From left to right: Sebastiaan van Loon, Jesse Visser, Imke Verschuren, Jonathan Matarazzi
Picture by Thomas van Wanrooi
Imke Verschuren | | Chairwoman
Hi there, I'm Imke Verschuren. As I'm writing this, I'm 19 years old and have just finished my second year of Creative Technology. I grew up in and around Bennekom, a town in the middle of the Netherlands, and moved to Enschede in the summer of 2018. During the Kick-In I became a member of S.A. Proto and at the first committee market I signed up for the First Year Committee and the ProtoTrip Committee and joined the EEMCS-trip Committee halfway through the year. I decided that three committees was enough for me and only wanted to join one more for my second year, so I joined the Activity Committee Extraordinaire. But then, before I knew it, I was suddenly a member of seven committees and the part-time Foundation ICE board.
All of this activism taught me a lot about Proto and working with different types of people and I hope that during my board year I will be able to apply and expand this knowledge in a broader perspective. To help me with this I want to learn how to give and take constructive criticism and to gain confidence in my own abilities.
I want to focus on transitioning Proto back to "normal" from the COVID-19 plagued life as smoothly as possible. With this also comes the aim to keep both old and new members motivated throughout the year despite the difficult conditions. Of course, I also want to contribute to celebrating an awesome Lustrum year with everyone. I'm excited to work on running and improving Proto for a full year together with my awesome fellow board members!
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Jesse Visser | & | Secretary & Officer of Educational Affairs
Hey, I'm Jesse Visser, I'm currently 20 years old and just finished my second year of the Creative Technology bachelor. I was born in Fryslân and grew up in a little town called Eastermar. I moved to Enschede in September of 2018.
It all started when I attended my first General Member Meeting of S.A. Proto during my first week at the UT. Ever since then I have been an active Proto member. I have been a member of the Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again committeee and pLAN committee, and I have thoroughly integrated with the furniture of the Protopolis.
From the moment I found out CreaTe exists I knew it was the study for me and I still believe that this is the only study that truly fits me. However, there is still a lot to improve, which I am excited to be a part of. I'll also do my best to keep Proto nice and orderly. I hope to strengthen the brand of Proto and its design and bring more awareness to the educational content Proto provides to its members.
Jonathan Matarazzi | | Treasurer
Hey there, I'm Jonathan Matarazzi a 20 years old Creative Technology student who just finished his second year. I grew up in the not-so-wild west, in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel. In the last years of secondary education I already knew I was going to move out of my parents' home, and I'm very happy the destination turned out to be Enschede. During my student-for-a-day experience I was shortly introduced to the Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again committeee and I got really excited about joining them, so that is what I did after the first committee market. Later in the year I also joined the EducaCie, and in my second year the DIYCie and pLAN also joined the club. I quickly grew quite fond of Proto and found myself hanging in the Protopolis almost every day.
Now a new time has come, and I'm looking forward to hopefully being the treasurer of Proto next year. Since I like efficiency, I really hope to improve any tedious workflows currently in place. I think digitising the current workflows and, if time allows for it, existing documents could really help to make things a little easier, tidier, and more structured.
As everybody else, I still have a lot to learn. I think a board year is a great opportunity to improve on and learn some skills. Next to learning some awesome bookkeeping skills, I hope to improve my workload managing skills. Making sure my workload is manageable and planned over the week in a structured way can be hard, but I'm sure the upcoming year will help me train this skill.
As an end note, I just want to say I'm looking forward to fulfilling my tasks as one of the hopefully new board members, but also to hanging out and having fun with my fellow Proto members.
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Sebastiaan van Loon | & | Officer of Internal Affairs & Officer of External Affairs
Hello there, my name is Sebastiaan van Loon. Currently 22 years old and a second year Creative technology student. I was born in Bergen op Zoom and lived there until I was 14, after that I moved to Doetinchem.
Before Creative Technology I studied Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen for a year. I've had no regrets in switching to Creative Technology and found that the study and community fits me far better. I can't exactly pinpoint when it happened but at some point in my first year I started doing committees for Proto, and I mean A LOT of committees. Being active has already taught me a lot about myself and I hope that a board year at this wonderful association will teach me even more. My focus next year will be to get new first year students enthusiastic for Proto and to keep companies interested in our association despite the many changes going on in the world.
Personally I hope to learn to let go in the upcoming year. Some things are just not important enough to keep worrying about and sometimes it's also important to say no.
You can reach the board at firstname.lastname@example.org