Thank you prof. Bob Wielinga

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Thank you prof. Bob Wielinga

A dream come true

I reminisce a lot about my time at the University. I even miss it a little. The ambiance, the interesting topics, the discussions, the classes, my fellow students, Amsterdam in the early morning.

Since I was a young girl I dreamed about going to the University. That dream chattered when my primary school test results on my learning capabilities weren’t what I needed. But my mom always told me to follow my dream and that there will be a way to get there. So, after a long way, lots of small steps forward,  I finally got there!

Prof. Bob Wielinga

My first class at the University felt like a dream, There I was, sitting there. I… MADE… IT!!! I even found a picture of my very first class at the University.  The class was about Knowledge systems by Prof. Bob Wielinga. Was a remarkable man that was… If you look up the word Professor, you’ll find Bob’s picture right next to it. The way he explained the material, the way he discussed it with us, the way he sincerely showed interest in what we had to say was nothing short of amazing.  Not to mention his immense amount of knowledge and presence.  I always thought: “If you get Prof. Wielinga as your Thesis mentor, you’re in trouble.” Guess who my Thesis mentor was… I thought I would never make it, but because I had such deep respect for him (and his college Jacobijn Sandberg which was also my mentor). I was determined to not let them down and I gave my all to do the best research I could. THat’s when I found out how patient, helpful and sincere he was once again. And yes, I made it. I almost graduated with honors, I was 0,5 points short, but that didn’t matter because the approval of Prof. Wielinga meant so much more to me and still builds my confidence today.

Earlier this your I found out that Prof. Wielinga passed away. He will live on in my memory. Thank you, Prof. Wielinga.

University of Amsterdam image
This photo was taken in 2004 while walking from one class to the other. Great memories.

Forever grateful,

Francesca

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