My name is Carlijn Torenbeek and I am the president of the 28th Board of the Erasmus Student Network Utrecht. Last year I finished my bachelor in History at Utrecht University, where I focused on contemporary history and the Cold War in particular. 

My interest in the international student life started when I went on exchange during my studies. I went to Florence for an art history course and in Seoul, Korea, I followed a summer course in international relations. After that I also went on an Erasmus Exchange Program to Bologna, where I not only improved my Italian language skills, but also became a pro in the Italian kitchen.

During my time abroad I realized that organizations such as the Erasmus Student Network are really important, since they help to integrate people into cultures that they might not know so well yet. Thanks to organizations like ESN I felt very welcome during my time abroad and became easily integrated in other cultures. I also made a lot of friends from all over the world. This all made my experiences abroad very valuable and unforgettable. This year I will do my best, together with my fellow board members and all of our committee members, to make your exchange an unforgettable experience!

As the president I am the spokesperson of the organization. I am responsible for the overall picture, the policy paper and the year report. In addition, I keep in touch with the higher education institutions and I am in charge of our Human Resource Management.

When I am not at the office I like spending time with my family and friends, who fortunately also live in Utrecht. Besides that I like to make music, cook, play football and travel around. Besides that I am very passionate about Italian culture and language.

Looking at all the things that we have planned for the upcoming year, I am certain that it will be a fantastic year! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at president@esn-utrecht.nl, and hopefully we will meet each other soon!

Until then, all the best.