By Renske Wienen
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Jody Vis, I am 20 years old and I am in my fourth semester. I am majoring in economics and psychology and I am from the Netherlands.
What position are you running for?
I am running for HAC Roggeveenhof Campus Elder.
And why are you running for this position?
I decided to run for this position because thanks to Carolien [current Roggeveenhof campus elder] and Julia [former Roggeveenhof campus elder] I had a clear idea about what this position entails. What I like is that you have a lot of contact with the students. Other positions are more abstract and long-term focused, but as campus elder you get to solve problems as soon as soon as they arise. I have also been a floor elder and I thought “oh, I really like this!” And a campus elder is basically a next-level floor elder that tries to make living in Roggeveenhof more comfortable and enjoyable for all students.
Can you elaborate on having a board position in the HAC?
Yes, I decided to run for the Housing Affairs Council board mostly because of the position of campus elder. The board provides the resources necessary and being able to discuss your plans and problems with the other campus elders and the daily board is very valuable. I would also really like being part of the HAC because you get to decide on a long-term strategy, such as the sustainable campus plans the previous board has started with. This way, the board can make substantial improvement and involve the students. The changes made by the HAC are often very visible, such as the larger paper container and improved fire safety equipment.
You are not the only one running for this position. Why should people vote for you?
I first would like to say that when I talk about my own qualities, I am not trying to say that the others running do not have these qualities. That said, I think people should vote for me because I am very serious about running for this position. I have thought about it for a long time and also about why people should vote for me. You should have ideas about what you want to improve on campus but as a campus elder your main concern is solving the problems that arise as soon as possible. To be able to do this you have to be well-organized and communicate clearly to the students. I have developed these skills by being part of the UCR Reception team where we are constantly confronted with problems that have to be solved. As a Campus Elder, you should be approachable, so people that have problems come to you. Of course I am not the one who can judge if I am a friendly person who people easily approach, but I hope I am!
Would you rather be on a deserted island alone or together with someone you hate?
Definitely not alone! I really like people. Even if it is someone you hate, you will always find something in them that you do like. Also in a practical regard; I am not very strong so it would be useful if I were together with someone who can carry heavy stuff. And also, if it is a guy, we can make babies and have even more people on the island!
Renske Wienen, class of 2018, is a cognitive science and chemistry major from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.