WHAT TO DO WHEN MY CHILD GOES TO UNIVERSITY
Your child has decided to go the university of Maastricht, far away from home. Living on his/her own, starting “uni” and building a social life: you might be worried whether your son or daughter will be alright.
Student life in Maastricht starts with the INKOM, an introduction week to the city. During this week several groups present themselves, among which SV KoKo. There are many reasons for joining a student association. Firstly, it is a great way to quickly meet new people who are also starting their studies. Because of the number of members, an association hosts a wide variety of members from different backgrounds. Moreover, an association provides extracurricular activities in which students can participate or develop their organisational skills.
In the first place, SV KoKo provides a great basis for making friends and feeling at home. This starts at our introduction weekend and is continued throughout one’s membership. Meeting new people is stimulated by motivating first-years to organise themselves into so-called “year clubs”: a group of freshmen that have dinner and a fun night together on Mondays. Next to making friends SV KoKo obviously acknowledges the necessity to focus on one’s studies. Therefore, we provide our new members with elder students who are successful at their bachelor programme in order to help them study, plan their studies and answer their specific questions.
Student association KoKo has existed since 1976 and distinguishes itself by appreciating students’ input rather than their seniority. From the first year onwards, our members can participate in the organisation of events in a the majority of the committees. With 21 committees there is plenty of variety, such as a legal and financial committee, an editorial committee and committees that organise activities such as parties and a cultural festival. The participation in committees is not just a nice addition on a student’s resume, but also helps develop one’s organisational skills.
We just explained the diverse agenda and possibilities SV KoKo offers, but we cannot deny that there are quite a few parties organised at which alcoholic beverages are consumed. Relaxation is important, which is why we stimulate fun nights at our bar. However, we always ensure that our activities do not conflict with exam weeks.
After all the stories your child has told at home about SV KoKo, you might have gotten curious to see it for yourself. This is why we annually organise a parent day, during which we show you Maastricht and our association. Our parent day is a fun day during which you can meet your son or daughter’s friends and have a look in the city where your child is studying.