About Thomas Kanger
Welcome to this piece about me. You have come here to read something about me so take a sip of coffee, because we are in for a ride.
It all started on Sunday, the 10th of June 2001, at the moment of writing this is a little more than 654 million seconds ago. I was born a very heavy baby, the heaviest baby born in the Hospital of Hengelo that year. I was born with an older brother and after 2 and a half years I now also had a sister.
When I was 4 years old, my brother and father taught me how to play chess and I have explored the 64 squares ever since. I still remember my first chess tournament very well, I got dealt into the lowest poule and did not yet know how to win in chess. This resulted in almost all my matches ending in a stalemate and giving me the nickname `pat koning’. With some extra training, I started winning my matches and in the coming years, I travelled all around the country to play lots of chess matches individually, for my elementary school, with my chess association, with my primary school and with my provincial chess federation.
Next to playing chess, I started playing soccer early on as well. I started as a midfielder and striker, but later on became the goalkeeper, which I enjoyed a lot and stayed for a long time. When I entered primary school, however, I stopped playing soccer. With some extra time left, I joined a theatre association and enjoyed my time there for a little more than a year. When I was younger I would go to campings during the summer holidays, where I would play a lot of table tennis. Since I always enjoyed it a lot and saw a stand of the table tennis association D.T.T.V. Thibats during the Kick-In, I went to some proof lessons and joined the association. I will be participating in the 50th Batavierenrace this year and have started my preparations, so now I am also doing some running.
Now that you know some more about most things I have done in my extra time, let’s talk about my interest in mathematics. In elementary school, I always liked arithmetic and was very good at it. I have also always been a big fan of playing all sorts of games. I would play a lot of `Rummikub’, `Elfer raus!’, `Duizenden’ and one of my favourite games: Monopoly. During secondary school my favourite subject was math and during my first year, my school participated in the qualifiers for the `W4Kangoeroe’, where everyone had to solve the same problems related to maths and logic. Later on, it turned out that I qualified for the finales of the tournament in Amsterdam and it was a great experience to go to Amsterdam for it. During my later years in secondary school, I learned that there was a similar event called the Dutch Mathematics Olympiad for which I got close to all points in my final year.
With all this love for mathematics, it was an easy choice to want to study Applied Mathematics. I wanted to go to a Technical University and did not want to go to Eindhoven, because the people talk weird there. Because of that, I went to the open days in Delft and Enschede and immediately liked Enschede more, since the number of students was a lot lower. With the lower number of students, I thought that it would be easier to get to know everyone and that made me choose to do a Student for a Day here in Enschede. I got assigned to Anouk Beursgens, the Officer of Educational Affairs of the 53rd board, at that time still a freshman. I still remember this day very well, it was 12 November 2018, the first day of the second quartile. We had an introductory lecture on Analysis I, which seemed like an interesting subject to me. We also had an introduction to Calculus II. There was some time between the first two lectures, so we got on our bikes and Anouk showed me around the Campus. Afterwards, we went to the Educafé, where I got my first experience with the game Taipan and during the lunch break I went to my first Abacus activity: the Dies theme announcement, where we got a bag with some sweets. After the Calculus lecture, there was a tutorial where the teacher was a familiar face: Jasper de Jong, whom I had seen at multiple chess events before. Having experienced a nice day I cycled home and was excited about most likely studying there next year, it turns out that I did ;).
When I started studying in 2019, I started with a great Kick-In where I got to know a lot of people I still hang out with today. During the committee market, I showed interest in joining the Freshmen committee, which I ended up joining. It was great to be a part of a committee, next to joining a lot of activities organised by other committees. For the rest of my activism at Abacus, I joined the Education Committee at the end of my first year, I joined the National Mathematics Symposium committee at the start of my second year, and later on, I joined the Twick-In 2021 to organise the study-related programme of the Kick-In for Applied Mathematics. Currently, I am a bartender for the (A)bac(ch)us and the treasurer of the Stichting Reizende Studenten Abacus that will hopefully organise an amazing study trip in the summer of 2023. During my time at Abacus, I have gone to many wonderful activities and am looking forward to going to many more in the future.
If you have any questions for me you can always ask me. You can probably find me - playing a nice card game, just chatting, doing some board tasks and after this year doing some studying - around the Educafé and Abacus room. It take me quite a while to write this piece, so I hoped you enjoyed the read and know some more things about me!
P.s. I am already excited to say during the next board meeting, which will take place on 7 March 2022, that I completed this action point.
Secretary and Officer Internal Affairs of the 54th board of W.S.G. Abacus