Interview with the 33rd Board of Cedo Nulli

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Probably many of you are wondering: what does the Cedo Nulli board do all day? Either because you would like to do a board year yourself or just because you are curious. Because of that, Credo Magazine interviewed every member of the board. Here you can find their answers to all of our questions!

 

Chairman – Maxime van den Berg 

  1. Who are you and what position in the board  do you have? Can you describe what the  position does?

Hi! My name is Maxime and I am the Chairman of  Cedo Nulli this year!

As Chairman I’m leading the association of 1800 members and am ultimately responsible for its performance. I keep an overview of everything that happens within the association. I’m leading the board and supporting them where necessary. Furthermore, it is my responsibility to monitor and execute Cedo Nulli’s policy (beleid), the long term strategy, the regulations of the association (statuten) and the bylaws (huishoudelijk regelement).

As Chairman I’m the ‘face’ of the association, which means I give all the speeches (for new students for example) and I maintain contacts with other faculty/study associations in Rotterdam. Furthermore, I prepare and chair our weekly board meetings and the General Assemblies.

Besides all my ‘Chairman tasks’, I’m also the board supervisor of the Social Sciences Career Week Committee and the Freshmen Committee.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

I really like leading and helping people, solving problems and taking decisive action when needed. Luckily, these things happen all the time in my position. Besides this, I also like it that my function is so diverse; every week is different.

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

I think no one ever had the right expectations of a board year, you just can’t imagine what sort of experience you’re stepping into. It’s better then I expected; you get to meet so many new people, you’re present at a lot of great activities, you get to know yourself a lot better and you’re constantly developing yourself. And I think one of the things I am happiest with, is the fact that I have made a close group of friends (my board) for the rest of my life.

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

Don’t stress so much about everything! Eventually everything will work out and stressing about it doesn’t really help. I’ve learned that somewhere halfway my year, but it would have been nice to have realized this sooner.

  1. What is the worst part of your job/ Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

May sound fake but I’ve been thinking about this question for a while now but nothing really comes to mind.. I think balancing between my own tasks and supporting others is quite hard and it would be better to have less “own” tasks so I can focus more on the rest of the board.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word

Extraordinary. As you can see, I’m really bad at summarizing things in one word (usually only inside jokes come to mind). But this year has just been an exceptional experience, so something like that would suffice J

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

Hm I don’t feel like we really have to wear our suit to a lot of events. At the beginning of the year, we wore them to a lot of Constitution Drinks and that was quite funny.And of course to our own Constitution Drink and Dies Drink, but I liked that; it makes the event feel a bit more special.

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

The decoration! We have a nice colourful “slinger” J But actually, the items in the Office don’t really matter, the people in it make it great.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

Hard question since we’ve had so many nice, inspiring or just fun events! I really liked our own constitution drink, the study trip, the dies week with bubble football, the committee introduction weekend, and ahh it’s just too many things to pick from!

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

Enjoy every single minute of your year because time truly does fly by fast!

  1. Do you have any closing remarks?

This board year at Cedo has been an amazing experience and I would recommend it to everyone! If you also want to have such a great year, you can still apply for a board year until the 13th of May 23:59!

If you have any questions about being in the board or being a chairman, don’t hesitate to ask me or to email me at chairman@cedonulli.nl.

 

Secretary – Daantje Stroo

  1. Who are you and what position in  the board do you have? Can you describe what the position does?

Hi! My name is Daantje and I am the secretary of the 33rd Board! My main tasks are: maintaining the membership database, taking care of the (e)mail, making and sending the newsletter. Furthermore, I am responsible for the information management, minutes of the board meetings and General Assemblies. A lot of diverse, mainly administrative tasks, so they’re very important. The secretary is therefore often called ‘the backbone’ of the association!

Next to my main tasks, I also guide the Study Trip Committee, Psychology Committee, Credo Editorial Staff and the Lustrum Committee.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

I like the diversity of tasks and keeping overview in many areas. Also, I really enjoy the communication part; from informing freshmen students about their membership to the formal invitations to important events. Furthermore, I like the freedom you have next to your daily tasks. After a while, the daily tasks become some automatic processes so there is a lot of room for other challenges! This is why I chose to guide 4 committees and to create some policy points outside of my regular tasks, which I really like!

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

 I think it’s even better. I had never imagined we would become such a great group of friends and that I would meet so many lovely people! I also learned a lot about myself, collaboration, supervising, organizing events etc. I think I learned more about myself during this year than in three years bachelor. It sounds cheesy, I know but I can truly say I have never regretted this board year for one moment.

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

 I would tell myself to let go of the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) immediately J First I wanted to be everywhere so I wouldn’t miss out on anything. Later on I learned that it’s impossible to be everywhere and still have enough time for myself / friends outside Cedo, which is way too important to let go.

  1. What is the worst part of your job/ Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

Hmm… Some tasks can become a bit boring after a while. I think this counts for every position, but the secretary may have some more daily tasks so it might be more of an issue for me.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word

 Wow that’s really hard. I think I would say: intense. In every way. 😉

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

 In the beginning of the year, I really liked it because you I think it looks cool. But after a while, I was a bit done with dressing up all time. I’m fine with it, but during some periods you have to change clothes everyday and it get’s a little frustrating. And it’s soooo warm.

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

 The whiteboard! My guilty pleasure: making the agenda with all the activities on it for the month. It fits my compulsive tendencies quite well – it’s just very satisfying. I am really going to miss that.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

 That’s a hard question. I loved the study trip, but we also had some very interesting and touching lectures and workshops that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. I just really appreciate the effort all the committee members put into organizing the events, and that really shows off in almost every event. (cheesy, but true)

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

 What I said before; always think about yourself and everything you have outside of Cedo. A board year is so much fun and very intense, but it’s not the most important thing in life. Take care of yourself and of your fellow board members, this will only make your year better. Oh and: a year goes by soooo fast. So enjoy every minute of it!

  1. Do you have any closing remarks? 

Credo = great! Oh and a board year is even greater, so apply now!!!

 

Treasurer – Zeb Holthuis

  1. Who are you and what position in the board do you have? Can you describe what the position does?

Hello I’m Zeb, the treasurer of the 33rd board of Cedo Nulli. Last year I started with the study Psychology, which I will continue next year. In my position as treasurer I’m responsible for all the finances of the associations. This means making financial decisions and do the bookkeeping.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

That you’re involved with a lot of people. This is very challenging but also a lot of fun! You also are part of the NMUN project which is really cool.

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

It is partly what I expected, however when I started I didn’t know all the things that I would do in the year. It is way more fun, challenging and busy than I expected, what I really like.

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

To make better priorities between work and social life. In the beginning I think I focused to much on the work part and to less on the social life. However since in the beginning everything is new, the work part takes more time.

  1. What is the worst part of your job/ Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

That it is sometimes hard to discuss some of your tasks with your fellow board members, since they don’t understand all of them. This makes that you have to make a lot of decisions on your own, while it is nice as well to discuss it sometimes with a fellow board member.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word

Intense.

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

Suits are not really my thing. Before this I did never wear a suit, so this was new for me. But during the year I began to appreciate it more.

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

Nicky.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

The study trip. This was so much fun. It is really nice to be on a vacation with a great group and have a good time.

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

Keep good contact with each other since this is the key to work together and keep having fun.

  1. Do you have any closing remarks?

Apply for a board year! It is really worth it and a great challenge. I would recommend it to everyone!

 

Marketing Officer – Thibault Delabia

  1. Who are you and what position in the board do you have? Can
    you describe what the position does?

Hi! My name is Thibault and I am this year’s Marketing Officer. The marketing officer is responsible for all the promotion; from (almost all) the Facebook and Instagram posts to physical promotion you can see on campus to all the booklets we have! Also, I am responsible for the after movies.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

The best part of my function is its creative component. I really enjoy learning and using all the Adobe Creative Cloud programs and making sure there is footage I can edit using these programs. (No idea what kind of programs I mean? Think of Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro).

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

OH HELL YES! It is an exceptional experience and I can recommend it to every one! It is more than anything I could’ve possibly think about. 

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

Take your time to rest haha. A board year is the best thing ever but it sometimes is exhausting – mentally and physically. By taking time for myself, I can recharge my battery and keep on doing the things I need to do. 

  1. What is the worst part of your job/ Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

To be completely honest; no there isn’t a single thing I would change about my function. The balance between organisational stuff and being more creative is perfect.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word.

Wonderful!

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

I don’t mind. I think it looks traditional and student-like and I like that.

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

It is of course my dear friend Norbert! This is the computer that is for the heavier stuff in the office – my work hahaha.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

I think that I will go for the Study Trip to Florence. It was such a wonderful week in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited.

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

Always see the positive sides of everything you will come across. Take joy out of all the great moments and take lessons from the rough times – this way, you will always see the silver lining!

  1. Do you have any closing remarks?

Just do it! Don’t let your dreams be dreams and treat yourself!

Education Officer – Nicky van de Lagemaat

  1. Who are you and what position in the board do you have? Can you describe what the position does?

My name is Nicky and I am the Education Officer. As Education Officer you have three main tasks: the contact with the faculty, organizing the study groups and keeping in contact with the representation bodies.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

The best part of my position is to be in contact with a lot of different people and that you have the possibility to make it your own thing. Of course you have those main tasks, but how you do those tasks is up to you.

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

It is waaaay more intense than I thought. It is so much more fun than I expected and it costs a lot more time. When I applied I couldn’t imagine that it would bring me this much, I made such good friends with who I will stay in contact for the rest of my life and I know better now who I am, what I’m good at and what I like to do in my future career.

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

Too stress not too much hihi.

  1. What is the worst part of your job/ Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

That people do not response to my Whatsapp messages grrrrrrrr.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word.

AMAZEBALLS

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

At the beginning of the year it felt really cool. At the end of the year it was too much effort. But you do feel very prominent at all times.

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

Zeb.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

Destination Unknown. That was such a great weekend, well organised, fun activities and lovely people.

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

Work hard, play hard.

  1. Do you have any closing remarks?

Being a board member really is the best decision I have made so far in my life, SO APPLY NOW.

 

Commercial Relations Officer – Sarina Verwijmeren

  1. Who are you and what position in the board do you have? Can  you describe what the position does?

I am Sarina Verwijmeren and my position within the board is Commercial Relations Officer. That means that I am responsible for all the contact with external parties such as companies. My main target is to provide the association with career related activities. By organising these activities I am able to collect a large sum of sponsoring money for the association. In addition to that, I am responsible for subsidy requests and guide 4 committees.

  1. What is the best part or experience of your position?

What I like most about my position is trying to combine wishes of different parties (such as the wishes of a student and a company) to achieve an optimal experience for both. In addition I am keen on constantly communicating with our partners and making sure that they are happy with our service. This position requires you to go out of your comfortzone!

  1. Is being on the board what you expected of it?

I am not sure what I expected when I started. I am pretty sure I started the year with an open mind. Being part of the board of Cedo Nulli had brought me a lot on a professional and personal level. Professionaly, I have gained a ton of new skills. Personally, I have gained 5 friends for life and know myself better as well.

  1. If you could go back to the beginning of the year, what would you tell yourself?

If I could go back to the start of the year, I would just wish myself luck. I wouldn’t change a thing!!

  1. What is the worst part of your job / Is there one thing you’d like to see changed about your position?

I have to say I am very passionate towards my job. However, it can be challenging to get students interested to go to career related events. No need to worry though! This creates an opportunity to experiment with the content of the activities. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but when it does I couldn’t be happier.

  1. Summarize your board year in one word.

Spectacular

  1. What do you think of having to wear a suit to all sorts of events?

Haha, who cares. It is fun to put on the suit and pretend to be important. Mostly, you will get overheated during the summer..!

  1. What’s your favourite item in the Cedo office?

My favourite item would have to be the sofa. As most members know, I love a well deserved nap at the office during the day.

  1. Which event would you name as your #1 event so far?

Do you realize that we have been to EVERY event of Cedo Null this year? Also, all of them were great because we do not organise boring events!;)

  1. What advice should you provide for the next board? For what do they have to be aware at the very begin of the college year?

Be yourself, put your soul into everything you do and don’t forget to have a shitload of fun.

  1. Do you have any closing remarks?

(Also you get to drink a lot of free beer during a board year!)

 

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