Can you tell us a little bit about yourself – who are you, where do you come from and what are your hobbies?
I am Jeremy. I am originally from Brussels, but I moved to Manchester in the UK five years ago. So long already 😅 I finished studying last summer, and now I am hard at work 😭 In my spare time, I really like to cook; good food is hard to come by in this country, so I like to make it myself.
How/why did you discover AEGEE?
I discovered AEGEE during the fresher’s fair during my second year of uni. That’s the big event at the beginning of the academic year where all of the student societies show themselves off to new students. Then I went to a few drinks and socials, and the rest is history. I became active very quickly, since AEGEE-Manchester is quite small and could always use an extra hand.
Can you sketch your AEGEE-career for us? What was your ultimate highlight within your time in AEGEE?
With the exception of a terrific exchange with AEGEE-Nijmegen I have mostly organized and participated in events in Manchester. That’s also because I was secretary of the board of our local during my final year at university. I’ve organized a couple of European events here, but the peak of my career was definitely as organizer in our SU ‘505 Unknown Pleasures of Britain’ in 2018. It was a really rewarding experience, which I would recommend to everyone!
Are there any specific plans or goals (within AEGEE) you strive towards?
The main thing for me is to stay open! AEGEE is all about discovering new people and places, which you can’t do if you’re not ready to take in everything you encounter. I want to continue being a part of AEGEE to hear different opinions, voices and cultures, and to always keep learning.
Do you have a message for the members of AEGEE-Leiden?
Come visit us! Or even better, do your Erasmus in Manchester. Our antenna could use some reviving at the moment, and motivated people from Leiden could be exactly what we’ll need if we want to get the ship back afloat!