STAR's initiative to keep you going during Corona

Online Learning

We are online! Explore all of STAR's events and content here. We will continue to add new content in the coming days and weeks.

Online learning

Technology & Business

Codecademy teaches millions of learners web development, mobile development, and data science skills. As student, you can now create a free Codecademy Pro account.

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Sustainability & Business

Learn all about the Sustainable Development Goals by following this online Coursera course, made by RSM.

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Financial Markets & Business

Learn all about Financial Markets by following this online Coursera course, from Nobel prize winner Professor Robert Shiller from Yale University.

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Emerging Markets & Business

Explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex social problems in emerging economies. A course offered by Harvard University through EdX

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Healthcare & Business

Through partnership with Wharton and Penn Medicine, you’ll learn from experts in business acumen, health care management, and health care policy to develop the skills you’ll need to successfully navigate the quickly evolving landscape of this fast-growing field.

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Make Societal Impact

We have various ways to help the society in need.

Tip of the week
The tip of the week provided by iCorona (previously iCare)

Tips of week 13:

  • Do you want to do groceries for people in your neighborhood? Help walking the dogs of the elderly? Or babysit children from which the parents are working in vital jobs? Sign up for gewoonmensen.nl!
  • Do you want to contribute with your roommates? If you are in quarantine with them, we have an amazing opportunity for you! Together with your roommates, you can help the nearest food bank for a day! A lot of their regular volunteers can’t contribute anymore and that is why they need your help. The transport is even taken care of by Unipartners! Are you ready to make a difference? Fill in this form!

Tips of week 14:

There’s also a lot to do in your own neighborhood in Rotterdam! Rotterdammervoorelkaar.nl brings together both help needy people and people who are able to give help! From tutoring to doing groceries, from helping a company to cooking, there’s really a lot to do.

If this looks interesting to you and you want to be helpful these strange times, but you’re not completely sure where to look for voluntary work, we as the iCorona Committee will help you out! Fill in the following Google Form and we will contact you about the work that you can do.

Also, if you AND all you’re roommates in your student house are excited to help, you can fill in the document as a household and we will find you a voluntary organization or initiative for which you as a house can do very rewarding voluntary work! If you do so, don’t forget to contact Jaap to take over the STARantaine story!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_kuIfODBpMDp26kQpUVx5049VDTGI80J8X2L-OSpH8tEMqg/viewform?usp=sf_link

With regards to your own mental health, we will also provide you with some nice tips that can help you to bring back your mood and energy a bit!

Tips of week 15:

  •  Give purpose to your day. Set goals for your days/weeks/months. This can be a relatively easy goal like learning how to cook a nice lasagna or finishing a certain book, or more difficult ones like starting to learn the language you’ve always wanted to speak.
  • Make a schedule for your days. This is to keep you busy a bit and it prevents you from getting lazy. It can be really hard to get up early and start your day freshly instead of laying in your bed until 12 and do nothing for the rest of the day now that you don’t have anything to go to or to attend. Therefore, make a daily schedule. For example: get up at 9. Go for a walk (with your dog)/do sports/do yoga for 30 minutes. Then make breakfast and read a book for 30 minutes. Check your mail and work on your uni obligations until lunch… etc. It really helps to keep your mind fresh!

Tips of week 16:

  • In these times of homeschooling, a lot of kids are unable to keep up with their work due to the fact that they do not own a laptop. This week we got an e-mail regarding a great action the Gemeente Rotterdam has started; if you have an old laptop lying around the house that nobody uses anymore, please send an e-mail to bc.zandberg@raadrotterdam.nl so you can help a child in need!
  • As elderly people are a significant part of the at-risk group and have been social distancing the most, some of them are getting increasingly lonely. To counter this, there are several organisations who arrange calls between elderly people and students! If you’d like to help out a lonely senior citizen, you might want to take a look at the following sites: https://www.koetjes-kalfjes.info / https://www.nlcares.nl/4gkoffiekwartiertje / https://www.ouderenfonds.nl/vacatures/vrijwilliger-zilverlijn (unfortunately this is only for our Dutch speaking students)
  • This is more of a personal tip: Try to focus on self-care! A lot of posts have been going around everyone’s feed about reading books, learning a language, having to exercise more, etc. which almost makes it look like a competition who leaves quarantine in a better shape 😖 Instead, try to set personal goals and make time for things that have been on your to-do list since forever (like cleaning your house, sorting out your exploding closet, or even just finally getting a good night of sleep)
  • If you do want to do voluntary work outside of your home, but don’t know where to start; we have made a Google Form where you can fill out your info (tiny.cc/icorona) and we will contact you with some options and personal tips! You can either do this solo or with your household, in which case you might want to take over the STARantaine story 😉

Tips of week 17:

  • Still not done with your quarantaine buddies? Then this game will be a blast for you. Spaceteam is a local multiplayer game in which you have to beat levels together (very chaotic). It’s like defusing a bomb in space with your friends shouting at you, and you shouting back.
  • If you’re interested in hearing some academic insights about the covid-19 pandemic, we recommend the Making Sense podcast by Sam Harris. Together with some interesting guests, he goes over a lot that’s been going on around this whole corona situation.
  • If you do want to do voluntary work outside of your home, but don’t know where to start; we have made a Google Form where you can fill out your info (tiny.cc/icorona) and we will contact you with some options and personal tips! You can either do this solo or with your household, in which case you might want to take over the STARantaine story 😉

Tips of week 18:

  • Via https://stichtingpresent.nl/rotterdam/coronahulp/coronahulp-als-vrijwilliger/ you can do all kinds of charity work. You can for instance send a postcard to people in need such as people with a disability or elderly people. You can also sign up to do the groceries for people who need it. If you sign up, you can indicate what you would like to do, and you will have access to the mobile app where you can see in your area what help is needed.
  • Via https://www.gewoonmensen.nl you can help the group that need volunteers to help them with the daily things such as shopping, walking the dog or perhaps who just want to chat. Those in need can place a call on the site and you can help by responding.
  • Podcasts are perfect for multitasking in quarantine, so here are two of our favourite podcasts to focus on anything other than the fact that you can’t go outside for the foreseeable future. The first one is Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In this podcast, Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth give simple tips for how you can bring a little bit more happiness into your live every day. The second podcast is for Dutch speaking students: Universiteit van Nederland. The best scientists share the most existing insights from their field through short lectures. They bring science to life by answering a striking question every week such as ‘how can you best get right in a discussion’ or ‘why can you get cancer from red meat and red wine?’.
  • If you want to learn something new, you can take online classes from Coursera via https://www.coursera.org. This is an online-learning site which is offering 100 classes for free till May 31 to support access to online education during the corona crisis. Every course is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and now you can take their classes for free!

Don’t forget to take a distanced walk sometimes so you don’t forget what the sky looks like and we hope to see you next week!

Get to know our partner Corekees

Do you want to get to know our sustainable partner, Corekees, better? Take a look at these short videos (1 min.) and find out what Corekees does and why they do this!

Career Start Support

Prepare for your interviews or find out about your ultimate career path.

Recruitment
To land your dream job, there is a big chance your will have to undergo case-solving or and e-assessment.

These online resources might help you out:

CareerTest
Find out what your ultimate future career path can look like. This test will give you an edge in the job search process and privde feedback on career-focused questions.

Online (free) career advice for Dutch students

Extra *online* career advice

Since all upcoming career-related events are cancelled due to the coronavirus, our partner De Carrièrebus offers extra online CV, LinkedIn, and motivation letter checks! Furthermore, they are available for questions related to internships, jobs and employers.

So if you would still like to receive feedback on your CV/motivation letter or if you have any questions, contact gunay@carrierebus.nl to schedule an appointment!

De Carrièrebus is available from 9am-5pm by phone, email, chat and Skype.

Social Interaction

Stay connected with your family or flatmates, but also people who are lonely due to new restrictions during this time of sitting at home!

Play a game
Download these games on your phone and play them with your family members or flatmates:

  • Psych!
  • Half a minute
  • Heads up
  • Houseparty
  • Reverse Charades

Visit a museum
Many museums around the world opened their doors online:

Fight loneliness amongst elderly
Since we are not allowed to visit the elderly anymore, we should stay in contact with them to avoid loneliness.

Pniël
Oudedijk 15
3062 AB Rotterdam

Are you ok out there?
Log in to MyEUR and visit EUR’s online wellbeing platform, ‘Are you ok out there?’ to stay connected!

Mind games

Stay mentally fit by playing some daily mind games. A selection of games is depicted below.

Daily sudoku
Brain teasers
How sharp is your brain? Test it with these interesting teasers, games and illusions

Peace of mind
Struggling to fall asleep, or stressing out too much. The Headspace app might be the solution for you!

Case Solving

  • RET Case Solution A - Executive Summary
  • RET Case Solution B - Executive Summary
  • RET Case Solution C - Executive Summary

Case Development

Become a case developer

We are looking for students to develop cases on the most current, relevant, impactful and  controversial topics, alone or in teams. Fill in the form below, and start your experience as case developer supervised and trained by the professionals at RSM Case Development Center.







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