Meet the VSAE board of 2022

Meet the VSAE board of 2022

Sara van Stratum
21 februari 2022
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Meet the new VSAE board!

At the beginning of this semester, the new board started their board year. The board consists of 5 econometrics and actuarial science students. For the upcoming year, the five of them will be in charge of the entire association. They were interviewed on their first day as a board member. Let’s get to know them!

Julie van Oldenborgh

I’m Julie van Oldenborgh and I’m the chairman of the VSAE this year. I’m in my third year of my bachelor’s and in my spare time, I like cooking, running, and skiing

Why did you choose to do a board year?

I wanted to do something different for a change. After high school, I started studying immediately, so I’ve been studying my whole life already. I thought it would be fun to experience something different this year. I didn’t want to take a gap year so a board year seemed fitting for me since I can experience many new things and learn a lot. I am very excited to work with a small group of people to do great work for the VSAE and actually achieve something. At my age, the responsibility I get as a board member is much greater than I would get at any company if I would have chosen to do an internship instead. So I wanted to test myself and see how I can handle it while also learning a lot and growing as a person.

What are your expectations for this year?

My biggest expectation for this year is that all the members of the VSAE will grow closer and that they will be more involved with the VSAE again. Because of covid, this was all a bit more difficult and understandably some distance arose between the members and the VSAE. Our goal for this year is to decrease this distance and to create a new close bond. We’re also focusing on the mental health of our members. We think that the mental health of students is very important and if we can do even the tiniest thing to help, we want to do it.

What do you hope to accomplish as chairman of the VSAE this year?

I want to always be there for the members and I hope to be a good point of contact for everyone, not just very involved members of the VSAE but also the members a bit more in the background. I’m hoping to grow as a person, be there for everyone, be a good leader for the rest of the board and help them whenever necessary.

Ira de Witte

I’m Ira de Witte, 20 years old, and I’m in my third year of econometrics. I did a minor in marketing and this year I will fulfill the functions of internal affairs, secretary, and vice-chairman of the VSAE. My main focus will be internal affairs. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, organizing fun activities, and going to VSAE events!

Why did you choose to do a board year?

I have always been very active within the VSAE. I’ve already been in a lot of committees, for example, the econometric games, SFT, introduction days, and the VSAE weekend. Also, I go to every Borrel, I’ve only ever missed one! Because of this, I know a lot of people in the VSAE and it seemed like the right next step after all the committees I’ve been in. I’m very excited to make a contribution to the VSAE this year.

What are your expectations for the upcoming year?

First of all, I’m expecting to have a lot of fun this year with the new board and a lot of cool activities. My personal hopes for this year are to be able to improve the VSAE even more and to grow the association. Besides, I’m hoping to regain the close bond between VSAE members despite covid and to integrate international students and business analytics students in the VSAE even more than before. Hopefully everyone will be going to the social activities again this year.

What are your responsibilities as an internal affairs officer?

As the internal affairs officer, I am the point of contact for our members. Everyone can come to me with any questions they have about the VSAE, the UvA in general, or anything else. For me it is also important to know everyone, this helps when forming the committees, to make sure the committees are working well and are sociable.

Sjors den Boer

I’m Sjors den Boer, I’m 21 years old, and I’m a master’s student. I finished my bachelor’s degree last year. In my spare time I like playing football, I’ve played my whole life and still really enjoy it. This year I will be the treasurer of the VSAE.

Why did you choose to do a board year?

I’m only 21 years old and I already started my master’s. Half of my student time I was at home due to covid and it felt like my student life went by way too fast because of it. This year I wanted to slow down a bit and catch up on it. I didn’t just want to party all year but I wanted to do something practical and develop some skills. After thinking about it carefully I couldn’t think of any reason not to do it.

What are your expectations for this year? And what are you hoping to learn this year?

We have all been through a rough time these past few years. I’m hoping we’re able to leave it all behind us. Hopefully, we can involve all the members of the VSAE with new activities this year to catch up on all the missed time and to reintegrate the student life for our members.

Of all the functions on the board, the treasurer is the one where you really learn a hard skill, namely accounting. So I hope by the end of the year I can master this skill and the VSAE budget still looks good.

What is the role of a treasurer?

As treasurer, I’m responsible for all the finances of the VSAE this upcoming year. I have to manage the budget and oversee where all the money is going. With this also comes the responsibility to divide all the money over the committees and Borrels and to keep track of how much money is coming in through our sponsors. Besides these duties, there is also the responsibility of any board member to coordinate committees.

Why is the treasurer important for the VSAE?

Every event from every committee has expenses and incomes. This needs to be managed carefully for every event. So behind the scenes, the treasurer is involved in every event the VSAE has. Without the money nothing of it is possible.

Anneke Schroeter

I’m Anneke, I’m 20 years old, and I’m in my third year of actuarial sciences. This year my functions will be handling the marketing and external affairs of the VSAE. In my free time I like cooking, running, traveling, and windsurfing in the summer.

Why did you choose to do a board year?

I thought it would be very educational and versatile. Besides, the experience of a board year is not something you will get at any other time in your life. All five of us are in the middle of our studies and now all of the sudden we get to be the boss of this whole association. We can make all the decisions ourselves this year which I think will be very provocative.

What are your expectations for this year?

My goal is definitely to involve the members of the VSAE in the activities again. Thinking about commercial affairs, my goal is to provide students with an even bigger and more diverse supply of companies for them to work with.

Why is marketing within the VSAE so important?

These days, everyone is on social media which makes it the way to reach students. Also for companies, it is the way to reach out and involve students. Marketing is the way to get everyone excited and to let them know what is going on.

Randy Griekspoor

I’m Randy Griekspoor, I’m 20 years old and in my second year of econometrics. This year I will take a year off to be on the board of the VSAE. I’m working with Anneke on the external affairs of the VSAE. In my free time, I like playing or watching football and chatting with anyone.

Why did you choose to do a board year?

I think the VSAE is an amazing association and it’s always very fun at the events or Borrels. So I thought a year of fun? That sounds great! I also thought it would be very valuable to be able to contribute something to the association that I like so much.

What are your expectations for this year?

I’m hoping we can organize really cool activities and that they can all finally happen this year. We have a lot of ideas in their initial state, so hopefully, we can elaborate on these ideas and have another amazing VSAE year coming up.

How are you planning to maintain contracts with the sponsors of the VSAE?

The most important thing is to be consistent with the contact and to honor the agreements we have to keep them satisfied and maintain a smooth relationship.