1. Sophie Galema

Me and my education

My name is Sophie Galema and I am a third year bachelor student Nutrition & Health. Currently, I am doing my minor in Sweden as an Erasmus Exchange student. Besides my study I am a member of SSR-W. I am an optimistic person who is always in for new opportunities.

Why I am candidate?

As an active student I always engaged myself in various activities. During my time abroad, I realized that high quality education is not always obvious. With this experience, I want to maintain and where possible improve the standard of education and the quality of student life in Wageningen.

Why should you vote for me?

With your support I will try to maintain quality of education and the vibrant student life in Wageningen. This means better information about studying abroad and excursions included in all study programs. Moreover, I will advocate for compensation to enable student organisations to adapt to EDS.

2. Bo Briggeman

Me and my education

My name is Bo Briggeman. I am in the third year of my BSc Nutrition and Health, currently following different Plant Science and Biotechnology courses. At the moment I’m part of the organisation committee of the Great Dutch Student Championships (GNSK) and I am a member of K.S.V. St. Franciscus.

Why I am candidate?

I want to represent the active student, since I believe it is important that the university supports development outside of university. Nevertheless, keeping the education at an adequate level is important to me.
I think that being a part of the SC gives me the opportunity to work on these topics.

Why should you vote for me?

My goal is to increase the amount of study spaces, both at the Campus and in the city center. Also investments should be made into the well-being of students, focusing on RSI and depression. Furthermore I want to make sure that practicals are not unnecessarily replaced by e-learning modules.

3. Leonie Braks

Me and my education

My name is Leonie Braks and I’m in the third year of the bachelor Molecular Lifesciences. I’m someone who is never able to do nothing so I always make sure my life is full. Every evening I’m busy with my student association K.S.V. Franciscus, my study association Alchimica or with sports.

Why I am candidate?

I notice that the growth of the university causes changes in the university and I want all prospective students to have a nice Wageningen University experience too, which for me consists of the combination of world class education and an active student live besides that.

Why should you vote for me?

My goal is to improve the level of education by ensuring prospective MSc students meet high standards concerning lab work skills, encouraging programmes to include more practical knowledge and guest lectures and stimulating teachers to use the feedback mechanism of course evaluations properly.

4. Sybren Zondervan

Me and my education

My name is Sybren Zondervan and I am currently working on my bachelor thesis of Food Technology. Last year I worked as Vice-President at study association Nicolas Appert. Currently I am working on an education digitalisation evaluation project for the Food Technology study program.

Why I am candidate?

In my daily life as a student, I see many opportunities in which our university can improve and maintain our world class education. New ways of preventing freeriders during group-work, improved training of student-assistants and implementation of the flipped classroom are great examples of this.

Why should you vote for me?

As board member I experienced what an association needs, what active students want and how our university works. The last three years, I have been devoted to improving our education, via various projects and committees and I am determined to continue this at the level of the student council.

5. Ida Sinke

Me and my education

My name is Ida Sinke. I’m in the third year of the BSc programme Economics and Governance with a personal focus on environmental policy. I always go from one activity to another and I enjoy organizing events, it gives me a lot of energy when I achieve my goals.

Why I am candidate?

I want to represent VeSte in the Student Council because I believe being active next to your studies enables you to develop yourself. With the extended daytime schedule coming up the Student Council can play a vital role in showing the University the consequences for extracurricular activities.

Why should you vote for me?

My goal is creating a stimulating environment for every student. I would like to achieve this by rewarding excellence, promoting integration between different cultures and making sure every student is treated equal, for example the social science students with regard to administrative matters.

6. Roos Verstegen

Me and my education

My name is Roos Verstegen and I am a first-year master student nutrition and health, and I have already finished my BSc studies here in Wageningen. I’ve always loved to be challenged, which is also the reason I've been actively involved in my Programme Committee and Study Association Di-Et-Tri.

Why I am candidate?

During my board-year and based on my experiences studying abroad, I’ve realised what a great university Wageningen is, but I’ve also seen room for improvement. By joining the Student Council I can help creating an environment with both excellent education and room for extracurricular activities.

Why should you vote for me?

I want to improve our education by getting insight in the English level of teachers and trying to make more funding available for hiring staff to improve the student-staff ratio. Also, I want to ensure that active students are properly compensated for their work, to reduce pressure and stress.

7. Aniek de Winter

Me and my education

Hi! I am Aniek and I’m a third year student of the BSc Biotechnology. Right now, I am working on my Bachelor thesis on microalgae. I am a very enthusiastic student, and an active member at both W.S.V. Ceres and my study association CODON. In the latter, I was also in the board for a year.

Why I am candidate?

Every active student in Wageningen has an opinion on certain issues in our University, and I want to make sure your voices are heard! In the Student Council, I aim to stimulate opportunities for students to develop themselves both inside and outside of the classroom.

Why should you vote for me?

All students deserve a broad academic development. Living in Wageningen is an essential part of this, so we strive to house all students, also the Dutch! Moreover, I think the concept of an international club should be revitalised. To maintain world class education, I want improved course guides.

8. Judith Houwaart

Me and my education

My name is Judith Houwaart, I'm currently in my 3rd year of the Bsc programme Molecular Life Sciences. I'm an active and outgoing person and always like to organise various activities and events, either in committee or charity work. I'm also a member of student association K.S.V. Franciscus.

Why I am candidate?

I'm a candidate for VeSte because I want represent the active students of the WUR, international as well as Dutch. I think it is important for a university to have happy students, good quality of education and to have good contact with its surroundings and I want to fight for this.

Why should you vote for me?

Personally, some of my goals are: to raise more awareness for the emotional and physical well-being of students (as the number of students experiencing stress and depression is rising) and to ensure good cooperation in the classroom by requiring a higher level of English for master students.

9. Oscar Versteeg (WSV Ceres)

Me and my education

Master Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

Why I am candidate?

Voor het jaar 2017-2018, ben ik President van de W.S.V. Ceres en heb ik pas echt gemerkt hoe belangrijk VeSte voor de alle Wageningse studenten is. Bijvoorbeeld, huisvesting voor alle studenten ín Wageningen, is van essentieel belang voor een onvergetelijke studententijd.

Why should you vote for me?

Een stem op mij, betekent een stem op VeSte. Als Studentenvereniging Ceres staan we al lange tijd achter VeSte en samen kunnen we een vuist maken tegen de snelgroeiende universiteit. Deze groei zorgt natuurlijk voor veel mooie mogelijkheden maar vraagt ook om een sterke stem vanuit de studentenraad.

10. Luc Kleine Schaars (SSR-W)

Me and my education

I studied biosystems engineering for three years. This year I am president at SSR-W.

Why I am candidate?

The university and student life are inextricably linked. VeSte represents the voice of the active student at the university very well. I am an active student as well. That is why I think it is important that this voice has to be heard.

Why should you vote for me?

This year I am the president at SSR-W. As president, I notice the added value of a good and active student life. To ensure that other students have the opportunity to develop themselves alongside their studies and thus have an active student life, SSR-W supports VeSte.

11. Marijn Schipper (KSV Franciscus)

Me and my education

My name is Marijn Schipper. Four years ago I moved from my hometown of Putten to Wageningen in order to start my Bsc. Biology. A decision that I have never regretted a single day. In these four years I've grown into an active student who enjoys everything the Wageningen student life has to offer!

Why I am candidate?

I support VeSte because they represent all active students as they aim to improve the quality of student life. As an active student I support their party programme,which focusses at the improvement of the quality of education, extracurricular personal development!

Why should you vote for me?

A vote for me is a vote for VeSte! I think that VeSte is the best representation an active student could wish for and I therefore feel that it is important that VeSte acquires as much votes as possible. This way they can really make a difference for our university and student life.

12. Stan Gijsbers (Nji-Sri)

Me and my education

My name is Stan Gijsbers and I am currently president of D.L.V. “Nji-Sri”. I am a third year bachelor student Food Technology where I am member of study association Nicolas Appert.

Why I am candidate?

I am candidate to support the student council party VeSte that fights for the interests, the stability and environment in which a vibrant student life thrives.

Why should you vote for me?

I have the direct experience that it is important that your voice as student association and active student is represented in the highest level of Wageningen University & Research.

13. Esther Veldhuizen (Thymos)

Me and my education

Last year I finished my bachelors in Development Studies. During these three years I also had the opportunity to study in Istanbul as an exchange student.

Why I am candidate?

This year I am the chairwoman of SWU Thymos and we are supporting sportive students in Wageningen just like Veste. That is way we underline their statements in supporting active students

Why should you vote for me?

If you think that being a student is more than attending lectures then you should vote for a student council which is active supporting organizations such as SWU Thymos.

14. Mathijs Peters (Argo)

Me and my education

Mathijs Peters, 24 years old and former chairman of the rowing association Argo. I am a Master Plant Sciences student and specialize in Breeding.

Why I am candidate?

Veste has proven to be a good companion during last year's debate about the introduction of a new university schedule.

Why should you vote for me?

Your vote will strenghten the position of student sport and especially Rowing

15. Robert van der Ven (Heren XVII)

Me and my education

My name is Robert van de Ven and I am in my third year of the BSc Agrotechnology.

Why I am candidate?

I am a candidate to support VeSte. VeSte helps a lot of students by communicating with the study associations and asking what they need for the student council and taking their time to explain the decisions made by the student council and what the effect will be for the study associations.

16. Carmen Noordijk (de Veetelers)

Me and my education

Hi! My name is Carmen Noordijk and I am from Breda, the Netherlands. Currently I am studying for my Master of Animal Sciences. Besides my study, I am chairwoman of studyassociation "De Veetelers".

Why I am candidate?

I support VeSte. I appriciate the way they support active students and stand up for education of good quality.

Why should you vote for me?

A vote for me is a vote for VeSte. They handle in the students best interest. Good quality of education is a must, so students can develop themselves both inside as outside the classroom.

17. Steven Heesterman (Pyrus)

Me and my education

At the moment I am in my third year of the study Soil, Water, Atmosphere. I am also the chairman of the most fiery study association of Wageningen, namely Pyrus!

Why I am candidate?

I am the representative of the study association Pyrus and one of our goals is to improve the quality of the study as well as to offer various extra's beside the study. It is important for us to represent the thoughts and ideas of our members within the WUR.

Why should you vote for me?

A vote for me is a vote for VeSte. VeSte represents the study association Pyrus in the student council and is therefore closely related to us. VeSte is actively involved in decision making and represents our interests.

18. Britt van Laarhoven (Mercurius)

Me and my education

My name is Britt van Laarhoven and I am currently a second year bachelor student of Economics and Governance. Since last September up to March I fullfilled the role of secretary in the board of Mercurius, from this March up to this September I am the president of Mercurius.

Why I am candidate?

We, as Mercurius, would like to show how much we appreciate VeSte in helping out and listening to our students. For example with clearifying the extended daytime schedule starting this September.

Why should you vote for me?

As Mercurius is supporting VeSte, a vote for me means a vote for VeSte!

19. Julia Besselink (AID)

Me and my education

Hi, my name is Julia and I am the current chair of the AID board. Last year, I finished my bachelor degree in Nutrition and Health. After this AID board year, I will start with my master also in the field of Nutrition and Health.

Why I am candidate?

Our aim is to show students all the opportunities that Wageningen offers. VeSte strives for an environment within the university where flexibilty and participation in the student life are the standard. Students must have the opportunity to develop themselves during the student life, so I vote VeSte!

Why should you vote for me?

Vote for me is a vote for VeSte!

20. Eva Meijer (IxESN)

Me and my education

Hello there! My name is Eva Meijer, and I am a first years MSc student doing International Development Studies. Before I also did the BSc, and I remained interested in deepening my knowledge in the field of Development Studies. Next to my MSc I am in the board of IxESN Wageningen.

Why I am candidate?

Wageningen University is increasingly facing complex challenges such as more incoming internationals but not enough housing. Veste is on the front line of advising the University in these matters and can make a change! Therefore I support them, hence a vote for me is a vote for Veste.

Why should you vote for me?

As the President of IxESN Wageningen I have learned the international side of Wageningen and I can assure you: it is big! Therefore I find it important that their voices are also heard in the Student Council. Hence I have the capacity to translate the international students's wishes into practice.

21. Jeroen van Hees (Nitocra)

Me and my education

My name is Jeroen van Hees. I was born in Utrecht and after I finished high school I started studying International Land and Water management at Wageningen UR. At the moment, I am a second year student and active in the board of the study association S.V. Nitocra and SSR-W.

Why I am candidate?

I support VeSte because VeSte represents all active students, like me. They also aim to actively involve all students to develop themselves in the best possible way. Furthermore, they concentrate on the improvement of the quality of education.

Why should you vote for me?

You should vote for me because a vote for me is a vote for VeSte! It is very important that VeSte is represented well in the Student Council, so they can impove our university and they can keep supporting active students.

22. Michelle Kantorowitz (Integrand)

Me and my education

Hi, my name is Michelle Kantorowitz and I'm currently one of the listpushers of Veste. I'm a four-year student of the BSc Business- and Consumerstudies and planning to graduate this summer. Since last september, I'm in the board of Integrand Wageningen, which I really enjoy.

Why I am candidate?

I feel that any student who wants his/her student life to be as great as possible, should vote for Veste. I'm a candidate because VeSte supports the active students of Wageningen. You can develop yourself in so many ways (especially outside the classroom) and VeSte is a great fond of that.

Why should you vote for me?

A vote for me is a vote for Veste.

23. Joris Koch (Codon)

Me and my education

Hello, my name is Joris and I'm in my 3rd year of the Bachelor Biotechnology. Currently I'm busy with my thesis, where my goal is to create plasmids for CRISPR-Cas based modifications on yeast. I'm also in the board CODON, Study Association of Biotechnology.

Why I am candidate?

During my board year, I've come to appreciate more and more of what happens behind the scenes of the university. I want students in Wageningen to be able to form a united front and I think VeSte has a good way of perceiving this goal.

Why should you vote for me?

VeSte has shown to be able to stand up for all students get our message through in an efficient way. If you vote for me, you will allow VeSte to help even more.

24. Pien van Streun (StartHub)

Me and my education

I am studying Food Technology (3rd year), however this academic year I invest my time in the startup incubator of Wageningen University: StartHub. As a student board we are empowering students who are interested in entrepreneurship by offering workshops, a relevant network, housing and financing.

Why I am candidate?

I am a candidate becasuse I support VeSte.

Why should you vote for me?

You should vote for me because a vote for me is a vote for VeSte.

25. Julia Passchier (Genius Loci)

Me and my education

Hi! My name is Julia Passchier and I'm a second year student of the Bachelor Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. You might also know me from the board of my study association Genius Loci, in which I currently fulfill the function of Chairwoman.

Why I am candidate?

I'm convinced that Veste participates actively in improving student life, both inside and outside the university. As a candidate I show my support for Veste and their philosophy for a lively student life, in which we are encouraged to develop oursleves besides our study curriculum.

Why should you vote for me?

As a student I believe that Veste can make a difference within the Student Council, where they can improve the flexibility and quality of our education. Besides voting for me means voting for a vibrant future of your student life here in Wageningen!

26. Welmoed Sprong (UniPartners)

Me and my education

Hello! I am Welmoed Sprong and I had the honour to be the General Manger of UniPartners Wageningen this year. Besides a boardyear at UniPartners, I started with my Master Nutrtion & Health, specialization Epidemiology and Public Health.

Why I am candidate?

As board member of UniPartners Wageningen I try to create a broad academic development for students, just like VeSte.

Why should you vote for me?

Giving me a vote underlines the trust for VeSte as a party.

27. Joyce van der Heijden (Nicolas Appert)

Me and my education

My name is Joyce van der Heijden and I am in the second year of my bachelor Food Technology. Besides studying I am also the president of our study association: Nicolas Appert.

Why I am candidate?

I am a candidate as I believe that VeSte does all they can to help us study associations and this is a way to give back to them. Examples are: Giving us extra information about the Extended Daytime Schedule and helping with the transition to a fully English bachelor.

Why should you vote for me?

VeSte supports us with many things and that's why we also support them. Voting for me, means voting for VeSte.

28. Sofie van der Zalm (Di-Et-Tri)

Me and my education

My name is Sofie van der Zalm. I am a third year bachelor student Nutrition and Health. Next to that, I am president of study association Di-Et-Tri.

Why I am candidate?

As president of a big association with a lot of committees and activities, I think that it is very important that students are able to be active next to their study. I believe that going to university is not only about gaining knowledge, but also about developing yourself on a personal level.

Why should you vote for me?

It is important that active students get a vote in the Student Council, so that they will be able to keep doing activities next to studying. If you vote for me, you vote for VeSte. VeSte will make sure that the needs of active students are represented in the Student Council.

29. Mathilde van 't Oor (WSKOV)

Me and my education

This is my fourth year at the WUR and I am in my first year of the Master Forest and Nature Conservation.

Why I am candidate?

I think it is important that a group of people represents the interest of the others, especially because it is not possible to let every single voice be heard individually. VeSte is there to ensure the interests of student (associations) are heard by the day-to-day managers of the WUR.

Why should you vote for me?

When voting you show that you think it is important that students are involved in the daily management of our university! More specifically, if you vote for me, your vote goes to the active student party VeSte.

30. Bregje de Regt (VeSte)

Me and my education

My name is Bregje de Regt and this year I had the honour to be the chair of VeSte. I am almost finished with my Bachelor of Management & Consumer Studies and I am a member of Ceres.

Why I am candidate?

This year was a rollercoaster of experiences. With my beautiful team, I had the chance to represent you all the best way possible. Together with them I put my full effort in maintaining our high qualification in excellent education, a flexible learning path in your study and providing the means to e

Why should you vote for me?

Giving me a vote underlines the trust for VeSte as a party. This year we have eight carefully selected candidates. These candidates will continue our road as a party and help you next year with advice in how to adapt to certain policies of our University.