Winter AID is coming, new international students are arriving in Wageningen, wondering which associations they should join. I have also been in that situation, overwhelmed by all the different sports and student associations that this university has. Thus, I want to share with other internationals my experience as a member of AQUA, the sailing student association.

I’m a Spanish girl, with no previous experience with sailing, crazy enough for joining a dutch sailing association and willing to freeze in sailing weekends in Friseland. I joined AQUA encouraged by a dutch friend I made on a previous exchange, and I’m so happy I did it! These sailors are just so caring, and willing to integrate international students in all their activities. At the beginning, I was a little bit scared that I would not understand anything, that they will be just speaking dutch all the time. Surprisingly, it didn’t happen at all! They even translate everything just for me at the general member meeting! Apart from that, they take also a lot of effort trying to avoid me to freeze to death during the sailing weekends. I’m not used to the cold (it was not really cold for dutch standards, freezing for a Valencian girl!), and there was always someone offering me hot soups, dry clothes and leaving me the best spot next to the heater. They are just super sweet! So, if you would love to try sailing or if you just want to have fun and share beers with nice people, AQUA is your place!