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mvdenk

23 M Enschede, Netherlands

My Details

Last Online
Jul 22
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.86m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Anything
Smokes
No
Drinks
Rarely
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and very serious about it
Sign
Sagittarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on university
Job
Student
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs
Speaks
English (Fluently), Dutch (Fluently), German (Okay), Italian (Poorly), Japanese (Poorly)

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My self-summary
This page will mainly be a monologue in which I will try to convince you about what my passions and my principles are, not to convince you that I am the guy you should like. You might think this to be a strange approach towards “advertising” yourself on a dating site (especially for men), but I personally prefer a relation with someone I share convictions with above just having a relation at all. You also might think this is obviously what a profile page should be about. I apologize to anyone who thinks this is an enormous wall of text. I agree with you about this, but I still think it is important to really get a good picture of me (in a metaphysical sense). But of course you are free to skip this profile as tl;dr. During this monologue you have to excuse me for addressing you as if we would have a direct conversation, but I think that by doing this I can better reach a personal level, which I think is beneficial to tell about myself.
What I’m doing with my life
I am currently a student at the University of Twente, studying Educational Science. I have also studied Computer Science for two years, before I switched to my current study. According to my plan I will finish my bachelor Educational Science around the start of 2015. After that I will take a master in Instructional Technology, which will take one year.

One question I get very often when I am telling somebody about my study is “so you want to become a teacher?” Education is a thing which I am very passionate about, but despite this I do not plan on becoming a teacher. Educational Science revolves more about the question “how do people learn” than about “how do I become a good teacher”. Ironically, Educational Science is even one of the few studies with which you cannot become a teacher, purely because the study does not fit in one of the classical educational domains, like mathematics or history do for example.

What we do learn is how to design, develop and implement educational material, like textbooks, curricula or even educational games. This is also the reason I chose this study, because designing solutions for given problems is one thing like to do a lot. This was also the reason for me to study Computer Science, but along the way I discovered that I was more interested in the impact a software design had on a human user than in the software design itself, which was then the reason for me to switch studies. I also found a discrepancy between my broad interests in all kinds of different topics and Computer Science being very restricted to only the domain of computers and mathematics.

However, I do not regret my first decision for choosing Computer Science, because I can still apply what I learned in the setting of Instructional Technology. This master involves the domain of using different kinds of technology - from books to computers - for instruction and to embed this in curricula.
I’m really good at
I find it hard to say what I am really good at. I think that one aspect of me which is very far developed is my ability to reflect on my own behavior in diverse situations. Further I can only tell you about the things I like to do.

One thing you might already have noticed is that I like my study. I am very drawn to the scientific method we have developed during the last few decades to discover more about the world around us and the inner world of our own psyche (which I by the way do not mean in any metaphysical kind of way). But I am also very interested about the things we really do not know and thereby the field of epistemology. And now we only have to step back just one more step to arrive in the broad domain which we call philosophy. I always have been drawn to the different fields of philosophy. I think a lot of different great philosophers attributed a lot to society and that current great philosophers still do this. One of my favorite philosophers is Nietzsche, which contributed a lot to the field of ethics.

Next to science and philosophy I can also enjoy culture, especially in the form of premodern art. I had the luck of attending gymnasium during my high school and therefore I learned a lot about classical art, from vases to architecture to paintings. I know less about modern art, but I can still enjoy this as well. I also like to engage in other cultures by learning foreign languages, by talking with people about their culture and by learning about history.

The art form I prefer above all other forms of art is music. Music has the perk of being abstract and at the same time reach us on an aesthetic level. It is also the only art which I practice myself: I play piano, I sing in a choir and sometimes I also play carillon. I also compose music and of course I also listen to music a lot. However, my passion about music is mainly restricted to classical music and jazz music.

I am not much of a gamer, but one game I do like very much is Minecraft. I like this game because of the great freedom you have while playing it. What I do most of the time is creating buildings in different architectural styles, but I also like to make working systems like an item sorter. I mainly play Minecraft in survival mode, but creative mode can also be a lot of fun.

There are many things I am interested in, but of course I also have a lot of things I dislike. For example, I do not watch television a lot. If I watch television I mostly watch the public channels, but even this I only do when I happen to be at my parents' home. The thing I dislike the most is watching sport on television. I do not dislike doing sports, I swim two kilometers a week, but watching sport I simply think of as boring.

I also do not like to go to places where there are a lot of people or where there is a lot of noise. I also do not like to drink excessive amounts of alcohol or use drugs. I think the fruit of life does not lie in big quantities, but that you can enjoy it more if it is served in restricted amounts. For example, I regularly drink a glass of wine, but never more than two glasses on one evening. I also enjoy smoking pipe, but I only do this once a month (this is also partly due to smoking pipe being a lot of work).
The first things people usually notice about me
If somebody sees me for the first time the first thing she would notice would probably be my appearance; my hat, my van dyck beard and my sharp hair cut. I wear this with great pride, but at the same time I try to avoid dandyism or narcism. The reason of this appearance would be that I am quite the romanticist and therefore drawn to the more old-fashioned look.

Would this hypothetical person then engage in a conversation with me, the next think she might notice is that the language I use is a tad on the formal side, especially my written language (which you already might have noticed). This is mainly because my choice of words are those words that convey the message at its best. Another reason might be that I have to read a lot of scientific literature, which also shapes my language. However, of course my choice of words is also dependent of the company and the mood that I am in, so it varies.

Generally, I am very rule obedient and can even be moralistic sometimes. However, I think I am not a conformist. If I am obedient to a rule it will probably be for my own reasons.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
There is art which excites be because of the dramatics and art which interests me because they make me reflect, and the best art combines both aspects. To name the example of Der Ring des Nebelungen from Wagner, I can be really moved by the dilemma which Brünnhilde faces when she chooses to help Siegmund over obeying her father Wotan, but this dilemma also makes the viewer reflect on which choice would be the better choice. For me it is also important that the art is performed well, otherwise I will be annoyed by it. I think everyone who watched a very bad soap opera will know what I mean by this.

I think this even holds true for something as abstract as music. With music, the composer has the power to convey certain emotions. He also has the means to let the listener wonder over the complex chord progressions, which takes the music to a higher aesthetic level. I will get annoyed if the music is too predictable and then I most likely will turn it off. I think this is the main reason for me to avoid pop music, most of the time it is too boring for me. But this also holds up for a lot of classical music as well, for example I experience this too when I listen to Haydn's music.

Now I have given you very few examples, but I have also tried to convey a framework which also tells you what kind of books, movies, shows and music I like to indulge myself into.

I will eat almost anything, and I always like to eat food I never tried before.
The six things I could never do without
I would like to paraphrase the philosopher Epicurus here, which stated that it does not matter a lot what you eat, but with whom you eat. I think that there is a lot of truth in this statement and that good company is the key to a good and meaningful life. After all, by nature we are social beings.

If I am surrounded by good company, the next thing I need is a well maintained body of knowledge in order to have a nice conversation. With this I am referring towards the collective body of knowledge, and I also think the conversation gets more interesting when there are a lot of different individual bodies of knowledge.

The next thing I could not do without is music. This is such a huge part of my life that I cannot imagine a life without it. As a disclaimer: I do not mean to say that I am a very good musician by the way.

Finally, I could never do without intellectual stimuli. Without these I would grow numb very fast.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Like I mentioned before: Philosophy and Theology, Music and Art in general and Education (or Learning in general).
On a typical Friday night I am
At home or playing Exalted with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not very good at making phone calls without video.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 18–26
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For long-term dating
You should message me if
If you see a spelling or a grammatical error, if you like classical music or jazz music, if you like to discuss philosophy, if you like someone who is different than the mainstream guy but is not a hipster (of which I am aware is contradictory) or if you are passionate about diverse topics as well.