My name is Marieke Klijnstra and I study Religious Studies. In the past years, I have had the honor of gaining experience in different aspects of student life such as in study and sports associations, and in my year as a faculty-assessor. I saw not just the importance of developing yourself in extracurricular activities, but I also got to value the strength of the international and intercultural image of the UG, and the relevance of raising the student’s opinion and perspective in decision-making processes. This because we are the ones that are experiencing the consequences.
Next year, I want to strive for more inclusion of all students in the lively city of Groningen. One of the proposals we will make in the university council is more facilitation of free Dutch and English courses, because we believe that closing the language gap is a great first step for a more inclusive academic environment. I will furthermore fight for more opportunities to become an active student, better internationalisation, and more sustainability.
My name is Chris Stumphius and I’m currently studying Econometrics at the FEB. I am very enthusiastic to start as a member of the University Council next year and I believe that with my broad interest, I will be a good representative of all students.
Next year I will be fighting for students who want to get the best out of their time in Groningen, academically but more importantly individually. The university should be stimulating students to develop themselves and their skills. I want to accomplish this by giving the student more freedom and relieving the pressure of studying nominally.
I also think that the university should increase the importance of the theme “sustainability” in their decision making, not only concerning waste and energy consumption, but also in terms of greener investments. The faction and I will be fighting for these values and we hope to be your representatives in the university council next year!
My name is Marcella Fratescu and I’m a 23-year old Moldovan who came to Groningen with high hopes of studying the mind – mine and everyone else’s. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, my quest continues with a Research Master in Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience.
I’m excited to be part of RUG’s decision-making quarters and channel my experience at the university (and the frustrations that come with it) into proactive action. In the University Council my main focus will reside in integrating incoming students into an international environment as well as re-evaluating the current catering service contract in order to provide students with nutritious and cheap meals!
Hello everyone! My name is Marc, 20 years old, and second year student European and International Law. I am an active member of both the tennis association TAM and the sailing association G.S.Z. Mayday, and of course the SOG. The opportunity to really make an impact on the fantastic student life here in Groningen has driven me to go for University Council.
In the two years of studying here in Groningen I have experienced first-hand how amazing it is to be an active student. The opportunities to develop yourself outside of your program, through commissions and board years, should be grabbed onto with both hands.
Apart from that, I have noticed that the internationalisation in Groningen, although great for the diversity of our campus, has brought along problems with it as well. The gap between Dutch and international students has grown wider and wider, and that gap brings a negative connotation to all the advantages internationalisation has given us.
Next year I want to make sure that the university will give more space for students to become active. Furthermore, I want the gap between international and Dutch students to be closed. However, need your help with this, because we make it better. Together.
My name is Frans Lunshof and I’m 22 years old. I was born and raised in Groningen and I chose to stay here to study IT Law. In my student years I’ve been active within the Juridische Faculteitsvereniging Groningen and Albertus Magnus. I applied for the SOG because I’m invested in our splendid university and mostly in my fellow students.
One of my values is that every student should be able to be active next to their studies. You shouldn’t be pressured to forgo an association, committee or a board year because of study stress. Another one of my values is sustainability, which I think is unquestionably important, whatever your political preferences are. The university has the scientists and leaders of the future and has an important position as a role model. If I’m elected my goal will be to sustain and improve this reputation.
My name is Rolf Hoitzing, and currently I am in my 5th year of BA European Languages and Cultures, with German, French, and Politics.
Over the past few years, I have always been actively involved as a student, for instance by doing a board year at my study association Esperia, or as a member of the Faculty Council of Arts. This way, I have learnt so much, gained fun and useful experience, and met wonderful people, both from my programme as well as beyond, and both Dutch and International. Just like SOG, I am convinced that Groningen has so much more to offer besides studying, to not only further develop yourself, but also have an amazing time! That is why I want to commit myself to it in the University Council next year, that all students have these same chances and opportunities. This way, we can make our diplomas more valuable, and our university, ourselves, and our student lives better, together!
My name is Katja-Elisabeth Herrmann Eufracio, I am 21 years old currently studying my second year IRIO bachelor and first year International and European Law, and an active member of Clio
Being myself an international student in Groningen means, getting to know more cultural backgrounds than before, having a different perception of my surroundings and with the people I know; it is both exciting and new.
Together with the SOG, it is my wish to have a positive impact at University level. It has been my desire to participate in the University's decision making process, for I think it is important to encourage active student to do so. My main goals are on sustainability, internationalisation and active students. I find of great importance students' well-being, academic and environmental sustainability and proper academic and social performance of students. Sustainability matters to me, for this reason I want to encourage a general awareness about the university's environmental impact. Encourage sustainable practices both academic and environmental.
I am Claudette Kinds, 19 years old and I study Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Groningen, where I want to major in Politics, Philosophy and International Business. Besides my studies and study association, I am active at ESN, Mayday and naturally the SOG. This is because I think it’s important for me and others to develop themselves outside their studies.
Born and raised in Groningen, the city and university is a special place for me and therefore I want to make a positive change. For me, this includes working on sustainability, whether that concerns the environment or the education itself. Furthermore, the internalisation of students is valuable to Groningen, but there are still improvements to be made to the integration process of these students.