INTERVIEW 51st BOARD
- Who are you?
My name is Eveline Wulff. I am 22 years old and the Project Coordinator of the 51st board of MAEUR. After completing my International Bachelor of Communication and Media (IBCoM) last year, I am now studying Marketing Management at the RSM.
- What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
Before deciding to apply for the MAEUR board, MAEUR was a very new association to me as I had never been part of a MAEUR committee before and I had been to very few events. However, the idea of running an association and all the responsibilities that come with it had appealed to me for a while. I heard wonderful stories about MAEUR from friends and talked about the association with the current board members which really sparked my first love for MAEUR. I found that there was a fun and down-to-earth atmosphere that was perfectly balanced with professional work ethics and interesting events. This, in combination with the fact that I want to work in the field of marketing later, led me to apply for a board year at MAEUR.
- What is your function and what does it entail?
As a Project Coordinator, I recruit, manage, and coach (most of) the 80 active members of MAEUR. It’s my responsibility to ensure that the committees are on the right track and that their events or projects are a success. I also oversee the yearly planning and manage the dates of all MAEUR events. In a nutshell, the Project Coordinator is the link between the board and the active members, so communication is key for this position!
- Describe the day in the life of a Project Coordinator:
The first thing I usually do when I get to the office is to make myself a cup of tea and check my WhatsApp messages and email to see if anyone has tried to reach me. Then, I would, for example, have a meeting with the chair of a committee or the whole committee to see what progress the committee has made. I then communicate all relevant information about the committees to the board in our board meetings twice a week. I also meet with the Treasurer, the External Relations Coordinator, and the Marketing Coordinator on a biweekly basis in our Cross-Functional meeting where we discuss the progress of the committees and what steps need to be taken. Most of my time, I spend helping committees with the organization of their event or project, answering their questions about anything such as the budget, or give my view on various matters related to the committee. When I am at the office, it also happens quite often that committee members just walk by the office to get their answers on questions right away and then we discuss how everything is going.
- What did you learn from your time as a board member?
There are so many things that I learned so far but if I had to narrow it down to two things, I would say I learned a lot about people management and about problem-solving. In terms of people management, I have always loved working in teams which is why I really enjoy my position as Project Coordinator as I get to work with so many different people who all have such different characters. Aside from my fellow board members, I work together with eight committees who all have different group dynamics and ways of working/communicating. It’s really interesting to me to see what I can do to best support each committee based on these group dynamics. For instance, does it work better if I am more involved in the committee or do they need more autonomy? Second of all, I learned a lot about problem-solving and finding solutions in difficult situations. It occasionally happens that something related to the organization of an event or the management of a project does not go exactly according to plan. From that, I have learned to be proactive and make decisions under pressure to solve any problems or conflicts as soon as they arise first and then take action immediately after if necessary.
6. What is your most fun memory?
There are endless fun memories to choose from this year but something that really stands out to me is the Active Members Weekend. Before this weekend, we worked really hard on the recruitment of our committee members. At the weekend, I had a feeling that it all came together and that I finally really got to know all the committee members that I would be working closely with the coming year. There have also been loads of other fun memories such as events and all the nights I spent with my fellow board members, active members, and other associations. I am sure that my board holiday this summer will also be high on the fun memories list!
7. What are you going to do after your board year?
After my board year, I am finishing up my master's in Marketing Management and hopefully starting an internship or a side job somewhere.
8. What’s your favorite quote?
“Teamwork makes the dream work”. This quote really embodies my experience as a Project Coordinator. Even though a board year is quite an investment of time and effort, it will return so many wonderful memories, skills, and new people that you wouldn’t even have dreamed of before starting!
9. What advice would you give to someone who is considering a board year?
Honestly, just do it! You definitely won’t regret it. Looking back, I am so happy with my decision to apply for the MAEUR board as I had one of the best years in my student life. If you apply for the MAEUR board, I am sure that you will have a lot of fux1n, meet many amazing people, learn a lot about yourself that you didn’t expect to learn, and have a lot of responsibility! If you are interested in joining the 52nd MAEUR board, I suggest finding out what position appeals to you most. Having a cup of coffee with current board members really helped me last year to a get clearer image of what it is like to be in the MAEUR board and fulfill each position that I was interested in.
If you are interested in being next year’s Project Coordinator, I am always up for a cup of coffee (or a facetime call in times of COVID-19 ;))! You can also always send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.