Blog postGet to know your board! – President Anaëlle Laurent

14/09/2022

New academic year means a new Tiburón board has just been voted in! Most of you have probably already seen us at practice or already know us from the previous year. Nevertheless, we still want to introduce all of our board members to you.

As our lovely president, Anaëlle will start this series of introductions so you finally know who the heck that girl is who is always screaming from the start block before every practice. So here you go:

1.   Who are you and what are you up to, when you are not spending time with Tiburón?

Hellooo Sharks! I’m Anaëlle, 18 yo, french and german, but always lived in Brussels. After graduating high school in Brussels, I moved to Maastricht to start my bachelor’s degree at UCM. I am now in my second year, concentrating in social sciences. When I’m not with Tiburón you will find me listening to my music while taking a walk through the city. You can also find me working at an ice cream shop here in Maastricht, or spending time with friends.

2.  What made you decide to learn how to swim like a shark rather than float like a turtle?

After many years of trying all different kinds of sports I finally decided to settle down for swimming (yes, yes, like for a relationship). After 3 years in a club, I joined the competition club for a year. I loved the people and trainings, but hated competitions, so I stopped. Yet, I still love being in the water, even if it’s just to talk haha (which you will mostly catch me doing at practice). So, arriving in Maastricht, I thought that joining the association would be the perfect opportunity to get to know new friends that enjoy the same activity as me. And I have to say, I do not regret a single second having joined!

3.   Why did you decide to become a board member?

To be honest, at first, I did not want to do it, because I knew it was going to be a lot of work next to my studies which are already very demanding. So I thought, if they think I can do it, they will probably ask me at some point, which they did. Thus, I reconsidered my choice and realised that I was spending all my time at Tiburón anyways. So why not try this new adventure? All in all, I was very excited about being able to take over the association with my board in order to offer the same amazing experience I had with Tiburón to new Sharkies.

4.   What is your position actually about? What are you doing?

As president, I am in charge of the good functioning of the board and of the PR committee. This means that I plan the board meetings and make sure that everything is running smoothly for my other board members. Moreover, I also take charge of our external relations through our social medias or events like the INKOM, for example. Thus, I am also the one in direct relation with our sisters and brothers association. In short, I am the ‘face’ of the association when it comes to external relations. By the way, I am actively looking for  PR committee members, to help me with some little tasks, so it would be lovely if you would be interested!

5.   What is your favorite Tiburón memory?

Wow, this is a very hard question. I think that I am going to go with the cantus of the introduction weekend. I had just joined Tiburón, and the cantus was my first ever activity as a new member. I had never heard of a ‘cantus’, and thus, had no idea of what was going to happen. The only thing my friend and I had heard concerning a cantus, was that only beer was involved and that after two hours, people would already be quite drunk. So we thought, how is it even possible that with only two hours and beer, people can be in such a situation? Well, little did I know, that I would quickly understand why hahahahah. Even if I do not remember how I got home, I remember having the best time singing with the others and bonding with new Sharks!

6.   What are you looking forward to the most during the up coming year?

I am really looking forward to meeting all the new members and making them feel part of the big family we are! I also can’t wait for all the fun activities and parties that our lovely activity-co has prepared for us 🙂

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