My name is Danny and I will be the National Representative and vice president for ESN the Netherlands in the academic year 2013-2014. I am currently 24 and I do my Master’s in International Business at Maastricht University, with a major in Strategy and Innovation. In Maastricht I was first an active member within the ESN Network and also a local board member, which motivated me to apply for the position of national Treasurer last year. I noticed that after one year I not only had a great time getting more involved in ESN, but also that I was not quite ‘done’ yet. This motivated me to re-apply but now for the position I currently hold.
Having lived and studied abroad myself, I too have encountered many of the obstacles that many students have when going on their Erasmus, or any other exchange program. Especially when studying in France, a language I myself did not possess I was glad to meet people who had the same problem as I did but more importantly people who were willing to help me find my way. This experience motivated me even more to stay committed to the ESN network.
During my mandate my main goal will be to bring the international and national network closer to the local board members. In my opinion there is a lot to be learned from other countries and being more involved in both the national and international board cannot only provide benefits for the local board members, but also to the internationally minded (exchange student) by means of better event management, Social Erasmus, ESN card deals and the like. Next to this I would like, together with the rest of my board, to ensure the professionalism of not only our but the entire network as well as its long term feasibility.
National Representative / Vice President