My name is Joost Jellesma, 24 years old and this year I am the Treasurer of ESN Groningen. I was born and raised in a village of not even 10,000 inhabitants in the province of Friesland. After finishing my high school, I moved to the big city of Groningen to study at the university. Here I have completed my BSc Economics and Business Economics and I’m nearly done with my master degree in Real Estate Studies. During my academic career, I have been able to travel a lot and I hope to continue to do this in the future. During all this travelling I discovered that I thoroughly enjoy talking to interesting people from all kind of different cultures and discover local traditions. Next to travelling, my hobbies include tennis, hanging around with my friends and counting money.
Why the ESN Board?
Ever since I started studying in Groningen, I’ve had some friends from abroad. After returning to Groningen after my exchange to Seoul, South-Korea (the best semester of my life), I missed the life as an international student and wanted to become more engaged with the international student community in Groningen. This is why I decided to apply for the Excursion Committee last year. During this year of organising trips in and outside of the Netherlands, I felt like I was ready for the next step and apply for the board. Doing a board year does delay my graduation for a year, however this is 100% worth it for me.
As treasurer, you are the sole responsible person for all financial management in ESN Groningen. This comes with a lot of responsibility, however, this also means you are involved in everything that is happening since nothing comes for free. My tasks include budgeting, accounting, sending out and paying invoices and ticket sales. One can imagine that organising an introduction week for 2000 people carries huge financial risks, so careful budgeting and planning is needed. ESN Groningen is an organisation which is growing fast, which offer lots of challenges and opportunities, which requires short and long-term decision making. This means you also have to say no to people sometimes!
The function of treasurer has more to offer than financial management. I have the most awesome committee to supervise, namely the Excursion Committee! My experience from last year comes in very useful for this. Furthermore, I am the contact person of certain external partners, which teaches you to communicate and bargain on a professional level. As Treasurer I am also involved in an event called Experience Groningen, which is organised in cooperation with the municipality of Groningen. However, next to all above-mentioned tasks, you do a lot together with the whole board.
If you would like to find out more about ESN or about what exactly the Treasurer does within the board then don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!