Bente Maria Ardina van Santvoort
"Because of the fact we are a small-scale programme, you get to know people quite well, quite fast, and therefore you can build some beautiful friendships throughout the next two years."
I am Bente, and I am super thrilled to announce that I will be fulfilling the role of Internal Commissioner for the International Study Association Umami of 2021-2022! I am originally from The Netherlands (specifically Sint-Michielsgestel, which is a village nearby Den Bosch), but I already live for approximately 1.5 years here in Venlo.
I did my Bachelor’s in Food Innovation at HAS University of Applied Sciences, where I specialized in Food Packaging. I really enjoyed being part of that programme, but I figured that in the end I want to spend my working days more on the side of Nutrition and Health, and because of that I decided that I wanted to enlarge my understanding about health with the HFIM programme.
Unfortunately, my background in Food Innovation was not enough to be eligible to the Master’s programme and that is why I did the HFIM pre-master last year. Because of that, I already know Venlo fairly well and I have to say it is absolutely not as boring as most of us might think before moving here. Because of the fact we are a small-scale programme, you get to know people quite well, quite fast, and therefore you can build some beautiful friendships throughout the next two years.
As already mentioned, I will be Umami’s Internal Commissioner for this year. This means that I will be the head of the Business-, Activity-, and Educational Committee, and it is my responsibility to keep an eye on their proper and effective functioning throughout the academic year.
I am really looking forward to working closely with all my fellow Umami board members so we can make this a fantastic year full of fun and educational activities for all of us! Covid-19 is still part of today’s society, but nevertheless, we as a board will make sure that this year will be an exciting, memorable year! If ever questions pop up about Umami or the HFIM programme, don’t be shy to contact me, I am always open to help.
Hope to see you around!
Bente van Santvoort