What was your college living situation? Were you stuffed into a tiny dorm room with a few roommates? Was the floor sticky with beer? Or was the floor made of dirt and a tin roof covered your head? College students living experiences vary across the world, and that is what was captured in this photo series.
Dutch photographer Henny Boogert created the photo project Images Connect to showcase how student’s living situations vary across the world. Some housing is very modest, and some looks better than the average millennial apartment.
Boogert traveled to 12 countries to explore the life of students across the world: Kenya, Cuba, The Philippines, India, Bolivia, Moldova, Russia, Italy, Germany, China, Thailand and his home country, The Netherlands.
Images Connectis an interactive project. When you log onto the site you can connect to all of the students featured in the photo series. It provides a short profile, and sometimes a quote from the student and a link to their Facebook account. So, this is 17-year-old Frances Sheryn Cabuyoo and she is studying electronics and communication engineering at the Technical Institute of the Philippines.
Americans may be more familiar with this type of men’s dorm room. Most straight, college-aged boys will have naked women plastered on their wall, like Mr. Hein here from The Netherlands. He is studying economics at Tilburg University.
The site also provides information about each one of the countries’ education statistics. For example, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, yet compared to the rest of the continent, it has the highest expenditures on education. It spends about 9.6 percent of its GDP on education.
This is Laura Kirst from Germany. She’s got a chic little place in Aachen, for which she says she pays about 220 euros a month. This is pretty cheap compared to other places in Europe or in the United States.
It’s not every day you see a Buddhist monk using a laptop. This is Aggapandi, and he is studying Humanity and English. He doesn’t have a Facebook account though, which makes sense, as updating your status isn’t very Zen.
These three Russian buddies are studying Economics in Russia. Russia has a ridiculous unnecessary amount of universities. There are 665 state run schools and 450 private schools. “This amount does not exist anywhere else in the world; it may be over the top even for China. The consequences are clear: devaluation of education standards,” said former president Dmitry Medvedev.
Only about three percent of the population in Kenya pursue higher education. Only in 2003, the Kenyan government introduced free education in primary schools. However, classes are still overcrowded and they don’t have enough money to pay teachers. This is Antony Waweru, who lives in the Mathare slum in Nairobi. He is studying medicine and says he’d like to work in a pharmacy.
The quality of housing between the previous photo and this one is vastly different. About 40 percent of the inhabitants of The Netherlands pursue higher education. Gert Zwart is studying Naval architecture.
Out of a population of over a billion people, only about seven percent pursue higher education. Also, over 90 percent of the universities are rated as below average.
“I want and I must become a top leader in Indian business before 2030,” says Pankaj Yadav. “ I’m interested in opening a travel agency and doing the business of petrol and estate. Right now I finish my study and I am looking for foreign investors for my business. Feel free to contact me and I will send you my business plan.”
How did some of these college living situations compare to yours?