“Heel Holland Wandelt” since the coronavirus has arrived. Not surprising, since walking is important for your physical and mental health. Barber van Manen, Study Advisor for Biology, noticed that students actually started to move less. "While moving outside together is so good against stress and loneliness." Something many students have to deal with now, Barber also noticed in her conversations.
Connecting fellow students
"I would like to get all students outside," says Barber. She turned to the faculty's study associations, and they were immediately enthusiastic. That's how the idea was born to have students sign up for a walk via a Google form. The study associations link the students to a fellow student in the neighborhood. This way students meet each other and go for a walk or bike together.
Biology student Anke Posma immediately signed up. "It seems really nice to get to know someone this way. You can keep a nice distance, get a cup of coffee and just chat. I expect to walk for an hour at least once or twice a week."
Who makes the most miles
As an extra game element, the study associations created a group in the popular app Ommetje. Students who want to participate can add themselves to the group of their Study Association. This also creates some competition: who makes the most miles?
Everyone needs resilience
Barber is super happy that the Study Associations have taken it up like this. "I truly feel that students need this. The combination of exercise and social contact is so important. It quickly gives you more resilience and improves your concentration, an important take away from my conversations with students. And that is something everyone needs right now.”
Would you like to join?
Take a walk together with a buddy a few times a week and compete against fellow students in the 'Ommetje' app! Contact your study association for registration and be matched with a fellow student who lives in your area.