Humans of FASoS

Elissaveta Radulova’s 1001 nights fairytale

Elissaveta Radulova, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, has been at FASoS for 19 years already. “I came here in 2002 for the master’s in European Public Affairs, back then the only master’s programme in European Studies that FASoS offered. When I graduated, I stayed on as tutor in the Bachelor ES, worked on my PhD (defended in 2011), lectured, tutored, chaired the Board of Examiners (for 6 years), and since 2019 I am the programme director of the BA European Studies.

So, I think it’s safe to say that most of my colleagues got to know a lot about me over the years. For example, that I adore (dark) chocolate and that travelling is my best relaxation pill. I guess, though, there is one journey I have not shared much about as it was so long ago. It influenced me greatly, and it is often on my mind, because this country has become such a troubled land lately…,” Elissaveta tells me, and naturally I am curious to learn more.


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Josje Weusten’s dystopian novel

It’s a relief to meet with my interviewees at Bandito again. A cup of coffee gets all the creative juices flowing.

But it’s not just coffee that helps lecturer Josje Weusten be creative. Her guilty pleasure is to put Catfish: The TV Show – a reality show about truths and lies in online dating – on when she starts writing.


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Maha Naami: sewing into peace and tranquility

Maha Naami, PhD candidate in the LIMES project, is looking forward to October. Not because she loves those dreary rainy days, but because she will finally be reunited with her husband and cat for good. In March 2020, Maha came to the Netherlands to start her PhD but had to leave her loved ones behind in Morocco.

Feeling alone during the pandemic and wanting to take her mind off work more easily, she started a new hobby: sewing.


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Saskia van Bergen: future haptotherapist

Saskia van Bergen, student care officer for Global Studies, meets me via Zoom right before the summer break. I always do a little online research on my interviewees before I interview them.

Although there isn’t much to find on the internet about Saskia, I did come across her LinkedIn page. Her educational background and work experience looked excellent, but I was more intrigued by her volunteering work. Saskia has been a volunteer for Care4Neo, an Association for Parents of Premature Children, since 2011.


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Sven Assink’s Carbage run to his roots

Those of you who know Sven Assink, IT manager at FASoS, may have once or twice compared him to a Viking. But not to worry: this is entirely justified because Sven told me he is of Swedish decent.

What did strike me as a bit more odd was his hobby: participating in Carbage runs – 5000 kilometres rides through Scandinavia in a really old and really cheap car. I was of course eager to know more about this.


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Aneta Spendzharova’s love for mountains and her twins

I meet Aneta Spendzharova, associate professor in Political Science, via Zoom on her tenth wedding anniversary. She met her husband while she was in graduate school in the United States. They got married in Maastricht in 2011 and welcomed their twins, Boryana and Matteo, 20 months ago.

According to Aneta, she is a chaotic person by nature and she loves being outdoors, which helps her to clear her mind and find inspiration.


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Akudo McGee’s voyage to Maastricht

Akudo McGee, PhD candidate at FASoS, describes her life as at times ‘very random’, especially the story of how she ended up in Maastricht.

On top of that, she is turning into a ‘crazy cat lady’ and has given her cats special names.


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Darryl Cressman’s previous jobs

About 9 years ago, Darryl Cressman, assistant professor in in philosophy, moved from Canada to the Netherlands with his wife. They got married in Maastricht and are currently expecting their first child.

He seems all settled in now, but I wondered about his life before he came to Maastricht, and I was not disappointed by his story.


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Inge Coenen built her own home

Like most of us, Inge Coenen, Cluster Coordinator of the Finance department at FASoS, saw a lot of fun activities disappear due to the corona crisis and new interests emerge. Inge got more time for biking when the corona crisis hit and she had finished building her house.


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Melissa Wijnen’s vegetarian Polish dishes

Melissa Wijnen, HR assistant at FASoS, saw most of her hobbies disappear due to the corona virus: travelling, going to festivals, going out to dinner, seeing friends, going to the gym. But it is also thanks to the corona pandemic that she gained a new hobby. With more time on her hands due to the corona crisis, she discovered her love for cooking.


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