Sven Blijleven – Treasurer ESN Groningen board 2017/2018
My name is Sven Blijleven and I am the treasurer of the ESN Groningen board 2017/2018. I am 21 years old and will finish my bachelor International Business this fall semester. I grew up in Apeldoorn, which is a city in the heart of the Netherlands. I have studied abroad for one semester in Seoul, South Korean. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and enjoy some good Portugese wine.
Why the ESN Board?
I got enthusiastic about organizations like ESN in my semester abroad in Seoul. I was involved in a similar organization there (of course not ESN, because it’s outside of Europe). Meeting al these new people and learning from their different views really broadened my vision and it gave me so much energy. I also experienced first hand the struggle and challenges that come with starting a life in a different city. These factors contributed to the fact that I kind of stepped out of my Dutch student bubble and tried to explore other aspects of the student life in Groningen. I want to make sure that everybody has the time of their life in the best student city in Europe!
As the treasurer of ESN Groningen, you are responsible for a wide variety of tasks. These tasks range from financial tasks such as accounting/bookkeeping but also organizational responsibilities such as booking venues, meeting with external partners and managing the best committee that we have: The excursion committee. The excursion committee organizes both weekend and day trips within and outside the Netherlands. As the treasurer, your job is to make sure that your board members don’t overspend and you oversee the budgets for the committees as well. In general all of your tasks mean that you make sure that ESN is financially healthy and that ESN can continue to exist for many years to come. During general board meetings you will present the annual budget, budgets for large events and you will present a financial half-year report and a final financial report. In order to help you with these responsible tasks, there is a financial committee who checks and controls your actions, but who will also help you when you have any problems.
If you would like to find out more about what exactly the treasurer does within the board then don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!