Marthe Wijfjes for UCR Council

Can you introduce yourself?

I’m Marthe Wijfjes, I’m a pre-med / chemistry major and I’m in my fourth semester.

What position are you running for?

I’m running for Student Representative of the UCR Council.

Why are you running for this position specifically?

I was really considering running for a big board, and then last year I ran for the HAC. Now as house elder, I already feel like I’ve been helping in that sense. And in the case of RASA, I’ve been in the Yearbook Team, Roosevelt Debating Society and the Roosevelt Open Team – I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of stuff to contribute to RASA. So now I think there is something else I can contribute to, which is the AAC. Right now, there are three different positions available. Considering that UCR Council has more to do with management, I chose for this position.

Why should people vote for you specifically?

In the first place, because I’m very passionate about it. I’ve been the Chair of both the Yearbook Team and RDS at the same time, so I’ve been juggling with those two responsibilities and I’ve realized it actually works out. So, the work pressure of being in the UCR Council is something I can definitely work with. Also, as a Chair you really have to take into account all of the politics at the same time as if actually running an organisation and making sure everything is being taken into account. Especially in the UCR Council, you have to take everything into account, the teachers and the students, as well as the staff.

For the UCR Council, they always try to be very open, but it’s always really hard to be very clear about everything, because there is this Facebook page and with all these documents with minutes. Instead, I would rather choose a certain topic on the Facebook page and try to start a discussion on that specific topic. I think, that way, we could get more student input via social media, which is something that we could definitely improve on.

If you were a colour, what would you be and why?

I want to choose a colour that is exciting, as well as a colour that makes you feel at ease. So maybe the colour I’m wearing right now, which is turquoise. It’s a colour that makes you feel at ease and at the same time it’s a little different from the rest.

Eden van der Moere, Class of 2017, is a literature, linguistics and theatre & media studies major from Goes, the Netherlands.

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