I moved from Canada to the Netherlands in 2018 to start my Master’s and was looking for a way to get involved in student life while meeting a few Dutch friends outside of the international bubble. During the orientation week I heard about the roeivrerenigingen (rowing societies) on campus and decided to sign up for Proteus. At the time I had no idea what I was getting into, but it’s the best decision I could’ve made. It’s also been a cool way to learn Dutch, even if it’s mostly rowing terms!
After a 5 weeks intro-to-rowing period, you can continue in either the competitie or wedstrijd stream (I still don’t know the English words for these because they both translate to competition). Competitie rowing is the more chill stream where you can choose your own amount of training, while wedstrijd rowing is a bigger commitment. Apart from rowing, there are also lots of ways to get involved in the rowing society through boards/clubs and social events.
In my first year, I ended up in a competitie team that we named Ongekend (translates to unprecedented or unknown)! We were very fanatiek (enthusiastic) about rowing and put a lot of effort into training but also went to many of the borrels (drinks/parties) throughout the season.
In my second year at Proteus I joined the selectie (tryouts) for wedstrijd rowing and ending up in the Eerstejaars Lichte Dames Ploeg (Freshman Lightweight Ladies Team). It was echt gezellig (this also doesn’t translate well but means something really positive). So I am grateful for the experiences I’ve had at Proteus and I’m looking forward to next year.
I'm Emre Karaosmanoglu, I come from Turkey and I have a French background. I am doing my Mechanical engineering bachelor at the TU Delft. But since the bachelor of Mechanical engineering is in Dutch, I had first to learn Dutch in 6 months in 2018-19 then start my studies in 2019.
Apart from this I was a youth rower for 4 years and I was determined to row in the Netherlands. I heard a lot about Proteus-Eretes since when I was in Turkey. And during my OWee I registered myself for this team. Everyone was incredibly nice. And I had one goal, to row with the best ones of this team. Then my first year started as my rowing career with Proteus. From the beginning I did the selection for the professional Proteus Heavyweight team. We were training 6-7 times a week. I was at the same time worried about my BSA and also the intense racing season that was about to start. But everything went so well for my studies and at Proteus thanks to everyone I know. They never made me feel like a foreigner. We quickly became a family and everyone helped me either with my studies or with my rowing career. And I also started DJing for parties at Proteus (which are absolutely amazing). In short, Proteus-Eretes is for everyone and it doesn’t matter if you want to row at top level or just have fun with your teammates at parties.
Hi, my name is Marko. I come from Slovakia. I study computer science, and I am a member of Proteus-Eretes since my first year in Delft.
What I like about rowing is the balance it brings to my student life. In school, I get exhausted mentally. At Proteus-Eretes, I can break a sweat on an erg (ergometer), or I can calm my mind in a boat, surrounded by beautiful nature around the Delftse Schie.
In my first year, I wanted to have enough time for studying, but also row a lot. That is why I opted for competition rowing (competitieroeien). I had enough time to focus on school, and with my teammates, I traveled all over the Netherlands for rowing competitions. Together, we had fun at parties and rowed hard in a boat.
In my second year, I signed up for selection to pro rowing (wedstrijdroeien). I made it into the freshmen’s heavyweight team. The experience was something entirely else. Being in a group of people so dedicated to winning, pushed me to my limits every training.
During all this time, I got around Proteus-Eretes just fine with speaking English. Everyone there is friendly, and being part of an association is like finding a new family. During my experience, I have learned many new things about the dutch, student, and rowing culture. These are the memories I will keep my whole life.