GTCC Department: Consultancy Services
Internship Period: 4 January – 30 April 2017
Hobbies: Travelling, Muay Thai, Going out
Motto: I (try to) live by plenty, but some of the most influential to me, are:
“Always ask why”
“… and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” – Nietzsche
Tim, why did you choose to do an internship at GTCC?
Although I ‘belong’ to the financial industry, I wanted to broaden my horizon, since Consultancy services are often interlinked with financial services. For why I chose Bangkok, I must say that my main motivation was to take a look at this city (or Thailand in general) from an economic perspective, after having visited BK two years ago as a tourist already. Furthermore, Bangkok is the ideal place to start off travelling. Another strong motivation was the pursuit of Muay Thai, which I have started some years ago in my hometown, but then discontinued during my studies in Maastricht, due to time constraints. Also, the rich culture of the country and the friendly character of the Thai people were influencing my decision.
Tell us about your hometown!
I was born and raised in Aachen, Germany, which is next to the border to Belgium and the Netherlands. It has roughly 250,000 inhabitants and almost constantly bad weather. What we are lacking in the sky though, we (“Öcher“) are carrying in our hearts. Although seen as quite special (for the better or the worse) by others, I truly think that the people from Aachen are a warm and welcoming folk.
What I miss most about my hometown is that it has no (noteworthy) river. After living in Maastricht (Netherlands) now for more than two and a half years, I really appreciate the added value that you get from a river, especially during summer times. What I love most about my hometown is its dialect (“Öcher Platt”). Although spoken by ever fewer people, its sound and wittiness gives me a good laugh sometimes.
What´s your first impression of Bangkok?
Overwhelming! I really like its vibrant nightlife, and the different activities (visit parks, malls or temples, make a boat tour, eat a lot, meet interesting people, do sports, eat even more…) that you can do here. For me, it is the first time in such a big city and thus I am very excited to see and do as much as I can during the time I live here.
What do you plan to do after your internship?
After my internship at GTCC, I plan to first write my bachelor thesis as the last part of my studies in Maastricht. Then, I am going to travel across Southeast Asia with several friends from my university: currently, the plan is a motorbike trip through Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia (I hope to include the Isaan as well, but time is limited). However, the weather during summer will be tricky and the route is not fixed yet. After the travels, I will return to the Netherlands to pursue my master studies in the city of Rotterdam.
Until then, I am looking forward to an amazing time in Bangkok at the GTCC!
Adieda! (“See you” in my dialect)