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Tjitske Schokker

Tjitske Schokker – President ESN Board 2018/2019

My name is Tjitske Schokker and I am the President of the board of ESN Groningen 2018/2019. I am 22 years old, born and raised in the Netherlands and I am doing my master’s degree in International Relations and International Organisations at the University of Groningen. During my bachelor’s I studied in Norway for half a year, which was an amazing experience! Next to this, I am a sailing enthusiast, a photography hobbyist and I love a good cup of coffee (or hot chocolate).

Why the ESN Board?

During my time abroad, I found out that the people you meet and the friends you make are even more important than the city that you are staying in when it comes to having an unforgettable experience. With ESN we organize many activities that enable students to get connected, both with international and local students. To be able to facilitate this, was definitely one of the main reasons for me to apply for the ESN Groningen Board. The other reason is definitely so that I can get to know many international students and relieve myself from some homesickness to my own exchange semester.

Function description

As the President of ESN Groningen, I have a coordinating and supervising role. I am mainly responsible for leading the board, maintaining the overview and be up to date with all developments of ESN Groningen, and being the face of the organisation. This involves leading meetings within the board and externally with different stakeholders. Also I provide support within the board where necessary and represent ESN Groningen to the universities, and on different national and international levels.

Within this function I focus among others on improving the organisation in the interest of the students. Therefore I take the lead in developing the policy, and in constructing different evaluation reports.

I you would like to find out more about the being the President of ESN Groningen, then please do not hesitate to send an email to I am also happy to meet up to talk about this function more in depth and answer your questions over a nice cup of coffee.