If you translate my surname it means Travelman, I’ve always believed I should live up to my name.
So, after I got my high school diploma I left the Netherlands.
During my travels I started to look back at my past, at who I am and to what I want.
I decided I would never go to university, since people like me are not made for reading books, remembering facts and forgetting it the day after I made the test. Besides that it’s not the way I learn (I mostly learn through experience) and I believe it’s not the path I should take.
The fact that I decided I never want to study doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn. I am curious as hell and I love to go into the unknown. In order to keep learning without reading books and without studying, I decided that I could never have the same job twice. I also saw following courses and workshops as a great way to keep learning. In this way I believed I still would learn a lot and didn’t have to go study.
But… Then I heard about Knowmads. The first time I heard about Knowmads it felt like an awakening. The more I read and heard about Knowmads the more I had the urge to do everything within my power to get into this awesome school. People said things like: ”You shouldn’t do it because you won’t get a diploma.” It didn’t matter what anyone would say, my intuition already told me: ”This is it!” No one could ever get the idea of going to Knowmads out of my head.
What the **** is Knowmads?!
Knowmads is an alternative Business School with focus on personal and professional development. Learning occurs through workshops, lectures and working on real-life projects
At knowmads there are no books, no grades and no consequences in case you are absent or too late. You can choose which project you want to do or bring in your own. You co-create the program and content of your year at Knowmads.
In one word: perfect!
For me Knowmads is really hard to explain since words simply can’t always describe the positive effect that it had on me. Something I do know for sure is that what you will gain from a year at Knowmads totally depends on your own input. I will try to explain what Knowmads means to me:
Knowmads is: an environment where I really can be me
In this world it can be hard to be yourself when everyone tells you to be someone else. I believe that the way to achieve your highest potential is by being able to be yourself. Knowmads is the safe space where you can really be yourself, with all your good sides and the bad ones.
Knowmads is: my way of learning
In this world it’s rare to find places where you can learn like you learn at Knowmads. Here you learn by experiencing, by doing, by feeling, by communicating. Learning in your comfort zone and learning through getting out of it.
Knowmads is: answering questions that I normally wouldn’t have answered
Who am I, how do I work, what are my strengths & weaknesses, what do I really want and what do I want to do different?
Knowmads is: taking steps to improve yourself and traveling without moving
Every time you will overcome obstacles and learn new things, by following workshops and lectures, doing projects and having lots of conversations. You learn different tricks and tools, for different situations and for interacting with different kinds of people. You gain a lot of awareness: the first step to transformation.
Now, since February, my year at Knowmads has finished. And even though Knowmads is normally only one year, I will start a second year of Knowmads. A different one, in a different city and this time not as a student… Knowmads Hanoi is my next stop as a Travelman!
Together with Guus and Trang, I will create a program, facilitate it and give workshops. This will be a Knowmads year with new obstacles, new challenges and new learnings. My hope is that I will learn as much as I did in my year at Knowmads Amsterdam. I also hope to be able to give back what I have gained – in my life and at Knowmads Amsterdam – to students who will participate in the program of Knowmads Hanoi.
I love traveling, I love Knowmads and my drive in life is to always keep growing.
All these 3 things will come together in Knowmads Hanoi. I’m so grateful! See you there if you dare! :)