The name “A Series of Unfortunate Events” comes from the title of a series of 13 children’s novels written by Daniel Handler. The series has a dark, mysterious atmosphere and follows the lives of the three Baudelaire children who are placed into the custody of a murderous relative after their parents died. This relative arranges a number of disasters that aim at stealing their inheritance. The string of disasters reminded us a lot of the accumulation of unfortunate events that defined and still define 2020 and therefore the start of our Board year as well. Just like the Baudelaire children, our future as the Board is nothing like we expected, but we are trying to make the best out of it and refuse to let COVID-19 drag us down.
Chair – Teddy Kremer
Hey everybody! (If you get the song reference, we can be friends.) My name is Teddy, and I am 21 years old. This year I will be Albion’s Chair, meaning I will try my hardest to ensure that the entire operation keeps running smoothly. Next to being Chair and having fun at Albion activities, I like hanging out with my friends, going out or just staying in and watching a “good” movie or TV show (apparently good is not a subjective thing, but I will die defending Hawai’i Five-O and Mamma Mia). According to my friends, my main personality traits are that I talk a lot, that I have a lot of love for Lays Paprika Chips (it’s the way to my heart), and that I have the internet skills of an FBI agent, so enjoy those fun facts. Although I’m not from Leiden (takes a 2,5 hours train ride to get there from my lovely side of the country) I look forward to (hopefully) being back there and making sure this is going to be one of Albion’s best years together with the rest of the board and of course you guys!
Secretary – Raf Mijnen
Hi there! My name is Raf and I am next year’s secretary of the Albion board. This means amongst other things that I’ll be sending you the biweekly and answering your emails, so we’ll probably have a lot of contact! My favourite things to do are playing hockey, rewatching Harry Potter films (Ravenclaw! House Pride!) and going out with friends, I’m always up for a good conversation, a nice cuppa tea and just generally hanging out with people. So don’t hesitate to talk to me when you see me (the trick is to look down, I’m very short). I can’t wait to go back to uni again and see you all in person instead of online.
Treasurer – Jaimy van Seters
Hey! I’m Jaimy, I’m 24 years old and I’ll be Albion’s Treasurer for the duration of this academic year, which means that I’ll be keeping all of the receipts throughout the year. In addition, I’ll be arranging any subsidy requests with the university and haunting all of you with payment reminders. Before starting my English studies, I pursued a Law degree in Amsterdam. My main reason for studying English is my desire to be a high school teacher. Funnily enough, I was never all that bookish until I started studying English, but now I have a pretty big classics collection. When I manage to find some free time I mainly like to come up with new vegan recipes, play video games and learn new languages. Something people might not expect of me is that I’m big into combat sports, but it’s true! I’m looking forward to meeting new (and familiar) faces at the Albion activities this year!
Assessor – Jamie Bick
Hi, my name is Jamie Bick and I will be the Assessor in this academic year, the social butterfly for the communication within and between committees and other associations. I simply love everything about literature and I am always glad to find people to talk about books and movies. I am vegan and love every animal (although I’m not that fond of spiders). I have a dog and a cat (a beautiful Maine Coon who has her own instagram account). My Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw, which I am very proud of, any my favourite Harry Potter character is Luna Lovergood. Next to literature, which is quite an obvious passion when studying English, I am passionate about sports, especially surfing. If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you’re gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?