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Get to know Patrick Klaiber!

What is your role/position in the IDA program?

Course Coordinator Theoretical Models of Individual Differences.

How long have you been teaching?

I first started teaching statistic tutorials in the 2nd year of my Bachelor studies. This is now about 10 years ago. Since then, I had the pleasure to teach in a variety of different settings and subjects.

What do you like about teaching?

Sometimes I feel, I learn more from the students than they do from me. It is such a pleasure seeing young adults grow and flourish during their time in university.

What is the reason you became a researcher?

Asking the right questions and finding the right tools to get to the bottom of them brings me a lot of joy. Topic wise, it fascinated me how small minor positive events are such an integral part of our daily lives, occurring much more frequently than stressors. There is a clear gap in our understanding of what causes them and what their health implications are. I hope my work can help fill that gap.

What is the most fascinating about human beings to you?

The power of human emotions in all aspects of daily life.

Are there times where you doubt researching or university?

It is such slow work and it often takes a lot of patience.

What makes IDA students unique?

Critical thinking and creativity.

If you could change something in the university setting what would you change?

More basic non-grant funding to get your ideas off the ground.

What advice would you give future IDA students?

Take the time in IDA to explore multiple topics and areas of research. If you stay in research, you will become an expert in one field. Enjoy the breadth!

What is a collaborative project that you liked and worked with an IDA student on? If you want you can add the doi.

I am currently supervising my first IDA MA thesis, which has been a very gratifying process so far. I will share more once we have the results.

How are you experiencing the teacher-student relationship in the IDA program?

All IDA teachers are deeply invested in the personal growth of the students. Thus, I experience the relationship with IDA students as open-minded, growth-oriented and respectful.

If you are not teaching or doing research, what else do you like doing in your personal time?

After moving to the Netherlands, I just started rowing. All the waterways make this such a nice way to exercise.

Is there anything we missed and you would like to share? This can also be something personal e.g. a motto.

non vivere bonum est, sed bene vivere

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