2012 – Present : Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum, http://www.gymnasiumhilversum.nl
I will graduate in 2018 with a VWO Diploma. This is the highest level of senior education in the Netherlands and
grants entry into every university
I am following the NT&NG Profile which includes the following subjects: Netherlands, Ancient Greek, English, Civics, Mathematics B, Science, Chemistry, Biology and Gymnastics. Extra classes that I attend are: NLT(Nature, Life and Science), Mathematics D and Economics.
My favorite subject are Mathematics, Science, Gymnastics, and NLT (Nature, Life and Science)
Dutch : native speaker
English : advanced
German : intermediate
French : intermediate
Chinese : beginner
Academic Achievements and Projects
2016 : Participant in European Union Science Olympiad
2012 – 2016 : Participant in National Scientific Olympiad (Maths)
2013 – 2015 : Participant in International Junior Science Olympiad
2017 : College tour ‘Exciting Molecules’ at a local university where we learned about how computer processors are
made and interactions between matter and light. Included a tour around the facilities and machines concerning it
2017 : Masterclass ‘Dark Material’ at a local university where different professors talked about dark matter
2017 : I attended a tour of BASF, a Dutch company which researches ways to create a sustainable future
2017 : I visited the ABN Amro bank and learned a lot; how they calculate and cover their risks, which jobs there are
and we also visited the trading floor and learned about that process
2015 : Excursion to Givaudan, to learn how a chemistry company works
2012 : each grade 7 class had to pick the top 5 talented musicians and together they had to write a song in 1 day.
We competed and against the other 7 classes and our song won; I played the piano
2015 : member of the technical committee involved with designing an app for the school
Hilversum, April 2017
To Whom it May Concern
I am pleased to write this letter in order to recommend Tom van Klaarbergen to you.
Tom is currently a 12th grade pupil at the Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum and he is about to start his final exams. I was Tom’s Physics teacher in grade 7 and 9, and taught him Chemistry in grade 9 and 11. During the years Tom showed to be very keen about the subjects we discussed in class: he came up with tough questions, which were appreciated, but frequently caused me trouble finding the right answers. Nevertheless, he was one of the most faithful homeworkers of the class and proved to be a very gifted pupil.
Because I noticed that Tom easily handled the subjects and assignments in class I asked him to join the ‘Snellius’ project. This is an extracurricular project offering challenges and master classes to talented pupils, stimulating them to excel in scientific subjects. Tom joined this project and during the years he participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad (twice) and the European Union Science Olympiad. He had to collaborate with a team of three pupils, demonstrating Biology, Physics and Chemistry skills. Tom also joined us in some visits to Universities and Research Institutes, such as the ‘Exciting molecules’ tour (following classes and meeting investigators of the Advanced Research Centre for Nanolithography). Furthermore he participated in several master classes (amongst others) ‘Dark matter’ at one of the Dutch universities and recently he was part of a small group of selected pupils to visit BASF, a research company developing catalysts for the food industry.
This all displays Tom’s broad interest and eagerness for knowledge and for understanding subjects in depth. He shows a high level of perceptiveness and he is one of the few pupils able to understand the deeper meaning of certain concepts and phenomena. Usually he is a silent worker, but as I mentioned before, beware of the next question he is thinking about asking.
It was a pleasure to have Tom in class, and have him join the special projects. What always strikes me most is the gentle personality of Tom, he will never be cocky about his talents or achievements and is a friendly, adaptive and humorous guy who is always willing to help fellow pupils and teachers.
Now that Tom is about to fly out and start a scientific study, I hope he will apply for an institute that will be suitable for his scientific interest, his giftedness and great personal skills. Tom told me he wants to combine his study with sports, I don’t know much about Tom’s sportive achievements but I believe that physical activity is good for the body, and makes him ready to be seated in science classes; right where he belongs!
Eric J. Snelders
Gemeentelijk Gymnasium Hilversum
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