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22/06/2016

Part V: External Relations

Part V: External Relations
By Marc Ravenhorst

Do you know that tall, blond guy standing every Monday till late at Club Kiwi, usually with a beer in his hand? Well, that is me! My name is Marc Ravenhorst, and I am very happy to introduce myself as next years’ Commissioner for External affairs of our amazing association. For those who are not completely sure what I will be doing next year, it means that I will be the person who makes sure that external organizations, other associations, and commercial parties know who we are and what we can do for them. Or in other words, I will be working on finding and increasing funding and sponsorships for SIB-Groningen.Even though my history as a student is relatively long, my history at SIB is, unfortunately, a bit short. I remember last KEI-week, I was sitting on the ground in my room in Groningen (I had no chairs yet), reading booklets of several student associations and additional information on the internet to make a decision of which association to join. I already signed up for an information mail of an association that was not SIB, and even though summer schools seemed nice, it just didn’t felt right. And then, I found SIB, and it felt right. The international character, the intellectual part and the social part, it was exactly what I was looking for. I even convinced someone from my KEI-group to go with me to het Pakhuis to join SIB. From that moment I could call myself a SIB member, and it has been fantastic! Since that moment I have had amazing moments and memories at SIB. For example, the Yearbook auction, the unlimited drinks party somewhere in December (or, what I remember of that party) and of course the trip to Brussels. But my best memory? I don’t know. There are too many to choose from, I think the best memory still has to be created, and I’m sure that will happen very soon!Before I end this blog I want to tell you about my theme song, because what is a Board member without a theme song? Those who know me a little bit will know that I have a very strong love and passion for a particular American singer. So, it won’t be a surprise that my theme song is one of my favorite numbers of this singer, which is ‘If I can dream’. If you wonder why this is my theme song, feel free to ask me, because it is too much to explain in this blog.I hope to see you soon!Marc Ravenhorst