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#1 Jasper van Ulsen (Public Administration)

About me
I’m Jasper van Ulsen, 24 years old, and I’m studying public administration. The past few years I have been a member of several committees and I hope to work for the USR next year. Through public administration I have become interested in the interesting and complex problems within large organisations and the challenges that come with it. A challenge I want to take upon, for example, is clearly communicating the opportunities that every student has at university. This has also motivated me to devote a year to USR. My biggest motivation to contribute to the university is the importance I attach to an environment where every (active) student has room to develop his or her vision.

Besides studying I like to meet up with friends to have a drink at one of the cafes in Nijmegen. Travelling is also one of my big hobbies.

Why do you choose asap?
The choice for asap is based on the professional atmosphere and the constructive actions of the party. For me, it’s important that problems that play a role for students and the university are addressed and that joint solutions are found for them. Not only putting issues on the agenda, but also acting to solve them. Moreover, asap is a party that is open to input from all students. Furthermore, I think it is important that students are given the opportunity and the space to develop themselves in a broad sense: supporting the active student by, for example, studying flexibly; providing good and sufficient workplaces and well-being. This fits well with the vision of asap.

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#2 Jesse Dekker (Dutch Law and Notarial Law)

About me
Hello! My name is Jesse Dekker. I’m 21 years old and a third-year student of Dutch law and notarial law. I’ll probably finish both these bachelors in two years, because I’m making time for a place in the USR! Since two years I am active at the Wetswinkel Nijmegen, where I give free legal advice to anyone who comes by with a legal problem. In addition, I recently started a part-time job at Hekkelman Attorneys and Notaries, so I will probably gain some legal experience there as well.

In addition to all the serious activities, I also like to make time for relaxation. I like to go shopping, have dinner or drinks with friends, go out in Nijmegen or spend an evening at the bank with Netflix. Besides all these activities I also like to go on holiday, if finances allow it of course!

Why do you choose asap?
I have been familiar with student participation for quite some time now. In secondary school I was in the school’s student council for three years and this academic year I was allowed to be a part of the Education Committee of Law. Of course, I learned a lot about student participation in both positions. With those experiences a passion has also come to the surface. I like to think about education and how this can be improved. I have seen what kind of problems there are, both in the field of education and in the field of institutions. Because of the reason that I have already been able to help improve the field of education within law this year, I would like to dedicate myself next academic year to asap to improve education at the entire university. The reason I chose asap as a party is simple. asap sketches a picture of their educational vision in a clear election program. The points that asap stands for are straightforward and easy to understand. It is important to create a good study climate in which every student can develop optimally. By working on sustainability, but also on workplaces and reducing the strict layout of education, it can be achieved that every student is able to get the best out of themselves in every circumstance. I myself experience the strict layout of education very much and see where the university can make a profit when it comes to sustainability and the creation of study workplaces. Asap is committed to make major changes in order to achieve all their points. This is necessary, because without a drastic change of culture, the university cannot really be improved. I would like to contribute to the change of the educational culture next academic year. With a lot of votes asap in the USR can make the difference and I will commit myself to the progress!

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#3 Joris Schröder (English Language and Culture)

About me
I’m Joris Schröder, 22 years old and a English language and culture student. I have been walking around the beautiful city of Nijmegen for about 5 years now and in recent years I have been very active next to my studies. From my first year on I was immediately involved in my study association (G.A.G.). I was always present at activities and active within its committees. In my second year I became treasurer of G.A.G.. The year after that I became chairman of the Student Council of the Faculty of Arts. After this I took a short sabbatical, in which I was only active in my theatre association and as a member of the education committee. Last year I joined the boards again as a member of the political board of the Young Democrats and as a Producer for my theatre association. In all these years I learned a lot about what it’s like to be on the board together with a group and to work together to put something down and achieve something. Furthermore I love cooking, theatre gaming and my rabbit Barry.

Why do you choose asap?
I regretted not going for the USR at the start of this study year. This year would have probably been my last year and my last chance to join it. Now this has changed and I can still do the USR year what I wanted. My choice here to run for asap is also clear. For me, asap is a party that seizes opportunities and dares to negotiate. It is a party that hides a lot of ideals but also a party that is not afraid to look at these ideals realistically and critically. asap is a diverse group of students who all have one thing in common: wanting to improve the university. That is something I also want to go for. After my year in the USR I want to be able to honestly say that I have brought about positive changes and that I have achieved something, but more importantly, that we have achieved something as asap.

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#4 Rick Spierings (History)

About me
My name is Rick Spierings, 24 years old and since September I have been following the pre-master History at Radboud University after completing the study history teacher at  HAN University of Applied Sciences. The starting point of my previous education was that the student was seen as a partner in the formation of education. This soon resulted in me feeling connected to education. In between many internships, I was able to put myself to work for two years as a member of the HAN student participation council and one and a half years as chairman of the education faculty student participation council. In addition to my duties as chairperson, my main focus areas were organisational change, cultural change within the HAN organisation and the further implementation of the quality agreements and study advances within the Faculty of Education. In addition, I was a member of the Examination Appeals Board and the HAN Dispute Advisory Committee. As a member of the Student Participation Committee and especially during the chairmanship of the Faculty Council, I have gained experience to make the student voice heard in times when an organisation is changing rapidly. In the free time that remains, contact with friends is the first priority and you will find me regularly having a drink and talking in a café or restaurant (but my restaurant expenses have shrunk considerably due to the corona crisis).

Why do you choose asap?
I believe in the active role students can take within Radboud University. Education is something students and teachers create together. Although my membership to asap has only been for a short time, I feel connected to asap where constructive and professional student participation is of a great importance. asap is committed to thorough student guidance and personal development in which the wellbeing of students is a condition for study success and self-development. In recent years the student has come under pressure due to the change in funding and the increasing pressure from society for performance. It is my view that higher education has a role to play in developing appropriate guidance for students. This guidance should not only be aimed at solving problems, but also at preventing them. The right information for students and a clear care structure should ensure that the student also takes control. Prevention is better than cure. As a member of asap, I therefore want to contribute to student welfare.

Normally, campaigns are an excellent opportunity for me to enter into dialogue with a broad group of voters. Even though asap consists of a mixed group of students, I find it important and interesting to seek dialogue outside the party during election time. As a representative, I want to be accessible to all students where the personal and informal conversations suit me best. Because of the corona crisis this will look different. I hope that together we can find a way to have this conversation with voters through other channels; there is a lot possible in the digital world. Because I get my satisfaction and inspiration from a good conversation with new ideas.

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#5 Melanie van der Vegt (Science)

About me
I’m Melanie, 19 years old and a second year Science student. For the past two years I’ve been mostly active in my study association Leonardo da Vinci. This year I also participate in its board of directors and I fulfill the position of External Commissioner. Outside my studies and study association I occasionally take a sports lesson at the RSC (my favorite is H.I.I.T.) and I like to have drinks in the studentcafetaria’s of the Huygens but also at the pub TweeKeerBellen.

Why do you choose asap?
I chose asap because asap stands for ‘the active student’. Personally, I think it’s very important that all students also develop and unfold – each in their own way – outside the lecture halls. By facilitating this for students I hope that more students will feel inspired to become ‘active’ outside their studies as well.

In addition, asap has everything clearly listed and its goals are clear and easy to find. I think it is important that it is clear to everyone what he or she is voting for and I think asap knows how to communicate this well.

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#6 Baukje van Iersel (Dentistry)

About me
My name is Baukje van Iersel, 21 years old and I’m in my second year of dentistry studies. I am an active member of our study association, the Dental Faculty Association. Since this year I am chairman of the society ‘t Dappenglaasje. I like to socialise and to have people around me, so I look forward to the moment when I can do this again.

Why do you choose asap?
I choose for asap because I agree with their vision. Personal development in addition to the curriculum ensures that you can distinguish yourself and further develop yourself. I think this is very valuable, even after your studies. Asap wants to motivate the university to give students room for this and to ensure that students receive the right guidance. In addition, asap is committed to a lively campus where there are sufficient facilities to study and to be able to relax. I have noticed that a good balance between study and relaxation is very important and would like to dedicate myself to this.

Due to social distancing we are no longer together in the lecture halls and are no longer allowed to visit each other, yet together we find alternatives to stay in touch with each other. This also applies to the upcoming campaign. I want to use my social media channels as effectively as possible to reach as many people as possible.

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#7 Thom ten Westeneind (Law)

About me
My name is Thom ten Westeneind, I’m 23 years old, a fourth-year law student and chairman of the JFV. I spend most of my time in the Grotius Building. In addition, you can often find me in the city or with friends.

Why do you choose asap?
Over the past three years I’ve done a lot of extra curricular activities. For example, I’ve worked for many committees of a study association and I’m a volunteer at a law firm. In my opinion it is therefore important that students develop themselves in several areas and thus have the opportunity to develop other skills in addition to academic skills. To my amazement I notice that the university does not always offer the space for this. I would like to see a change in this and I would like to dedicate myself to this on behalf of asap this year.

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#8 Fenna Kerkhof (Pedagogical Sciences)

About me
I am Fenna Kerkhof, 20 years old and a born and raised in Nijmegen. I am now in the third year of the Academic Teacher Study for Primary Education (ALPO) and I am currently the chairman of Postelein, the study association of pedagogical and educational sciences. In my spare time I like to be on the hockey field or in the dance hall or sit on the terrace with a beer.

Why do you choose asap?
From my first year at university, I’ve been actively doing things alongside my studies. I’ve noticed how valuable it is to do this, but I’ve also experienced the obstacles that can come on your way. I think it’s important that Radboud University supports students in this and offers them the space to do so, so that your student time does not only have to revolve around studying and good grades, but also all the possibilities that are offered for a broad development. That is why this year I would like to dedicate myself to the active student on behalf of asap.

In addition to working for the active student, I also liked the vision of asap. By clearly and concretely displaying the goals of asap, it is immediately clear to everyone what asap wants to achieve next year.

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#9 Julie van Immerseel (Medical Biology)

About me
My name is Julie van Immerseel, I am 21 years old and I study (medical) biology. Since February 2020 I am a member of the board of the study association for (medical) biology students; BeeVee. Here I fulfill the function of external relations officer. I like a lot and that is why I am always busy with many different things. I am active in several committees of BeeVee and I like to finish a busy day with a beer at our local pub, the Malle Babbe.

Why do you choose asap?
I have been active in various ways within my study association for almost 3 years. Certainly as a board member I have seen how fun and important it is to commit myself to more than just studying. It is exactly what you do next to your studies, what marks your student time. If you also want to have a side job or if you want to develop yourself in other ways, it is very important that the university also offers room for this. I therefore fully agree with the vision of asap, that shows commitment to the personal development of the student. I want to make this personal development possible for every student and that is why I want to be a candidate for asap.

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#10 Maarten Cornelissen (Geography, Planning and Environment)

About me
My name is Maarten Cornelissen, I am 22 years old and currently in the fourth year of the study Geography, Planning and Environment. In 2015 I moved from the countryside of North Holland to Nijmegen to study here. In my spare time I row a few times a week at Phocas, where I was chairman & commissioner of the building process in 2018/2019. Now I am still the chairman of the advisory committee, a member of the building process committee and competition committee, and active in various working groups. In addition to my studies and activities at Phocas, I am active for the tenants organisation of the SSH& (SPH) and D66. Furthermore, I can often be found on my racing bike, in the sports centre, with my nose in a book or at a festival.

Why do you choose asap?
asap is dedicated to active students who are looking for more in their student time than just lectures, and that appeals to me. For me, the university has to offer more than just education. It is the university’s job to help students develop themselves as much as possible in preparation for the rest of their lives. Your student time is a great tool for this, and the university must do its best to offer you as many opportunities as possible, without obligations but with a lot of choice and high quality. I believe that students are better prepared for the rest of their lives and the job market when they develop broadly by engaging in sports, culture, club life or their personal or professional development alongside their studies.

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#11 Gina Advena (International Business Communication)

About me
Hi there, my name is Gina and I am a student of International Business Communication. Originally, I am from Germany, but I have been fortunate enough to call a few other places my home. In that process, I fell in love with Brazil and China. In the city of Nijmegen, you mostly find me running around as an active member for Babylon or running to and from international events at uni. Every minute I don’t run around, I sing all sorts of music or work on artist festivals. While doing that, I am still trying to dive into the Dutch life to figure out what exactly bitterballen are made of.

Why do you choose asap?
Once I became a board member of International Student Network Nijmegen, I discovered that there is a lot happening behind the scenes at Radboud. After encountering the many ways to be active, it was hard for me to stop being active. I found asap to be the best place for that. Because I was a board member and worked next to my studies, I value asap’s stands on active students. I strongly believe that extra-curricular activities are a big ad-on to one’s life and development and should therefore be facilitated (the best example is my introduction by the way – I spent only one sentence about my degree). Additionally, I still see a lot of potential in the undertakings of harmonising international students and the Dutch at Radboud University. asap was as proactive as to include internationals on the voting list which is why I consider asap to be the best party to push international matters in the USR. There is still a lot we can improve, but I am very motivated to help.

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#12 Alexander Currie (Medicine)

About me
I am 23 years young and studying Medicine. Despite the fact that Medicine is the most beautiful study on earth, I realized after two years of study that my student life flew by like an express train and I might not be quite ready for it to end. The year after this realisation I took a break from my studies to organise the Batavierenrace with nine others, something that I never regretted for a moment and that is still very useful, even within my studies.

When I’m not at the Medical Faculty or the University Library and have some free time to spend, you can meet me with a photo camera in my hand, behind a piano or guitar (often to the annoyance of my roommates and during some weekends my parents) or very sporadically in a rowing boat.

Why do you choose asap?
What really appeals to me about asap is its open and accessible character. The election program, which contains clear and concrete points, makes it clear in an accessible way what asap wants to achieve in the coming year. In addition, I noticed in my environment that many students do not know what the student participation council can do for them. I am committed to creating awareness for this, to make sure that students can give their opinion within the university! Within the university, I find it important that there is not only room for you to study, but that you can find out where your interests lie and develop yourself. This is why I think that the university should stimulate a broad development and help students to overcome any obstacles in order to develop as a person in a broad way. In addition, studying is of course an important part of the university. It is essential for all students to be able to make use of appropriate guidance so that they can develop optimally both in terms of their studies and on a personal level. This year I would like to dedicate myself to this on behalf of asap.

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#13 Veerle Miltenburg (International Business Administration)

About me
My name is Veerle Miltenburg, I am 22 years old and a fourth-year student of International Business Administration. This year I am active as a board member of the non-profit student organization AIESEC, where I arrange all internships for foreign students who want to come to the Netherlands. Besides my study and being in a board, I am a member of the student association N.S.V. Carolus Magnus and fraternity Nausikaä. In my spare time I can often be found at my fraternity, or for a beer at café Faber!

Why do you choose asap?
Over the past four years I have done many extracurricular activities in addition to my studies. From the Programme Committee for Business Administration to a full-time board year, I have noticed better than anyone what it’s like to be an active student. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to study flexibly and to carry out many activities in addition to your studies without delay. That’s why I think it’s important that students are given sufficient space and flexibility for personal development in addition to their studies. I find these principles amply reflected in asap. I would like the university to better facilitate the active student. That is what I want to do this year on behalf of asap.

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#14 Matthijs Paul (History)

About me
I’m Matthijs, 23 years old and currently enrolled in the master History and Current Affairs. Before that, I completed the Bachelor of History – also at Radboud University. In addition to my studies, I have an active student life: I am a member of the OLC, at NSKV SkunK I am now on the board for the second year, at the NSSR I was treasurer last year and I have been a part of several committees at these two associations and at my study association GSV Excalibur. In addition, I have also worked for the Nijmegen student sports world at Studentensport Nederland and the national Student Korfball Committee. In my spare time I like to hang out in the city center (so now I’m having a hard time), read a book or listen to music.

Why do you choose asap?
For me it is logical that I chose asap, because I like to dedicate myself to an active student life next to study, which requires sufficient facilities and a vibrant campus. For me, for example, it is very important that there is enough space to play sports at the RSC. In my opinion, the constructive way in which asap achieves its goals (as many opinions as possible are taken into account) is the best way to represent students. That is why I also try to do my bit to maintain the fine campus and facilitate good education.

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#15 Mischa van Uden (Law and Management)

About me
My name is Mischa van Uden, I am 23 years old and currently a fifth-year student of Law & Management. At the moment I am doing a board year at the N.S.V. Ovum Novum in which I took on the position of treasurer of the society. This year I manage the finances of our society and together with five other board members I make sure that all activities are organised within our society. Because of this board year I am at the moment mainly to be found at the society.

Why do you choose asap?
By being an active member of my study and student association I have been able to develop myself in many areas. Not only the study is important during your time as a student, but development outside your study is also important to me. However, it is difficult to develop yourself in many areas outside of your studies and to get through your studies without delay. I myself think that the university can create extra space for active students, so that students at Radboud University can develop themselves in several areas. asap is the party within Nijmegen that is committed to this and that’s why I joined asap. In addition to asap standing up for the active student, it is also a party that is committed to the well-being of the student. I think this is an important point, because a student who feels mentally good, can study better and also develop well. For these reasons, among others, I am running for asap.