About

Who am I?

My name is Michael van Egten, a 23-years-old International Business and Management student from the Netherlands. I have a strong interest in travelling and exploring new cultures, hence my decision to do an international study. I would like to use this website to share my stories and thoughts.

Interests

Travelling

The thing I love about travelling is that you'll meet so many new people, with amazing stories, in places you've never been and with cultures you've never expierenced before.

"Travelling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller".

Blog

Recent Blog Posts

Idyllic view of Nizwa
Recap of the Oman excursion
June 23, 2017

Even though the trip to Oman was over a year ago, I still think of it quite often. There were too many impactful events during this excursion, that I simply cannot get out of my mind. Starting with the Forum that was hosted by the Dutch Embassy and attended by both local and Dutch entrepreneurs, executives as well as important public figures. Besides lectures about topics ranging from the sustainable fishing industry to hedge funding and cultural differences, there was time to network. Which was, to be frank quite intimidating, since I was just a second-years student who was wildly unprepared to converse with the other attendees. I luckily managed to get into contact with several prominent figures during the lunch break at the second and last day of the event.

Driving through the mountain ranges of Jebel Shams
About to embark on an adventure!
April 10, 2017

August will be a big moment for me, this is when I will move to the Middle East. To be more specific, I will move to the Sultanate of Oman which is located on the eastern shores of the Arabic Peninsula, bordering with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the west and with Jemen in the south. The Gulf of Oman forms the border with its northern neighbours Iran and Pakistan.

Management information systems
Management information systems make organizations less social
April 18, 2016

Management information systems make a company/organization less social. Personal experience has shown that communication between employees has decreased after introducing a management information system. Besides that, does digital communication often lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations of what someone is trying to tell. While this form of gathering information eliminates all forms of personal interaction, it makes the uses of management information systems less social.