Meet our candidates

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#1 Thom Teulings (Public Administration)

About me
Hi! My name is Thom Teulings, I am 23 years young and I have been a student in Public Administration ever since obtaining my bachelor’s degree in International Business Communication last year. Over the past years I have been an active member of Babylon, Start Up Mix Students and obviously asap. I would love to be able to say that I spend most of my spare time working out in the gym, but the reality is that I am not much more than a sponsor of the sports centre. My favourite activities include having a few specialty beers with friends and I particularly enjoy to impulsively book a trip. Don’t worry; if I prove lucky enough to obtain a seat in the University Student Council, I promise to always carefully consider the options.

My vision on the education at Radboud University is that innovation and knowledge sharing should always be pursued and that the design and implementation of teaching methods should be in line with students’ demands. For example, there is a growing need among students to go beyond the beaten track of their own study programme and to broaden their horizons. Moreover, today’s major societal problems demand a different approach, whereby the solution is becoming less and less disciplinary and being able to look across borders becomes a requirement. Not only does this show the importance of sufficiently accessible education across faculties, it also underlines the need to invest in interdisciplinary education.

Why asap?
When my interest in co-determination and student participation sparked three years ago, I became a member of asap. The open and accessible nature of the party played a large role in my decision to do so. Furthermore, I appreciate the fact that every year our party paints a clear picture of our goals in the form of our Bullet Points. For almost a decade already, asap has been committed to a good and flexible study climate, in which students are given ample space to develop themselves within and besides their studies. It is essential that students are in charge of their own study planning (long live weblectures!) and that initiatives of active and enterprising student are welcomed and embraced rather than seen as a burden. Unfortunately, I know from my own experience that this is usually not the case. According to asap, a culture change is required. One in which personal development is prioritised, excellence is not the standard and there is no room for unnecessary schoolish measures. I would love to contribute to that. You can help me achieve these goals by voting for me during the university elections. I sincerely hope that I can count on your trust.

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#2 Annemarijn Blom (Mathematics)

About me
My name is Annemarijn, I’m 19 years old and I study mathematics. The past year I’ve been on the board of the mathematics study association Desda; I fulfilled the position of chair. I don’t like to do nothing, so I’m always busy with a lot of different things. Besides studying and my study association, I like to sport sometimes and enjoy a beer now and then. In the afternoon in the canteens of the Huygens building, in the evening in the TKB, but sometimes I’m also in other cafés!

Why asap?
During my board year, I learned a lot about what’s happening behind the scenes of the university and I wanted to get more involved, so I joined asap. asap is very clear about her views: I like that. The points variate from concrete to abstract. A concrete point that’s really appealing to me, is point 5: “Make a pick-up point on campus”, because as a board member I notice that most of my time I’m on campus. It’s not only practical for students, it’s also more sustainable! Another point I would like to work on next year, in line with last year, is point 1: “A proper study workspace for every student”. Because every student should be able to study in a pleasant way. I think it’s important that students can give their opinion about our university and that something will happen with it. asap is a nice platform to involve students with improving the university; I want to be committed to that!

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#3 Hans Kunstman (Political Science)

About me
My name is Hans Kunstman, I am 22 years old and I study Political Science. This year, it is my pleasure to be chairman of the Faculty Student Board of the Nijmegen School of Management. I have been active in university politics for four years because I believe that students can really improve university. This year I’ve done that by committing myself to increase the amount of study workspaces in the Elinor Ostrombuilding. Because of our effort to do so, the faculty will realize new workplaces and group spaces in the near future. Next year I want to do the same for the rest of the university. Studying on-campus is nice and useful, therefore point 1 of our Bullet Points is: “A proper study workspace for every student”. Besides university politics and studying, I spend my time on cycling in the beautiful surroundings of Nijmegen. I also like to read and to eat or have a drink with my friends.

Why asap?
This year, I got to know asap as a party that represents students in a cooperative way. This style of university politics fits me, a clear message combined with a pragmatic mentality is most effective. Also, asap’s key points speak to me. Students should enjoy the flexibility to gain experience outside of their curriculum. There are many ways to do so and I think that the university has to offer students freedom of choice. In our Bullet Points we propose at point 9: “Stimulate broad development”. We will do our very best to improve flexibility for all of you that want to look further than the borders of your study. Furthermore, I think that asap is doing good addressing problems related to students’ wellbeing. Our generation experiences a lot of pressure to meet different sorts of expectations, this can sometimes cause problems. asap has contributed to make these problems negotiable and to look for solutions. In point 4, “Wellbeing, precondition for studying well”, we continue the good works of past years. I look forward to working on the realization of our Bullet Points for 2019 and I hope we can count on your vote!

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#4 Auke van Wersch (Public Administration)

About me
My name is Auke van Wersch, 21 years old and I am a third-year student in Public Administration. Last semester I have done an Erasmus program in Budapest. Besides being busy with my studies, I have been active in a few student organisations over the last years: Study Association BOW, rowing association Phocas and the political youth organisation the Young Democrats. At the Young Democrats I have learned that it is important to have an open and transparent attitude as a person. You can find me in Nijmegen at the campus, ‘het Waalstrandje’ or Villa van Schaek, the place where I love to drink some beers!

Why asap?
The clear and accessible nature of asap has convinced me to become a member of this student party. The clarity is expressed in the Bullet Points, a list where asap sets out its main points for the upcoming year. The accessibility emerges in the many brainstorming afternoons about the direction of the party. I personally think that studying should be much more than just attending lectures, learning for exams and achieving good grades. The student must have sufficient opportunities during his study time to be able to develop as a person. It is therefore important that the distance between the various faculties that Radboud University has does not increase, but rather decreases. In my side job at Brightspace Support I noticed that there is a lot of unused IT potential for both students and teachers. It is really important that there is sufficient IT support for teachers and the possibility to share knowledge and experience. Next year, I want to work with asap to reduce the distance between the different faculties and improve the use of digital facilities!

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#5 Ohlin Cremers (Dentistry)

About me
My name is Ohlin Cremers, I am 21 years old and currently a fourth year Dentistry student. At my study association, the Dental Faculty Association, I have been committed to education for several years and I have been the Vice-President of the association last year. That is why I spend most of my time during the day in the Dentistry building, but in the afternoon and evening hours you can certainly find me on the terrace with some friends, in the gym or in the city at night.

Why asap?
I became a member of asap, because the open and accessible character of the party appeals to me and also the way in which it is honestly and transparently committed to the students at Radboud University. I also think the bullet points are a strong component that set out the points of asap in a clear and well-arranged manner. I therefore thought it would be a nice challenge for me to make my contribution to the party this year. asap aims, among other things, to a university where the personal development of the student is central and this, together with the own well-being of the student, must form an important part of academic education. asap therefore also wants to devote more attention to well-being within the curriculum, so that problems related to well-being can be tackled preventively instead of afterwards. I think this is a very good point, because students cannot study optimally and also cannot optimally enjoy their student life if they are not feeling well. Furthermore, I notice from personal experience that developing yourself during your studies is a very important part of your student life, but unfortunately there is not always given enough room for this within existing education. For this reason, I think it is very good that asap aims to create more room for this development within education.

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#6 Ferdinand Ansah (Law)

About me
My name is Ferdinand Ansah, a 24-year-old student at the Faculty of Law. Most of the time I spend at the university is at Grotius. Besides Grotius you can find me in the city partying it up or at the national sports centre where I am working towards my Olympic dream in judo.

Why asap?
The open and accessible character of asap combined with their clear views were the biggest reasons why I became a member of asap. I think it is very important for a student to be able to personally develop themselves next to their study. Be it through a board year, a start-up or top sport there should room for such development. I myself have been very active since the beginning of my study and have found great benefits in doing so. Every year asap wants the students at our university to be able to be active next to their study, something I want to contribute to this year. There’s still a lot we can improve, but I am very motivated to help.

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#7 Lina Toubasi (International Business Communication)

About me
My name is Lina and I am an international student in the Faculty of Arts studying International Business Communication. I am born and raised in the beautiful Palestine. I am the vice-president of the Unicef Student Team Nijmegen and I have a passion for helping others and making the world a better place. Being involved in various organizations and student associations has made it easier for me to adapt to the new culture and to the life in the now called home, Nijmegen.

Why asap?
The reason I chose to join asap is because of its diversity, motivation and its principles. The Bullet Points of asap shows clear and concrete goals that it aims to achieve at the end of the year. I am honored to be representing the voices of international students at Radboud University through asap this year. asap aims to integrate internationals more, create more awareness and consciousness, and listen and respond to their needs. The international community is growing bigger and bigger, and the representation of everyone should be done at the student council, thus, thanks to asap, the voices of international students are heard and taken into account.

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#8 Linda Bekedam (Pedagogical Sciences)

About me
Hello all! My name is Linda Bekedam. I am twenty years old and a third-year ALPO student (Academic Teacher Training Primary Education). Currently I am the chair of study association Postelein, the study association for Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. Besides directing Postelein I love to play handball, drink special beers or go out for a party in the city center of Nijmegen with friends!

Why asap?
What really appeals to me is the open and approachable nature of asap. The Bullet Points is a list that contains straightforward and clear points, this makes it very understandable what asap wants to accomplish in the upcoming year. In addition, I have noticed that many students near me do not know what the Student Council could mean for them. Therefore I am very committed about creating awareness about the Student Council. This to ensure that students know that they can give their opinion concerning university matters. I think that our university should not only be a place for studying, but also a place where you can explore your interests and further develop yourself in other areas. This is why I think the university should stimulate a broad development and also should provide help to students to overcome barriers concerning their own broad development. Besides this, studying is of course a very important part of the university. Good and enough study work places are essential to enable this. Together with asap I am very committed to achieve this.

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#9 Wouter Raaijmakers (History)

About me
Hi! I’m Wouter, 21 years of age, and born and raised in Den Bosch. I very much enjoy playing sports and cooking extensively, and I would consider myself quite the busy little bee. Aside from studying for my bachelor’s degree in history, I am the secretary of the board of our the study association GSV Excalibur. Furthermore, I fulfill the position of editorial secretary of the board of the historical journal Ex Tempore. Finally, I try bettering students’ well-being, by joining the task group of the Faculty of Arts that contributes to said improvement. Elaborating on improving students’ well-being, I joined asap to further commit myself helping others at Radboud University.

Why asap?
Ever since I joined asap last fall, I became more familiar with and put more trust in asap. I felt inspired by asap because it is a party with clear goals communicated through the Bullet Points. These ten points are a direct result of open and accessible brainstorm sessions. This list forms the foundation of a party that will never stop talking. In other words: a party that will never stop discussing, and will always aim for the best result for the students of the Radboud University. By working in a pragmatic way I hope I can contribute on topics such as student well-being and student development.

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#10 Lavinia Martis (Medicine)

About me
My name is Lavinia Martis, I’m 23 years old and studying medicine. This academic year I am the student assessor of the medical faculty. I represent all the students of the faculty at meetings with the dean and board of the Radboudumc. In October I start my clinical rotations of my master’s degree. Besides being a student and taking an active role in the student participation of the medical faculty, I have time for hobbies like dancing, horse riding and (social activities) parties with friends. To end my week on an high note, going out for drinks at the Aesculaaf is one of my favourite things to do.

Why asap?
Room for activities besides your studies and being responsible for your own choices are things I value during my studies. With asap I see that these subjects are important and carried out through the campus and teaching. During my bachelors I have gained knowledge of the student participation at the medical faculty and as a studentassessor I have broadened my horizon at a university level. This is something I want to continue to do. I see how students of different faculties are connected through interfaculty education and extracurricular activities. Together we can make sure that we make a difference. Last year, a big step was taken by involving the medical faculty in all university proceedings. I hope to contribute to that with my place on the list.

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#11 Meghan Detrick (Psychology)

About me
My name is Meghan Detrick, I am 24 years old and I study Psychology. This academic year I have been active as President of the Board of Nijmegen of the Section Psychology Students of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (SPS-NIP). I hope to finish my Bachelor in May or June and would like to start the Master of Medical Psychology next year. In addition to studying, I can often be found with my girlfriend, friends and my unbelievably fun hockey team in Beuningen. I come from a family of four (kids) and I am therefore very attached to people around me. My favorite thing to do with friends is playing board games while enjoying a special beer.

Why asap?
Because it is sometimes difficult at our university to study flexibly and do many things alongside your studies without being delayed, I think it is important that the university pays attention to active students, flexible study programmes and room for personal development alongside your studies. These principles can all be found at asap. In addition, I think it is important that we offer students the opportunity to indicate problems regarding the environment or policy in an easy and/or anonymous way. I am therefore sure that all members of asap want to do their utmost to help students with this. I got to know the members of asap myself as a large group of enthusiastic, motivated and varied group of students, which in my opinion is our greatest strength. We know how to combine strengths from different disciplines and thus serve student interests best. Our diversity ensures that we can tackle issues from different angles so we can eventually come up with the most pragmatic solutions.

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#12 Luc Spronk (Business Administration)

About me
I am Luc Spronk, 19 years old and student International Business Administration in the beautiful ‘Havana aan de Waal’. In the past year, I have given my heart and soul to my fellow students,both formal and informal, at Synergy, NSHV and NSTTV Akris. I get a lot of pleasure and energy from organizing activities, after which in turn I notice that this commitment als brings pleasures to others. Until now, I have been active in smaller associations, but now I am devoted to improve the entire university! At asap I am in a position to commit myself  for students all over the campus, so that they can study and enjoy their time as student

Why asap?
asap is a student party that focuses on good education, transparency and personal development. For me, personal development is the most important one. I have concluded that the student time is not necessarily about your studies, it is mainly about everything you do next to it. This could be in the form of active membership in a study, sports or student association, a part time job, volunteer work, language courses or any other way you can develop yourself. Just like asap, I think it is important the RU recognizes this and makes it possible for students to be able to undertake such activities. That is why I am eligible for asap.

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#13 Lotte Julie Kranendonk (Religious Studies)

About me
My name is Lotte Julie Kranendonk, I’m 22 years old and I’m a fourth year student in Religious Studies (Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies). I’m a member of N.S.V. Carolus Magnus and sorority S.A.G.A. and work at De Waagh as a waitress. I spend most of my spare time in the gym and going out.

Why asap?
The last four years I’ve participated in a lot of extracurricular activities. I took part in many committees within the student association and the sorority and I also work about three days a week. I think it’s very important to develop myself broadly outside of my studies. Sadly, I haven’t always felt that the university gave me this opportunity. I would like to see the university facilitating active students a little better. That’s what I want to achieve with asap the upcoming year.

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#14 Tycho Paulissen (Geography, Planning and Environment)

About me
Hi everyone, my name is Tycho Paulissen, I’m 21 years old and this academic year I’m active as secretary at Study Association Mundus, the study association for the study Geography, Planning and Environment. I was raised in Boxtel, a town in Noord-Brabant, but I have been living in the beautiful city of Nijmegen for three years now. Next to studying, I like to go running or cycling in the surroundings of Nijmegen. I’m currently working at Mise en Place, and next to that I like to go to the city center to grab a few beers.

Why asap?
asap is an organization with a clear plan to improve the university. Also, asap is an organization who represents the interests of students very well with the Bullet Points in mind. Especially the point about sustainability at the university is a point I’m very interested in, because it is a theme that is very important within my study. I hope I can help asap with the project to make the university more sustainable by spilling less materials and by causing less waste.

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#15 Lisa Stoter (Medicine)

About me
My name is Lisa Stoter, I am 20 years old and a fourth year medical student. I am waiting to start my clinical rotations and in the meantime I am a board member of the student association N.S.V. Ovum Novum as Treasurer Society. I’m in charge of the finances and together with the other board members we keep the association running. It is also where I spend a lot of my spare time, for example to play a party game (rummikub is my favorite) or to catch up with my friends. I used to be a gymnast, so once in a while I visit the gym to practice a bit.

Why asap?
As an active student I have noticed that it is important that all students are given the opportunity to develop themselves aside from their studies. A university should give students as much space as possible to undertake extracurricular activities. Because asap is committed to facilitating active students’ wants and needs, I joined this party. On top of that, asap has concrete and clear Bullet Points on which I agree and which is easy to understand for every student. Improving the provision of information is such a point; By guiding the student when needed there will be more to focus on the study material.