, because SABA and the room of SABA (the BAR) always provide a cozy environment with very  nice people who are always in for a drink, a game of Mario Kart or are willing to help you. I decided then and there that I wanted to help others have this same happy and homey experience so I joined the Introduction Committee for the upcoming year!! I would love to meet you all upcoming year and introduction week and look forward to sharing even more happy memories with all of you!

 

Merlijn (Treasurer)

I’m Merlijn van der Lans, member of this year’s introduction committee. Last year I experienced the VU Introduction Days as a lot of fun. In the beginning it can be kind of awkward but when you start talking to people, it is a great way to meet new friends. Most people I met in de first few days are still my best friends till this day, half a year later. Since the activities are not limited to just your group you get to meet students from the other BA groups as well. All in all, you meet a lot of potential new friends to start off the year and you experience some of the perks of student life, like partying.

Unfortunately, I did not attend the Introduction Weekend myself but I can for say for certain it is a lot of fun to go drinking, partying and play games with your friends and fellow students outside of your everyday school environment. If you enjoy those kinds of things and would like to meet new potential friends or just simply have a great time, I would definitely recommend attending the Introduction Weekend.

Lastly, I joined the Introduction Committee this year because I had a great time in the Introduction Days last year and it is great to be a part of this again this year. Also, for me this is a chance to experience the Introduction Weekend this year after all, so that too :). 

To conclude, both the Introduction Days and the Introduction Weekend are great for starting off your year in the right way, for making new friends and for getting comfortable at the university.

 

Arthur

Hello everybody! My name is Arthur. I’m 18 years old. I’m in the introduction committee this year. My introduction week last year was so fun that I wanted to try and organise an introduction week this year that you all wouldn’t forget either. Sadly it isn’t possible to organise the fun activities we had, but we will try our best to still make it a fun week! Most of the people that I still talk to daily I met in the introduction week. Hopefully you can still meet a lot of nice people too, even if the introduction is mostly online.

We will also organise a weekend a little bit later in the year, hopefully this pandemic is over than. During this weekend you get to learn your friend just that little bit better and we can catch up on all the beers we missed during the introduction week.

 

Nina

Hi! I am Nina and I started studying Business Analytics last year! Looking back it was the perfect fit for me and I hope you will feel the same in a year.

I decided to participate in the Introduction Week and I wouldn’t have missed it. It was the perfect opportunity to meet new friends which made it easier to start the new schoolyear. Furthermore we got to explore the campus and I got introduced to our study association SABA where I met more students from the second and third year.

Eventually that is exactly why I joined the Introduction Committee to make the introduction week and the introduction weekend for next year students unforgettable and try to help make these next few years the best of your life and live university life to its fullest!

 

Catheleyne

Hey! I’m Catheleyne and I'm a first-year student of Business Analytics. BA is a great (but difficult lol) study with a diverse group of people.

The majority of my fellow first-year friends were introduced to me in the Introduction Week. I met the rest of them (also from the second and third year) through the wonderful SABA community!

If I could give you three tips to make your university experience the best it can be, is to sign up for Intro Week, go to the Introduction Weekend, and lastly join SABA! See you at the VU 🙂

 

Nick

Hi (almost) fellow students,

Last year, I was just like you, a high school completer and university virgin. That is all going to change the moment you step foot in the VU building during the introduction days, as was my experience last year. I hope I can give you a good indication of what the first days at the university are going to be like.

The main thing you will do in the introduction days are getting to know the university, your study association and your fellow students, which is all done in a fun way!

If I could give you a few tips for your first days: Firstly, be yourself, you are going to meet new people who you will probably see every day. Secondly, just go with the flow, try and just join a group and if an idea pops up in the group just go with it. Lastly, just try and have a lot of fun, fun never hurt anyone!

 

If you have any questions or suggestions about the introduction week or the introduction weekend, feel free to contact us through the email address introduction@saba.amsterdam

 
On behalf of the Introduction Committee 2020,
 
From left to right:
Thomas Bredee, Rosalie Bakker, Marlijn van der Lans, Arthur Trautwein, Nina op het Veld, Catheleyne Wiers and Nick Stikkelman
 
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VU Introduction days



This year everything is going a little different than usual, but that doesn't mean it is not going to be fun! From the 24th of August until the 26th August the introductory days of the VU will be held! This is the perfect time to start to get to know your fellow students from Business Analytics. Even though it will (mostly) be held online, we have planned a program where you will learn everything you need to know about the VU, Amsterdam, the faculty and SABA! Since it will be held online, this years' introduction week will be free. Don't hesitate to sign up!
 

Schedule

Monday 24 Aug 10:30 - 11:00   Central welcome & introduction
11:00 - 12:00   Meeting your mentors (mama & papa) and fellow students VU
13:00 - 15:30   Introduction to Business Analytics programme
15:30 - 17:30   Information market

20:00 - 21:00   Evening programme by SABA : Online comedy night

Tuesday 25 Aug 10:00 - 10:30   Wake-up call by mama & papa
10:30 - 13:00   Welcome by SABA
20:00 - 22:00  Cultural programme
wednesday 26 Aug 10:00 - 10:30   Wake-up call by mama & papa
10:30 - 13:00   Workshop programme
13:30 - 16:00   Uilenstede presents
21:00 - 00:00   Final online party
 


SABA Intro weekend



Unfortunately the introduction weekend is cancelled for this coming year due to Covid-19. But let's not be sad! Instead we are organising a month of fun, so you can still get to know your fellow first years. Keep an eye on our Instagram to find out what we have planned for you!



Master students



This year, the master students can join the same program of the introduction days as the first years' students. We will take special care of you and during these days you can get to know the master programme, your fellow students and -if you are not familiar- the VU! During your master programme SABA can be of great value. There are multiple career events during the academic year that could bring you in contact with your future employer or the company where you will finish your study while writing the master thesis.

Schedule

13.30 - 14.30 VUnet instructions (optional) WN-F131
14.30 - 15.30 Campus tour by SABA (optional) SABA room (WN-P569)
15.30 - 16.30 General welcome by René Bekker WN-F131
16.30 - 18.30 Drinks & welcome by the dean Prof. dr. Guus Schreiber Tuinzaal (WN-V002)

 

There is no need to sign up for this program but there will be an introductory dinner in the first week of the master to connect all students, also for those that could not make it to the introduction day. You can sign up during the introduction day at one of the master mentors or by sending an email.