Board Stories #1

Board Stories #1

Dear Esperians,
As the applications for the next board of Esperia are up and running, we would like to inform you about the various positions within the board you can apply for! Today, Laura Yska and Gerjanne Tichelaar will tell us something about their tasks.

Hi everyone! I’m Laura and for the academic year of 2019-2020, I’m the Chairman of Esperia. Almost three years ago, I moved to the beautiful city of Groningen and I’ve been a member of Esperia ever since.
As the Chairman, I do various things. The board meets every week and I create the agenda for those meetings and I lead them. I also need to keep an eye on the executions of all decisions, which probably sounds more scarier than it is haha. I’m also the one who creates the agenda for the General Members Assemblies and the person who leads them. Besides that, I’m often in contact with other study associations and people from the University.
Every Monday, I work as a babysitter for a family with 3 children, which is a lot of fun. In my free time, I often spend time with my family and friends. I love walking around the city, doing yoga and watching terrible TV series. I guess my friends would describe me as a bubbly person, who cares a lot about others and is always in for a party. This year already has taught me so many things and I am very grateful for this experience!

My name is Gerjanne Tichelaar, I am 22 years old and I have already finished my bachelor of European Languages and Cultures. I did Spanish as my major language and had two profiles; linguistic and literature. I decided to apply for the board very last minute, without giving it too much thought, but it turned out to be a very good decision.
I love writing and this position has given me the opportunity to be creative and use my love of writing for, for example, the newsletter. It has taught me how to write professionally, with the many emails that I have to send as Secretary. As the Secretary, you are responsible for the board email and the secretary email. For me, this means checking the email every day and responding when I can and discussing it in the next meeting with my board if necessary. I am in contact with a lot of other associations, with the university, with companies and of course, with the members.
As Secretary, I also write the minutes of every meeting, so you have to be able to type fast! Because I wrote the minutes and fixed them the next day, I always knew exactly what was said and had a clear overview of what has to be done. I write to-do lists for everyone.
I am very happy I applied for a board year because it is a great experience. I have learned how to work together with people, professionalism, the workings of the university and how to plan efficiently. Apart from that, I had a lot of fun with my board, the members of Esperia and the boards of other associations. I am very happy I decided to do a board year.

If you are interested in doing a board year, you can send your letters of motivation to from the 17th of March onward! If you are not sure about it yet, you can join our online board Q&A session on the 31st of March and the 8th of April.

Hope to see you then!
Much love from the board.

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