"It’s almost impossible to finish something in the Basicyear, and when is something finished anyway? Is it finished when you decide it’s finished? In general you focus more on starting something. To start something, to get something out of your hands and then the process comes. 

Sometimes I’m not even able to start, I guess that’s my biggest struggle right now. And then, well, the hardest part about studying anyway is to not discourage yourself by all the opinions of everyone, to not float away. You always have to stay honest to yourself."

Ilona West, 24, The Netherlands.