Hanneke van der Meer – Events Manager – 2020/2021
Hi! My name is Hanneke and I’m the Events Manager of ESN Rotterdam this year. I am 21 years old and I have been living in Rotterdam for 3 years now. In July I graduated from my bachelor Econometrics and Operations Research at Erasmus University. This year I will be a full-time board member of ESN.
Why a board year?
Because of my multiple backpacking trips and exchange I discovered that I love meeting people from all over the world. This is the reason why I wanted to become the Events Manager of ESN Rotterdam. You will find me at most of our events as well as at the ESN office. Next year I’m planning on finalizing my studies with a master’s degree, but before that I am working hard and enjoying the vibrant student life with all the international students.
As the Events Manager of ESN Rotterdam, I’m in charge of the social events, the SocialInclusion events and the city trips. This means that I have to organize and attend around six events per month. For this, I have the help of three committees. This means that I also have to manage these committees and make sure that they can do their work. Other events I organize are for example parts of the ESN introduction days (both summer and winter) and the after party of the official welcome ceremony. Especially the first months, when I didn’t have any committees yet, were extremely busy (since we still had the same number of events).
Attending the events is something that is fun, but also takes up a lot of time. Therefore, it’s difficult to say how many hours per week I spend on my function. Some weeks are very busy, while other weeks (exam periods for example) are less busy for me. Since I am a full-time board member, I am able to oversee three committees. Besides this, I am also in contact with third parties with whom we work together. This also calls for communication and negotiation skills.
During the events, it’s possible that things do not go as planned. In these situations, an events manager needs to be flexible and stay clear minded. It’s important that problems are quickly solved and most importantly, that participants don’t suffer. You are working in the students’ best interest, which is something to always keep in mind. I am very detail oriented, which can stress me out quickly since details easily don’t go as planned. In the end, participants usually don’t see the details, and the most important thing is that they have a great time during our events. As the events manager, you will learn a little more at each event!