I’m very passionate about writing, history (especially pre-Christian and modern European history), politics, science, philosophy and music (especially punk and black metal). Other musical genres I'm interested in mainly include subgenres of rock, metal and punk, including (but not limited to) hard rock, alternative rock, post-rock, alternative metal, progressive metal, black metal, post-black metal, melodic death metal, technical death metal, folk metal, Viking metal, hardcore punk, crust punk, blackened crust, grindcore, anarcho-punk, and some pop punk, metalcore and post-hardcore. Currently, my favorite bands are Agalloch, Anti-Flag and Harakiri for the Sky. I’m also rather fond of languages. My native language is Dutch, and I’m a proficient speaker of English and German. I’m in possession of two Cambridge certificates in the English language: FCE (First Certificate in English) and CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), on both of which I scored Grade A. I’m also fluent in French and Afrikaans to a certain extent, and possess some knowledge of Spanish, Hindi-Urdu and several North Germanic languages.
My name is Joe. I am 19 years old, and I was born and raised in an Amsterdam suburb to parents of mixed European and South Asian descent. I studied Earth & Economics (a combination of earth sciences and economics) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) for one year, before switching to History at the University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam; UvA), with which I’ll be commencing in September.