New JoCo members!

This Wednesday we already let you get acquainted with our lovely board members, but we aren’t done introducing yet! The Journalism Committee (yes us!) is expanding with three new talented and very enthusiastic members, who can’t wait to start entertaining you with their articles! An Australian, an Italian and a Dutchie who just returned from a year living in Paris. Yes, we’re getting very international here and are actually reaching a (shared) first spot (okay okay with the PR Committee..) as the most international committee of ESN Utrecht!

All three have a unique writing style, and with their different backgrounds, perspectives and vibrant personalities I think they are going to be a great asset to our team, providing us with some interesting, new perspectives on the Utrecht life. Not to forget that they are all taking on an extra function in the committee. Let me introduce to you:


Our always happy new editor Alex, who just exchanged Australian summer for our Dutch winter weather (that’s dedication!).

Our new secretary Tessa: a typical Dutch bike lover, with the wish to become more French (already speaks it fluently) and the dream to learn a French rap song by heart and impress people on the Champs-Elysées in Paris while rapping it. Let’s see how far she comes this semester!

And last but definitely not least, Our new PR Teo: The Taylor Swift of Italy? Well, I haven’t heard him sing yet, but with own written poems and songs and having sung in an Oasis coverband, the expectations are high!

They will all start writing from next week on, so keep an eye on the blog as their first articles will appear soon! For more information about them, check the writers section over here. Now, let’s pass the word to them, and get to know them a bit better!


alexG’day! I’m Alex Treacy, a kangaroo-eating, cricket-loving scallywag from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve just started my half-year exchange to sunny Utrecht, and I definitely under-packed on warm clothing. I’ve been a journalism student since dropping out of law school, and while I picture myself as the next Hunter S. Thompson, I’ll more likely end up writing for a trashy News Corporation tabloid (by the way, on behalf of Australia, sorry for giving the world Rupert Murdoch). I still occasionally ride my bike on the wrong side of the road, and I order bitterballen at every bar and restaurant because it’s the only item I know. Nevertheless, I couldn’t be more excited to share over the semester my modest collection of funny stories and observations. See you all soon- they don’t call me the Puma of Poema for nothing! (ed. No one calls me the Puma of Poema).


tessaMy name is Tessa, I’m 21 years old and born and raised in the Netherlands. I study at Utrecht University; my major is French language and culture, but I’m specialising in linguistics and artificial intelligence. My ideal master would be a combination of those last two domains with an option to go abroad – to France bien sûr !

Besides improving my language skills, I adore sports: I dance twice a week (salsa amigos!) and go swimming and running regularly. Art and culture have a very special place in my heart as well – I’ve actually wanted to go to art academy for some time, before deciding to go to Uni. I’ve studied Art History instead, in Paris for one year, when I was on Erasmus.

I’ve joined the Journalism Committee, because I wanted to stay in touch with those awesome international vibes and also because I love to write. It is great to have an audience to write for, and I can combine it with my love for languages by writing about the funny perks of our beautiful Dutch language. I’ll also let you in on all the best kept secrets of the city of Utrecht – where to be at what time to have an amazing exchange! And of course all the tips and tricks to make your stay with us in this lovely city easier.

I’m excited to get started, and hope to see you soon online or at an ESN event!


teoI’m Teo, from Potenza (2 hours to Naples), Italy. I got my bachelor diploma in Humanities at the Basilicata University (Italy). I spent my 9 months Erasmus programme in Salamanca, Spain. After that, I went to Vilnius, Lithuania for two months for an Internship to teach literature in an Italian school and I spent my 4 final bachelor’s months in Galway, Ireland to write my thesis. There were two turning points in my professional and human life. The first one was when I broke up with my first girlfriend, and to face my sadness and loneliness I decided to start writing songs, poems and tales. The second one was when I had a terrible injury to my knee. I had to stop playing football and basketball, but I really missed them so I started to write about them and I got my first official job as a web-journalist. My dream will be to keep journalism and writing as hobbies and to teach Italian and Spanish in the United States, in Australia or in China. My passions, apart from sport, are cinema, literature and music. I used to play guitar for 3 years and to sing for an Oasis cover band for few months. Every time I start a new experience abroad I use to write a travel diary, just to keep all the best memories with me when I will be far away.  I started to be familiar with ESN during my Erasmus and always dreamed about joining it someday.


By Melodie Zöllner


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