Imke Greven – President & Events Manager – 2019/2020
Hoi! My name is Imke and I’m the President and the Events Manager of ESN Rotterdam this year. Born and raised in the South of the Netherlands, I am a real ‘Brabander.’ I am 21 years old and I have been living in Rotterdam for 3 years now. I graduated this past July from the International Bachelor Communication and Media. This year I will spend all the time I used to spend on studies, on ESN. 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 degree, but before that I am working hard and enjoying the vibrant student life with all the international students.
Why a board year?
After I came back from my exchange at York University in Toronto, I started to work on my Bachelor thesis. I realized quickly that before starting my Master, I wanted to do something different. I did not feel like travelling; I wanted to spend my time meeting new people in this city and developing myself. I knew about ESN through my studies, since many of my fellow students were international students. First I applied to become Events Manager, since I love organizing and attending events. When I was accepted to the 12th board of ESN, the position of President was added to my task description. To take on the role of President was quite a big step for me but I don’t regret it at all. I found that leadership skills come naturally if you fit the part. This year I am very motivated to organize successful and innovative events with my 3 committees. Besides that, I am convinced that together with the rest of the board this year will not only be great for the students, but also for our board! I am really looking forward to meet as many excited and motivated students at all our events.
The Event Manager of ESN Rotterdam is in charge of the social events, the SocialErasmus events and the city trips. This means that we have to organize and attend around six events per month. For this, I have the help of three committees. This means that the Events Manager also hasto manage these committees and make sure that they can do their work. Other events that are organized are parts of the ESN introduction days (both summer and winter) and the after party of the official welcome ceremony. Especially the first months, when we didn’t have any committees yet, were extremely busy (since we still had the same amount of events). Time management is very important in these busy periods.
Life after ESN // Michiel Kuhlmann // 9th board
I still clearly remember the first time I stood in the ESN office with the keys in my hand, the office that would be my home base for the whole year. I went from being a student to being a board member and the campus changed from a place to study to a place to reach students, organize events, have meetings and much more. Being given the responsibility for an organisation and the task of helping hundreds of (international) students feel at home in Rotterdam is something you dive into and which becomes part of your identity.
I’m still amazed by the energy and engagement the (international) students brought, lifting each event up to unique experiences for the students but also for the board and the committees. The international structure of ESN allowed me to attend ESN events abroad which were great learning opportunities, and fun as well! Meeting ESN board members from all over Europe is unique because all of them approach the same tasks differently due to their experiences and cultures.
There’s something irreplaceable about working with your board which creates so many memorable and fun moments together. The satisfaction of looking back at each event fuelled with the energy the students, seeing the organisation grow, the many accomplishments, the gained experience and level of team building makes being an ESN board member a once in a lifetime experience.