• Interview: Sebastiaan Nuij


    1. Who are you?

    My name is Sebastiaan Nuij, the current treasurer of MAEUR. I was born in Breda 24 years ago. After my Bachelor in Business Administration, I completed my Master in Marketing Management at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) last summer.


    1. What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?

    During the last phase of my master I was doubting what to do after graduating: Starting to work, travel a bit or something else. At the time, I was also busy organizing the MAEUR Study Trip to Budapest. During that period, the time before the trip and during the trip, I was beginning to think about a board year. The more I was thinking about it, the more I liked the idea of one more year experiencing the student life and really being involved in it. In the end, I made the decision to postpone my other plans for at least one year and to apply for the position of Treasurer.


    1. What is your position and what does it entail?

    My function is the Treasurer, which means that I am responsible for the financial health of the association. I make sure that our expenses and revenues are correctly booked, bills are paid, have budget meetings with the several committees and work on plans for long term investments.


    1. Describe the day in the life of a Treasurer.

    My day starts off with reading through my mails and decide what is important and what not. Since you order most of the stuff the association buys, you can get quite some newsletters and spam. After selecting what’s really important, I have some bills to pay, which means that I also have to book them directly. If I have some free time before lunch, I start with some small tasks, like figuring how much a certain expense was last year or a financial request from a fellow board member


    1. What did you learn from this experience?

    Before I started the board year, I knew I was probably going to learn quite some things. Besides the hard skills like accounting and budget-making, I also learned how to deal with different characters, different nationalities and how to lead an association together with six other board members. As a Treasurer, you will get familiar with the rules and regulation of the Dutch tax authority, which is very useful knowledge for the future.


    1. What did you enjoy most about this board this year?

    Probably the interaction with active members and other associations. MAEUR is an association which has friendly ties with a couple of associations, emerging from a shared history. It is encouraged that every board keeps these ties tight, since it can benefit in both a professional and social way. By interacting with active members, you can share your enthusiasm. The longer you work with them, the more you see them grow in their project and in the end taking charge of it. That’s one of the nicest things to experience


    1. What are you going to do after your board year?

    After my board year I am planning a little bit of travelling before starting my professional career.


    1. What’s your favorite quote?

    “There is no reason to be alive if you can’t do deadlifts.” - Jon Pall Sigmarsson. It is somewhat related to going to the gym, but to me it means, if you are claiming that you are doing something for your development, better make sure you do it as good as possible.


    1. What advice would you give to someone who is considering a board year?

    Do not be afraid of the time it takes. It is not a lost year, it is a year in which you will learn skills which you can not learn anywhere else. Besides that, it is also a lot of fun, probably the most important reason why I choose to do a board year.


    If you have more questions about what it’s like to do a board year as Treasurer, contact me at treasurer@maeur.nl