Chair: Mariska van der Velde

Hi! I am Mariska and I am this year’s chair. I really love the homely environment that we have on our faculty, and through my board year I now have the opportunity to contribute to this atmosphere myself. Besides being on the board I am currently doing the Research Master at our faculty, with a focus on cultural and religious heritage.

As the chair, my tasks include preparing and leading the meetings, keeping up relations with other associations and, most importantly: making sure there is always enough coffee for all board members. Furthermore, I (should) be the one who is always aware of everything that is going on, what has been done and what still needs to be done. This might sound a bit intimidating, but it is actually really interesting  to know exactly what is happening at the faculty; whenever there is news, I am often one of the first people to hear it.

So why choose to do a board year? First things first: it. is. fun. Not only do you get to go to plenty of fun activities, you also get a say what activities will be organized in the first place. Besides it being a lot of fun (!!) there are also the slightly-more-boring but also-super-important aspects of career skills and personal development. Yes, you will organize fun stuff, but sometimes things don’t go as planned and then it’s up to you to find a solution; you learn how to perform under pressure, how to get stuff done, and gain experience in creative problem solving. You also get to experience working together with people for a longer time: then it’s not a question of whether you will disagree, but when you will disagree, and you will need to find a way to compromise and keep everyone happy (which you can flaunt on your resume as part of your interpersonal skills!).

If you have any questions about Gerardus, doing a board year or being the chair, don’t be afraid to send me a message!