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About Linda ten Klooster

Linda ten Klooster

Dear reader,

How nice that you took the time to visit this part of the website! Since you came here to get to know the board members a little better (or perhaps because you were bored), let me tell you how I found my place here, in the 52nd board of Abacus.

 

It was 17:17 on the second of September 1999. In the hospital of Harderwijk a bold, fat baby was born. A few weeks too early, but still healthy, I came into the world. I would stay bold for 2 full years. My brother David was very excited he got a little sister, but he was also jealous, since he now had to share my parents’ attention.

 

I continued living in Harderwijk for the next 17 years of my life, where I had a happy childhood with my parents, brother, cats and dog (but I’m definitely a dogperson). The years in primary school flew by. When I was 6 I started playing korfball, but even though I liked it, it wasn’t enough to keep me busy, and when I was 9 my first love came into my life: the cello. Before that I played (like many girls in primary school) the recorder for a couple of years, but I guess I thought that instrument was too small. Maybe the cello wasn’t actually the best choice, since my room at home was really tiny, so whenever I practiced the cello at home, there wasn’t any space left in my room.

 

Then I went to secondary school in Harderwijk, RSG Slingerbos. I started doing ‘tweetalig vwo’, so bilingual atheneum, which was great because I loved English. My time at RSG was awesome, and since I learned quite easily I never had any trouble with grades or whatsoever. At some point in the 4th class of RSG I started to notice that I simply did too many things at once (I’m still very good at wanting to do too many things at once). I had 3 different small jobs, played korfball 3 times a week, played in 3 orchestras and practiced the cello every day. So after 9 years of korfball I decided to drop that and give priority to my passion for music. A good decision in hindsight, because looking back I didn’t really like korfball anymore.

 

The choice for study has never been too hard for me. It was already clear when I was young that I loved maths, so I visited quite some open days for it, sometimes looking at some other studies since my interests were broad, but when I was 16 it was clear for me I wanted to study mathematics. The city also wasn’t that hard; I liked Utrecht, but I thought it was too theoretical, and I preferred Enschede above Eindhoven.

 

I quickly found a room, and two weeks before my 18th birthday it was time for the Kick-In! I was so (positively) surprised by the people and the atmosphere at Abacus, I soon joined committees. Starting with the (A)bac(ch)us and the gala committee (I also wanted to help with the Christmas dinner, but a disco ball got in the way), and later in my second year also the Twick-In. It was also in my second year that I got thinking about a board year. Abacus meant so much to me, the people there had become my best friends, and I can honestly say some of it helped me get through the first year of Applied Mathematics. I thought it was time to give something back to the association that brought me so much. So here I am, the chairman and officer educational affairs of the 52nd board of W.S.G. Abacus. We’ve only just started, but I feel like it’s going to be an amazing year with the five of us!

 

I hope to see you around, I can always be found in the Abacus room (or perhaps the Abscint) to have chat or a drink!

 

Kind regards,

Linda ten Klooster