INTERVIEW 50th BOARD
- Who are you?
My name is Manon, 22 years old, and I’m the Secretary & Vice-President of the 51st MAEUR board. Next to MAEUR, I am completing half of my Master's Business Information Management at the RSM.
- What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
After finishing my bachelor's Business Administration, it was time for a new challenge. I was looking for a way to gain professional skills and experiences, while still being able to start my masters, and a board year was the perfect fit! In the third year of my bachelor's, I did the Bachelor Consultancy Project at MAEUR but I never really became active at the association during that year. However, since I learned that MAEUR is open to everyone, I decided to take a chance and apply for the 51st board. Up until this day, I am very glad I have taken the leap.
- What is your function and what does it entail?
The function of Secretary & Vice-President entails many facets. I am responsible for all the incoming and outgoing emails, supervising the activity committee, remaining tires with alumni and organizing events for them. I also support the President and take her place whenever she cannot be present. This year I also got a bonus, namely, organizing the tenth lustrum of MAEUR together with the lustrum committee! This is only a brief overview, as there are many more aspects to this function and the board year as a whole.
- Describe a day in the life of a Secretary & Vice-President.
To be honest, no day is the same. I usually start my day by finishing all small organizational tasks, such as opening my mail (which is exploding most of the time), booking rooms, and creating mailings for our members. In the afternoon I usually focus on one specific project. As Secretary & Vice-President, there is each month at least one different event that requires your attention. For example, Former Board Dinner in September, Active Members Weekend in November, Constitution Drink in December, Active Members Night in January, General Members Assembly in February, and so on. This makes every day different and calls for co-operation with different parties.
- What did you learn from your time as a board member?
This board year has taught me all different kinds of things. From time-management, and negotiating skills to people management, and event planning. One of the most valuable experiences is leading the association together with your fellow board members and having all different type of challenges facing you. This year was not an easy one with the COVID-19 outbreak. However, it has taught me a lot about crisis management.
- What is your most fun memory?
One of the most fun memories of this year is definitely Active Members Weekend at the start of your board year. You go away with all the active members and get to know each other. Since this is the first event that is organized by the Activity Committee, it is extra great to see that all their hard work in a short period of time has paid off. However, the moments of just being at the office together are also a big part of my fun memories of this year. Hearing everyone’s crazy stories, creating new traditions, and unplanned ending up at the Smitse together.
- What are you going to do after your board year?
After my board year, I will finish the other half of my masters, and hopefully, I will be combining it with an internship. Since the lustrum gala, unfortunately, had to be postponed, I will keep involved in the organization of that event.
- What’s your favorite quote?
“Great things never come from your comfort zone”
After graduating from high school, I did an exchange year in the United States, which was definitely a step out of my comfort zone but also one of the best decisions I have made. Somehow, I got back into my comfort zone during my bachelors and I was planning on finishing my masters in one year. Study delay was not really something that fitted my alley. However, this extra year has been a great investment in myself and I gained so much more valuable experience than I expected.
- What advice would you give to someone who is considering a board year?
Just do it! It is definitely going to be a valuable experience where you will be able to run a study association for a year together with fellow board members. You will meet a lot of new people, gain new skills, and develop yourself. Your opportunity is calling!
If you are interested to know more about MAEUR, a board year or, more specifically, being Secretary & Vice-President, please message me at email@example.com or +31 6 83 52 38 53