The Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA), founded in 2010, is the umbrella organization that provides a platform for all the social activities of students at AUC. Activities include sports tournaments, parties, MUN-conferences and other initiatives proposed by groups of students of all sizes.
The association has around 900 members – all AUC students are included in the AUCSA body. Of our members, around 170 are in a board of one of the dozens of committees. These committees form the heart of the social life at AUC, and organize almost every event.
AUCSA is part of the University College Student Representatives of the Netherlands (UCSRN), a joint initiative by all University Colleges around the country to unite, support, and foster competition between them. We are proud of our active role in supporting the UCSRN, and even more so to have won the last four annual tournaments in a row.
The primary role of the AUCSA is to facilitate and coordinate student endeavours: the actual organization and realization of events and activities is done by the committees and their respective boards. Together with all its members, the AUCSA Board strives for the further development of extra-curricular student activities at AUC. In order to achieve this, AUCSA encourages all students to take initiatives and become involved in one of the many projects and activities available, or realise an idea themselves. By encouraging these ideas put forth by enthusiastic students we fill the student’s agenda’s with exciting events throughout the year. Together, AUCSA and the committees endeavour to foster an active student community so that all students take full advantage of their time as an AUC student.
While our beloved Student Council is concerned mainly with academic matters, improving the curriculum, student welfare and other topics, the AUCSA is concerned with all social aspects of the community.
The AUCSA provides funding and an organizational framework for the committees, thus creating a platform that enables students to develop themselves professionally and organize fun and social events. The committee boards have a set structure with clearly divided tasks, comprising at least of chair, secretary, and treasurer, all of which are vital for the functioning of committee boards. Furthermore, the AUCSA strives to create a great, open, and interactive social community at AUC, to create a full community feeling for the students. It adheres to its six pillars, which guide every decision made.
Meet Marik, computer science student in his third year and avid foodie. Despite being born far outside of the ring road around Amsterdam, Science Park has become his very home packed with amazing friends, and time has been flying ever since. His role as President means motivating and inspiring his board members and the entire student body, as well as forming the main bridge between the association and AUC itself. As this guy tends to talk everyone's ear off, don't hesitate to come up to him for advice of any kind: dealing with concerns, the latest cooking recipes, or just for a chat. You can also shoot him an email at email@example.com for anything!
Here's Jasmijn, a second-year International Relations & Political Science major and your Secretary in the AUCSA Board. Naturally, she will be fervently typing up weekly newsletters, emails and meeting minutes, as well as being a social representative of the UCSRN. She grew up around Rotterdam, though in elementary school you could have often caught her wearing an Ajax soccer shirt. Now you can sometimes see her walking around with a camera, as photography is one of her biggest passions. Some other things she gets excited about are sunsets, travelling and Indonesian food. If you ever need Jasmijn for anything, feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just approach her in person for a chat.
This is Willemijn, a third-year Science student majoring in mathematics and computer sciences. Born and raised in Amsterdam, she likes going out to the city with friends and explore hidden gems, or stay in Science Park to grab a drink at Maslow. As a Treasurer Willemijn will handle AUCSA's finances as well as being in charge of the Acquisitions Team. Apart from that, her tasks this year include organizing Dormfest and Winter Formal, two of the largest events of the year. Willemijn is always down for a little chat, so feel free to approach her in the AB or send an email at email@example.com for any questions ranging from treasury and acquistions to what her favorite cocktail is.
Grace is a second-year majoring in neuroscience. After living in Egypt, Macedonia, Sydney and Amsterdam she has a survival kit for feeling at home in a foreign country. She wants to make everyone feel at home by serving as CAO and helping every committee, reach its goals and remain happy & healthy. Not only so, Grace is the Vice President, making sure she supports every one of her fellow board members. If you don’t find Grace roaming the halls of the AB, she is either watching a football match or on her walk-of-the-day so if you are looking for some survival tips or anything at all, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Say hi to Siem, a second-year student in physics and CAO during this year. He was born in Amsterdam, then moved away, but luckily returned for AUC. Being a person of talent, Siem likes to play a bunch of instruments and more often than not, you'll be able to find him in the kitchen. Siem will also be quartermaster this year, meaning he is the one to contact if you are looking for anything to borrow. You can expect him to be busy supporting his committees wherever he can; he is enthusiastic and likes to be involved, so if you have any questions, ideas, or if you are just looking for a jam you can always hit him up (email@example.com)!
Berend was born in the US, but raised by Dutch parents. He's currently a third year science major, and having been part of Junket last year, he's ready for the challenge of being a CAO. Besides giving the committees all the attention and support they need to succeed, Berend is already hyped for Dormfest later in the year. He's also the creative mastermind behind the merch. Filled to the brim with creative energy, he's never afraid to help out with new ideas - so if your idea will be the new best thing since sliced bread, don't hesitate to contact him. Hit him up in in the AB or anywhere else, really. Alternatively, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committees are the heart of the AUCSA, and our primary goal is to encourage our members to interact with one (or more!) of our many committees. We provide them with a budget, and the means to plan, promote, and host events for our members; be it cultural dinners in the courtyard, or participating in MUNs all over the world. We also do our best to minimize barriers to entry for AUCSA events; most events are free or very cheap to attend. Finally, we place great importance on making sure that our events are open to all members, so that every AUC student has the opportunity to participate in our community. The association very openly celebrates the fact that its student body is highly motivated, creative, and bursting with ideas.
Inspired by the strong bond university students have with their alma maters, we feel that creating an environment that fosters school spirit is an essential part of community building within a university. We want AUC students to head out of ‘the bubble’ and show the rest of the world what we’re made of. We want AUC students to wear our school’s merchandise with as much pride as they would wear their Hogwarts uniforms. Finally, we want our students to view AUC the way we do: as our little slice of home in the big city of Amsterdam.
Learning from the past, we can build upon experience to facilitate an association that is both thriving and fully sustainable for student generations to come. By critically assessing every expense made and always finding a proper justification, we do our best to prevent finances seeping out of the association. We are thinking of the future, but are not forgetting about the present: while building up savings is good, the AUCSA is funded in its entirety by the student body, and thus it is our job to make sure that money finds it way back to every single person; luckily, we have the many committees function as our most common form of doing this.
An association’s success is best measured in the activity of its members; without the eager, high-energy people who create content for the community, the AUCSA would be nothing. An important element in sustaining this community is inspiring our first years to get involved. It is important to us that our first years develop a sense of belonging to AUC, so that they may, in time, come to love Science Park as much as we do. Some ways of reaching this is through co-organizing the Introduction Week and taking our first years on a weekend before their first day of class. In doing so, we hope that in a year’s time, when they enter their second year of university, they will help the AUCSA welcome a new set of first years to our community as well.
Internal Communication is concerned with our role within the AUC community. As board members of the AUCSA, we strive to represent our members as accurately as possible. By integrating the community’s feedback and suggestions into our work, we keep the AUCSA moving in the direction our members want us to go. To ensure a smooth operation, communication must be frequent and adequate; for this reason, we have board meetings twice a week, and are constantly in many different conversations through email at the same time, from early in the morning until late. We strongly believe that this is directly beneficial to the ease at which the committees, commissions, and teams can realize events and raise awareness for the student body.
With our exceptional Liberal Arts and Sciences program, we have a set of skills that is unique within the Dutch education system. We aim to strengthen the bond with neighboring associations, including other UCs all over the country. The AUCSA board attends many student association assemblies, meetings, and constitutions so that we may become more renowned within the Netherlands. We also pursue visibility through media, such as radio interviews, newspaper articles, and magazine features. Following that, we go on to share information about the typical AUC student profile to companies and organizations, so that AUC graduates will be well received in the professional sphere their ambitions take them.