Coffee Committee

About the Coffee Committee

The idea of the Coffee Committee is that you as a VSAE member can grab a coffee (or other beverage) with a member of the committee. You can have this drink in a cafe, during a walk or any other way you would like. During the drink you can talk about struggles you may have with your studies, social life or anything else in life. But if you just want some company you are also more than welcome to have a drink with a committee member. Obviously you can also (video)call, chat or meet up in any way you want. It is all up to you!

Below you can find some information about every member of the Coffee Committee. You can plan something by sending a text to the committee member you want to have a chat with.

Important: your appointment and anything you discuss with a committee member will remain confidential.

Get to know the committee


Hi, my name is Lobke, I'm 19 years old and I'm a third year econometrics student. In my free time you can often find me in the pool or on my bike.

I'm an active person: there's a lot of different things I like and I'm always busy. Because I like to do so much, I have often struggled with stress. I've gotten better at managing this, and I would love to share my tips and tricks to help others. Besides that I care a lot about the people around me, and I think it is important that people feel safe and comfortable.

If you're struggling with anything or just want to have a chat, you can always text or call me so we can meet up :)

Contact information : +31 6 27 42 37 60


Hi! My name is Selma.

I mostly spend my free time with friends, but when I'm by myself I also like cooking, sports and playing music. I'm generally open to new experiences and I like trying different things, so I'm sure we have at least one hobby in common! I'm originally from Finland (which is a beautiful country, don't get me wrong) but where mental health issues are unfortunately quite common. This means that whatever you're struggling with I know that you're not alone. I've also had periods when I've struggled myself so I hope I can provide a very understanding listening ear.

If you ever want to talk, call, or text you can reach me at the number below.

Contact information: +358 44 321 39 31


Hi, I'm Coen, 23 years old and finishing up my bachelor's degree. No board for me, but I am part of this committee as I'm really interested in psychology and enjoy to connect with people. But foremost, because I want to help people feel better.

My connection to mental health mainly stems from a traumatic brain injury I suffered 5 years ago. This accident has had significant impact on my life, leading to physical, cognitive and social challenges of some of which I still face today. I have made the mistake of trying to handle everything myself, even if you’re able to do so, being heard and gaining an outside perspective is always helpful. That’s also why I’d be more than willing to use/share my experiences to help others who are struggling. 

Moreover, I'm passionate about sports (especially football) and food/cooking. Also I like to read and play games. So hit me up if you're feeling down and just want to chat or have a laugh.

In either case, I'm here to listen to you. For now, take care.

Contact information: +31 6 39 10 06 57


Hi! This is Damla, I am 20 years old and from Turkey. I study Business Analytics and in my second year. I'm currently the Internal Affairs of the board. This means that I meet people for coffee on a regular basis so it's not unusual to see me talking to a member in a café. 

Besides hanging out with my friends, I enjoy various sports such as basketball, running and windsurfing. all. I also love watching movies and TV series. Not to mention that I am a bit of a geek when it comes to history. So, I’m pretty sure we can find something interesting for both of us. 

Whenever I needed help or someone, I was very glad to have people to talk to which got me through a lot. 

If you have anything on your mind that you want to share or simply just chat know that I would be glad to talk to you. 

You can always text or call me!

Contact information : +31 6 25192965


Hey everyone! My name is Daan, I’m 20 years old and in my second year of the bachelor Econometrics & Data Science. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports like tennis, padel, golf and more. Besides that, I enjoy cooking and basically everything related to food :) 

I hope you (are starting to) feel at home here in Amsterdam, at the UvA and at the VSAE. I, personally, have also been an international student, in the United States. Unfortunately, I did not really feel at home at my university in the U.S. and decided to not finish my studies there, to come back to the Netherlands. I would have loved to have an association like the VSAE with a Coffee Committee in the U.S., I would have definitely used it. Therefore, if you ever feel like you are missing home, or you want to talk about the struggles of being an international student, I am always available for a chat, a coffee or to play a game!

Besides that, feel free to come by the VSAE rooms at the UvA (REC E1.32) at any time! As the Board, we are always there, and the member’s room is always full of members who are studying together, having lunch or just hanging out. Another great way to meet new people! 

Contact information: +31 6 37 31 42 45