INTERVIEW 51st BOARD
- Who are you?
Hi! My name is Juliette and I’m 22 years old. This year I had the honor to be President of the 51st MAEUR Board. Last year I graduated from the International Bachelor Communication and Media, after which I decided to take a gap year to fully focus on this board and my commitment of taking MAEUR to the next level.
- What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
During my Bachelor's, I developed an interest in marketing, which was something I then wanted to further explore. In my second year, I became aware of the existence of MAEUR and applied for the Activity Committee. Due to the fact that I learned a lot that year, and since I had the plan to do something completely different for a year after my Bachelor's, I decided to take it a step further and apply for a position in the 51st board. I have never regretted my decision!
- What is your function and what does it entail?
As President of MAEUR, I am responsible for a variety of things. The most important one is implementing the (long-term) strategy composed at the beginning of the year and making sure that everything we do is in line with our goals. Thereafter, it’s also my job to make sure that all the board members feel comfortable and motivated, and that all the noses are pointed in the same direction. This also means that I lead board meetings and meetings with our supervisory boards. Furthermore, I am the public figure of the association, meaning I am the connecting link between our association and the university/other study associations and stakeholders. Lastly, I am also a board member of Interfaculty Rotterdam and the Marketing Association Netherlands, with whom I stay in contact throughout the whole year.
- Describe the day in the life of a President.
When arriving at the office on a Monday morning, I always start my day by catching up with fellow board members about how their weekend was. Then, I go through the e-mails I received over the weekend and answer them. After that, I prepare the board meeting that is coming up, as we have meetings twice a week for which I need to prepare the agenda. During this meeting, we discuss the planning of the week, events that are coming up or other things that require action. After these meetings, I often sit down with every board member individually to discuss their personal progress and difficulties they came across. After these individual meetings, I often go to external meetings, with for example Interfaculty Rotterdam, faculty members or the Marketing Association Netherlands. These meetings are, however, spread out over the weeks, so mostly I have a lot of time during the day to help my fellow board members where necessary and complete my smaller to-do’s. On the first Wednesday of the month, we have our Marketing Drink, which I’m always looking forward to!
- What did you learn from your time as a board member?
I learned a lot more this year than I expected. Not just practical skills, but I also learned a lot about myself and how to deal with a large variety of situations. It is my responsibility to keep every board member motivated, and although this was quite hard sometimes, I learned how to do this and how to keep the calm during stressful times. I often made mistakes, so did my fellow board members, but we all guided each other through this and learned a lot from each other by dealing with our mistakes. It’s a great learning environment! Lastly, I learned how to make tough decisions and give/receive feedback all the time, which made me a lot more confident.
- What is your most fun memory?
Besides the hard work that a board year requires, there is plenty of time to also enjoy the fun things! Especially the social activities are really fun, and believe me, there’s plenty of them! Besides the monthly Marketing Drinks, we also went away twice this year for a whole weekend, during the Active Members Weekend and the ICP Weekend. I think that I had the most fun during these weekends! Staying in a big house in the middle of nowhere, partying and playing games with everyone for three days and getting to know each other. Even thinking about these weekends puts a smile on my face!
- What are you going to do after your board year?
After this year, I will start my Master's in Marketing Management. After a year of not studying, having fun and working for MAEUR, it is time to also get back to the more serious things. However, I am also looking forward to studying again!
- What’s your favorite quote?
My all-time favorite quote is from the movie Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!”. This is definitely applicable to this board year. At the beginning of the year, you have no idea how your fellow board members will be, what you will be doing and how everything will go. However, just like with chocolate, no matter what you get, it is important that you make the best of it, enjoy it, and see it as a great learning experience!
- What advice would you give to someone who is considering a board year?
My advice: take the leap. Although it is scary and exciting, it will be a year in which you learn so much about yourself and what it is like to have the lead over a whole association. I recommend you to talk to as many current board members as possible so that you get a clear view of what every position entails and what position fits you best. If you are interested, we are always available to help you make up your mind! Feel free to contact me when you have an interest in a board year in general, or if you want to know more about being President. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call/Whatsapp me with this number, +31 6 83 89 10 84. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!