1. Who are you?
My name is Maxime Welling and I am the treasurer of the 52nd board. I was born and raised in Noordwijk 22 years ago. I am currently finishing my bachelor degree in Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management.
2. What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
During my bachelor, I did not know what master I wanted to apply for, still not sure, so I really wanted a gap year to find out what I like. I already worked as an intern which was much fun but also serious. I thought I would not have the time for a full board year as I still had to round up my bachelor next to my side job. However, I really wanted to enjoy my student life as well. Meeting new people, making my own choices, gaining experience and partying. When I heard that MAEUR was recruiting new board members I really liked the idea. I had the time to finish my bachelor's degree and to work, but at the same time I could enjoy the student life. Unfortunately, this year didn’t end up as expected, but I still think that through this board year I got the most out of the corona year.
3. What is your function and what does it entail?
My function is Treasurer, which means that I am responsible for the financial health of the association. This position really challenges your analytical and strategic thinking. Tasks are among other things: drafting an annual budget, having budget conversations with several committees, communicating with different stakeholders (university, audit/operational/strategic counsel, companies, bank, chamber of commerce etc.), booking revenues and expenses, drafting invoices, financial reports, proposals and tax reports and ultimately the association’s annual report.
4. Describe the day in the life of a Treasurer.
Since the new government measures, we are unfortunately forced to work from home. However, we have also been able to work at the office for a while. Probably, next year the latter will be the case. Taking into account a day at the office, I will start to describe what a regular Tuesday in the life of a treasurer looks like. At the beginning of the day I have a meeting planned with the whole board to discuss updates, strategic issues and planning. Before that, I always grab a cup of coffee to wake up. After our board meeting, I quickly scan my incoming mail. Then I start to prioritize, what is important today and needs to be done. Often I also have a (online) meeting with a chair of one of the committees to discuss their budget and financial progress; their event is coming closer. Then I book several expenses and revenues in our accounting system before starting with my 3-weekly financial report. After lunch, I complete the report and send it to the Audit Council. Finally, I move on to a cross functional meeting where we discuss the overall progress of the committees. When it is almost five o’clock we of course grab a beer at the Smitse.
5. What did you learn from this experience?
Next to developing some hard skills (e.g. accounting, budget-making) and enriching my knowledge (e.g. rules and regulation of the Dutch Tax Authority), I developed my personal skills. During my board year, I had to deal with different personalities, nationalities and difficult (unexpected) situations. Thereby, I had to learn negotiating, making consensuses, having difficult conversations but most importantly how to lead one of the biggest associations on campus together with my fellow board members.
6. What did you enjoy most about this board this year?
This year is quite different than the years before, but what I probably enjoyed the most is the strong and pleasant bond we have within our board. We have faced many obstacles this year and we were unable to interact a lot with our members in real life. Yet, we all had great moments together and enjoyed everything that was possible. I have learned a lot from my board members and I really appreciate them. I would not imagine doing a board year without them. Thereby, MAEUR is an interfaculty association which means you also interact with other (board) members of other study associations. Normally, you go for example to all constitution drinks (cobo’s) and birthdays (Dies’en) of the other associations to celebrate, drink and have fun together.
7. What are you going to do after your board year?
After my board year I am planning to start my master's at RSM, but I am still not sure which one.
8. What’s your favorite quote?
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
9. What advice would you give to someone who is considering a board year?
Just do it! It’s a lifetime experience and you will never regret it. Despite, COVID19 I don’t regret my choice to become a board member. Even though we could organize less social activities. During a board year, you have the unique opportunity to take a seat in the cockpit (board room) of a company at a very young age. It develops your strategic thinking, it exposes you to difficult and challenging situations and it allows you to grow personally. Next to all the hard work, you will also make a lot of new friends and have legendary times together. It will definitely enrich your life as a student.
If you have any questions about becoming the next Treasurer of MAEUR, feel free to contact me at email@example.com