Why join a committee?

Are you interested in joining one of Ibn Battuta’s committees? Do you want to know what a committee does, what you can mean for a committee, and what a committee can mean for you? Then check out these short pieces written by (former) committee members. They can give you some insights in their membership of a committee. You can read what they have organized, what their function was and how it improved their time in Groningen! Have fun reading!

Foreign Excursion Committee

Gijs Homans

I was part of the Foreign Excursion Committee last year, better known as the BECstreetboys. It was really fun to organize this trip towards three beautiful countries on the Adriatic coast. To decide where to go with a group of 50 people was a nice process. Including the search of destinations, finding activities, and arranging transport and hostels. My function within the committee was Acquisition and Promotion. My role was therefore to create the BEC-booklet. I've learned how to work with programs such as InDesign and Photoshop, which is very useful for a lot of things! So if you want to have your influence on where the Foreign Excursion will go next year and be part of a group which will be very close-knit, then apply for the BEC!


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Gijs Homans

Sara Kelly

Last year, I was a member of the Foreign Excursion committee. I really enjoyed being a part of the committee. I liked planning and organizing a trip for a whole group. During the first months of the committee, we looked at possible destinations. After the destination was decided, we started booking flights and hostels. The last months before the BEC, are the busiest. We then looked at the activities and other things that needed to be done. As a treasurer, I was responsible for making the budget and keeping it up-to-date and making sure that all payments were done in time. Also, I helped others with their tasks. 

The Foreign Excursion Committee is a bigger committee (we met one a week mostly) but this also makes that you really get to know your fellow committee members and I think you can combine it perfectly with studying. All in all, I would definitely recommend joining the Foreign Excursion Committee because it is really fun and you will learn a lot!


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Sara Kelly

Lecture Committee

Joram Wijnstra

One way to settle into university can be through going to your mandatory lectures, which can be interesting, enjoyable, but also sometimes boring. Another way to settle into university can be to participate and organize extracurricular activities. As part of the Lecture Committee, you get the opportunity to organize captivating, impressive or even refreshing lectures. This can vary from smaller concepts like organizing a running lecture where three PhD-students will show their research, to a bigger event like the W.J. van de Bremen lecture. Since you are part of a committee, organizing these lectures is a fun activity. What makes the lecture committee special is that the different functions within the committee have no hard borders and we therefore always work in collaboration. Being part of the lecture committee is fun, instructive and ‘gezellig’. Settle in university, settle in the lecture committee.


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Joram Wijnstra

Paulien Mensinga

Last year, I was a part of the Lecture Committee which was so much fun to do! Throughout the year, the committee organizes different kinds of lectures. Varying from ‘small’ lectures in which, for example, PhD-students explain what their research is about to, as the icing on the cake, the ‘big’ W.J. van den Bremen lecture in the spring. Even though you already have to attend lectures within your study it is interesting to organize other lectures as well because you are able to learn even more about different kinds of geographical subjects. This was one of the reasons I was interested in the Lecture Committee. Besides, being a part of this committee is like being a part of a group of friends, the different functions are not that strict, which makes it really feel like you do everything together as a group. Therefore, I would really recommend applying for the Lecture Committee and I’m sure you won’t regret it! 

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Paulien Mensinga

Wintersport Committee

Kees Dings

Hi I'm Kees, a second-year human geography student. Last year I helped organizing the annual wintersport of Ibn Battuta through the Wintersport committee. It turned out to be a great success with around 40 people. Next to organizing the wintersport, obviously, the Wintersport committee also organizes a winter-themed activity and a ski clinic. This winter themed activity was up to us to choose.

I really enjoyed organizing all this as a skier myself, even though I had never organized a trip like this before. An added benefit is that you can decide the location. But most importantly: the group with which we organized all this was the most fun. Frequently we would come together to discuss the organization, but there was always enough room for some informal banter as well. Experience with skiing/snowboarding is not important for arranging this trip, so whether you have that or not, the Wintersport committee is a great way to make friends and organize an unforgettable trip!


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Kees Dings

Jasper Roest

Hi Ibn’ers! Do you dare to organize an amazing skiing trip for a large group, then join the Wintersport Committee. As last year’s Chairman of this committee, I can look back at a memorable trip to the French Alpes. With this function, I had the honor of directing an enthusiastic group of six heroic Snowmads.

As Wintersport Committee you are responsible for organizing the Wintersport trip itself and several winter-themed activities. Last year activities were: indoor skiing, ice skating, and a pub quiz. For arranging these activities and the wintersport itself, you meet one or two times a month. Besides the planning of the activities and the trip, you get the job to create a good ambiance in the group, before and during the trip.

Would you like to organize a ski-trip for a group of Ibn’ers, and do you want to organize a week full of (après-)skiing? Sign up for the Wintersport Committee and we will meet in the Yeti-bar!

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Jasper Roest