Luca Sartorio – Secretary – 2019/2020
Hey! I’m Luca and I will be the Secretary of the 12th Board of ESN Rotterdam.
Born in Chicago and raised in Rio, coming from a family with different nationalities and having done three exchange programs in high school and university made me realize how nice is to be in contact with different cultures. I studied Economics for two years in my home town, but when I went for an exchange to study International Business in London, it made me realize how I am closer to that field. This is the reason why I started International Business at Erasmus University, where I’m currently in my second year alongside being in the Board of ESN.
Why a board year?
Last year I joined two committees of different associations and also did Dutch language courses, which made my schedule pretty tight while studying for the first year of my bachelor. For this year, I wanted to dive deeper into one single association, so doing a board year made a lot of sense to me. I have participated in different events from ESN over the past year, especially its famous ESN Tuesdays, but what caught my attention was their will to grow and professionalize itself. These qualities together with being a welcoming and sociable association were decisive for my decision to join. The workload so far is what was promised, challenging, but at the end of the day I am very motivated to do something that impacts so many students. One of this year’s objectives for our board is not only to create a welcoming environment for the internationals but also to bring them together with the Dutch. This proximity, in my view, can benefit the locals even more! I am very excited to work together with my board for the rest of this year, I am sure we will keep the ESN name strong and even more visible.
You are taking your organizational skills to a higher level whilst in the Secretary role. Differently from other positions where you take intensive care of one specific task, being the secretary means you will be constantly multitasking between various projects in order to keep the information flowing. You are the first contact person of stakeholders trying to reach the organization, so it is very important knowing what to filter and delivering the message to the right board or committee member. The secretary also takes notes of what’s important during the meetings, takes care of the office hours schedule and also helps organizing the office supplies, is in touch with international officers on campus to discuss practical manners and is also the one to organize internal events (such as Supervisory Board meetings, Alumni events, and Board bonding). Last but not least, your most impactful task is being the coordinator for the Buddy Program which means you are responsible for recruiting and training the buddies, making sure all incoming students are being matched to a buddy and host events for the buddies and their students.
Life after ESN // Emma Smit – Hamilton // First Board
The year as board member of ESN-Rotterdam gave me a taste of running an organization and working closely with team members. Besides these valuable insights it also gave me the opportunity to meet and work with new people – both students and staff – from all faculties at EUR. Being in the founding board, we mostly spent our time on setting up this new student organisation; while also trying to plan the first activities. Working with different personalities made this for quite some interesting yet challenging discussions; but an end result we were (are!) all incredibly proud of. My absolute highlight was the first Official Welcome in February 2009 – where we finally got to see all our planning and paperwork in action in the form of 300 super excited international students in CB-5! I can wholeheartedly recommend a board year, as it gives you a great opportunity to develop the practical skills required in your career. And on top of that – ESN-Rotterdam just has such a great variety of events, ranging from social to cultural, and sports with a group of students that is here to make the absolute most of their time in Rotterdam!