Interview series with our LUC Graduates (part 2)
We interviewed several of our graduates about their experiences at LUC and their plans for their future. Please find the interviews with Pieter Goethart and Lars Been in this article. More interviews will follow shortly.
Pieter Goethart: I wanted to engage myself in an environment that allows students to develop their skills in different disciplines in a cohesive way. Moreover, I had the feeling this particular college was very much engaged with what was happening in the rest of the world, focusing also on practical examples and not just on the theory. As such the focus on Global Challenges makes LUC a unique place to gather knowledge and experience. Moreover, I was attracted to the prestige of the college which I thought the competition was lacking.
Lars Been: Because LUC focuses on the whole world, and the challenges of that world, but also because of the broad context (from cultural, economic to legal perspectives) in which LUC teaches about it.
Pieter Goethart: LUC gave me the best college experience that I could have ever imagined. The environment was really intimate and allowed for proper discussion, something I believe is lacking in regular university programs. As such I learned more than I could have elsewhere while becoming part of this family of people who all are really dedicated to their work.
Lars Been: Academically inspiring and socially activating.
Pieter Goethart: Yes, LUC met all my expectations. It allowed me to discover the path I wanted to take in my life and develop my knowledge and myself accordingly.
Lars Been: LUC gave me more than what I had expected.
Pieter Goethart: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer shared some very wise words in his class on Multilateral Institutions and diplomacy. He told us that a good diplomat needs to always enter and continue the dialogue, even with those we dislike or disagree. I think this is a particularly valuable lesson because it fits in with more than just the politics courses. The Human Interaction courses on culture, history and philosophy all shared this sense of responsibility for trying to understand “The Other”, even though we might be discouraged by our ignorance or lack of understanding. We should never give up as the result would be to alienate them and to cause harm to both sides. As such I think this proves to be a very interdisciplinary lesson.
Lars Been: To be politically critical. Schools often say they will teach you to become critical, which often stops at a utilitarian level. For example, students learn how to speak for themselves and think rationally when they have to organize the logistics of any kind of product sale. But being politically critical is different. Being politically critical entails that you are able to say what you think is good or beautiful, but also entails that you can artistically propose solutions to what you think is bad or ugly. This may be very bold, but I believe it is essential to live a fuller life.
Pieter Goethart: Because LUC has such a wide range of different dedicated students, its Student Association Fortuna has also become a thriving community. All the effort they and all their committees put into making this place a home for all the students really adds to this family feeling. I think they did a marvelous job the last three years and am really excited to see how they develop it in the future.
Lars Been: The inspiration I got from LUC stimulates me to continue the global challenges project.
We wish Pieter, Lars and all LUC graduates the best of luck with their plans after LUC The Hague!