Humans of FASoS

Toñita Perea y Monsuwé’s First Dates experience

Toñita Perea y Monsuwé, student recruiter at FASoS, is a natural on camera. She made her debut on Dutch television in the early ‘90s on the game show ‘Denktank’. After that, Toñita appeared in several other Dutch game shows, such as ‘Rad van Fortuin’, ‘de goed geld show’, ‘Miljoenenjacht’ and ‘1 tegen 100’.

But Toñita is best known for her appearance on the dating show First Dates – an appearance that went viral on social media.

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Photographer Eric Bleize

You may have seen his pictures around the faculty. In the poetry booklet and the Strategic Plan, but also in a book created by FASoS staff, titled Unboxed.

Eric Bleize, planner at FASoS, loves to photograph.

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Pets of FASoS: Merle Achten’s cat Louis

Cat Louis, or as I understand from Merle Achten – Funding Adviser at FASoS – King Louis, has been part of the Achten household for 8 years now. Or better yet, Merle, her husband and two kids have been part of King Louis’s household for 8 years now.

“This is Louis’s world, we’re just allowed to live in it.”

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Motor enthusiast Simon Vogel

The perfect day according to Simon Vogel, Team Leader of the Exams Office?

Sunlit, on one of his motors, off to the Ardennes. Just him, the two wheels underneath him, and his thoughts.

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Aline Sierp’s nomad life

Aline Sierp, Assistant Professor in European Studies, seems very grounded in Maastricht. She has been living here with her partner for 9 years and has welcomed two sons in the meantime.

But living in one place for so long is something out of the ordinary for Aline: “I am a bit of a nomad and it is almost a miracle that I am still in Maastricht.”

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Lorena Ortiz Cabrero’s switch from medicine to the social sciences

Lorena Ortiz Cabrero, junior lecturer at FASoS, is originally from Madrid. While she is now teaching in the field of politics and history, before coming to Maastricht, Lorena studied medicine.

Why this change of heart?

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Jacob Ward: from child actor to assistant professor

Jacob Ward, assistant professor in the history of technology and politics, is your average English lad: he grew up in London, his parents are both teachers, and as a teen, he tried to convince his mum that science fiction books are just as interesting as Shakespeare’s King Lear.

To sparkle up his run-of-the-mill childhood, Jacob’s parents chose an eccentric person to babysit their son: no other than UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Aristea Paraskewopoulos’s Greek roots

Such an exotic, tongue-twisting last name, I thought when I invited Aristea Paraskewopoulos, junior Lecturer at FASoS, for an interview. When I met Aristea at Bandito, her looks seemed just as exotic, but the accent caught me off guard.

What was Aristea’s Greek story?

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Adam Dixon: from fisherman to professor

Adam Dixon, associate professor of Globalization and Development, had a busy life when he was studying at university. He was a first-generation academic and did not receive funding for either his master’s or his PhD. To help cover his costs and tuition, he had to work alongside his studies.

His main source of income? Commercial fishing in Alaska.

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Camilo Erlichman’s mate intake

Camilo Erlichman, Assistant Professor in History, has his roots in Argentina. When he was three years old, he moved to Germany with his parents, who had done their post-graduate studies there.

What does he miss most about Argentina besides his family?

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