There are many graduate psychologists in the Netherlands and just a few places to work. That is why the VSPA wants to make sure that you are well prepared in addition to the study in other ways to find a nice and suitable job. The Career Committee (Carrièrecie) will organize a career day. On this day, there are several things to offer to get off with the course of your career. The career day is an event for at least 100 students and is organized in collaboration with the UvA and the SPS-NIP. So a big event can be made of it. Join the Carrierecie and discuss with your committee which companies are fun for VSPA members, how the promotion is being done and to make nice contacts within the VSPA!
As a conference committee member you organize a congress about a fascinating psychological subject. Previous years there were themes such as: ‘Generation Y’, ‘Food for thought’, Irrationality ‘,’ Autism ‘,’ Love and Sex ‘,’ Psychology of Religion ‘,’ Identity’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Loneliness’. Together with your committee, you will take care of both foreign and foreign speakers, sponsors, the location, the lunch and even more to make it a successful day!
The excursion committee (Excurcie) organizes three fun psychological excursions. As an Excursion committee member you get a lot of freedom to organize things. You can think of anything to do, as long as it has to do with psychology. So be creative! The goal is to gain extra psychological knowledge in a fun way. For example, by visiting a prison, attending an experimental chiropractic therapy or attending the Dolhuys, members can come into contact with them in an interactive way. As a committee you can therefore decide for yourself what kind of excursions will take place, you will pick out the transport and arrange the promotion!
The Lecture committee organizes lectures. These are four lectures throughout the year, each with a different subject. The committee will therefore come up with four fun topics, look for speakers, see where the lectures can take place and also arrange for promotion and sponsoring. As a committee member you are completely free to choose the subject as long as the lecture has something to do with psychology. Here you can enjoy brainstorming together with your committee and together create great lectures. The previous years have shown that you can really discuss any topic at a lecture and that you can therefore work very creatively. For the subjects you can think of for example: fetishism, creativity, effects of music, mindfulness and many more!
Can you read my mind? Are you analyzing dreams all the time? Do you, as a student, also learn something besides all the parties and ‘borrels’? Can you predict my behavior? Parents sometimes have no idea what we all do in the study or at campus. The VSPA would like to offer members the opportunity to show their parents what we all learn, do and experience. The Parents Day organizes an evening on which the parents follow an example lecture, get a guided tour at the campus and close in the student bar to discuss the experiences while having a beer!
Study Trip Committee
Thé trip of the year is the annual study trip. Belgrade, Prague, Seville, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Istanbul, Athens, Tel Aviv, and St Petersburg are examples of cities we have visited in recent years. With a group of 40 to 50 students you travel to one of these cities or a whole other city. Here you visit the local psychology faculty. This way, students can get a good idea of what the study looks like abroad. In addition, there are also many attractions of the city visited and the delicious food, drinks and nightlife of the city discovered. As a Study Trip Committee, it is very nice that you can arrange the entire trip, have contact with the local university, arrange the hostel, order airline tickets and speak to the local bars for a pub crawl.
The workshop committee is a committee that, through workshops, offers members opportunities to learn other fun and interesting things besides the standard courses. There are many different workshops you can organize as a workshop committee. you decide: photoshopping, dancing, painting or applying for jobs, you can learn it all! There will be three workshops, when they come closer you are probably organizing two hours a week as a workshop member. If you would like to collaborate with other studious students for this, then sign up!
The VSPA want to focus more on releasing merchandise and creating appealing posters, to expend the brand. For this we need creative students, who would like to help design and release for instance VSPA hoodies, posters, and gadgets, whatever you can think, without restrictions. Students who feel like the study does not serve enough room to use their creativity are always welcome to join this committee.
The Support Committe is a broad committee voor diehard VSPA’ers. This commissie is a cornerstone of the association and therefore deserves a special place in our heart. The ways in which the Support Committee contributes is by cooking for the General Members Assembly, so members attending can eat for free, promoting the VSPA on days like the matching days and the VSPAcquintance, as well as organizing the ‘VrijMiBo’ (Friday Afternoon Borrel) with the UvA employees. Nex to this they can be asked to help by the board if they would ever need it. In short: essential, diverse and fun!
A few times every year, the VSPA releases a digital newspaper, with reports of activities that took place at the VSPA. Besides, the newspaper describes different developments inside the VSPA, there’s columns and interviews with members (maybe you will be interviewed once!) and teachers. The Redaccie consists of people who like writing bits for the newspaper and who find it fun to partake to lots of VSPA-activities. Does it sound fun to write or interview people? Then be sure to sign up to the Redaccie!
This is the newest VSPA committee! The Podcast Committee is going to record podcasts with a psychological flavour. The content is entirely up to the committee, and that is why they’ll be busy with mostly hosting the show or finding new interesting content or people to interview. You’ll also be working with the technical side of editing and releasing a podcast.
The Inclusivity Committee is a new committee this year! This committee will strive to help the board with finding the best balance between Dutch and International students within the association. Because there are no international students in this year’s board, they need help getting insight into how their decisions will impact international students. The Inclusivitee will have two tasks this year. The first task will be to directly advise the board when making decisions and evaluate the VSPA’s events. The committee’s feedback and advice will be taken directly into account and discussed during the board’s weekly meetings. On top of that, the Inclusivitee will organise two events throughout the year. These events will be focused on meeting new people and bringing them together. Both Dutch and International students are welcome in this committee.
The Activity Committee provides three great activities in the year. The Activity Committee gets a lot of freedom in organizing events from A to Z. Last year, for example, members could enjoy a cocktail workshop, an evening stand-up comedy, and disco bowling.
The borrel is a nice place to meet your fellow students while enjoying a drink and to see each other outside study hours. Twice a month a borrel is organized by the VSPA on Wednesday or Thursday evening in the Heeren van Aemstel behind the Rembrandtplein. They take place in the evening and often take different forms. For example, the Borrelcie is free to organize themed borrels. Examples include the Halloween Borrel, the Buddy Borrel and the BBQ Borrel. De Borrelcie uses its creativity and comes up with the best themes!
Two times a year, the Party Committee organizes big VSPA parties in Amsterdam. These parties are not only attended by psychology students, but are also appreciated by students from other studies. A selection of many successful parties: ‘Full Moon Party’ in the Up, ‘VSPAqua’ in Chicago Social Club, and ‘Silent Disco t’ in the Hush. The tasks of committee members include booking the locations, arranging the best DJs, coming up with themes.
Every year, the VSPA organizes a gala. While you usually see your fellow students walking in their daily clothes at the university, you come to this gala in your most beautiful suit/dress. The evening starts with a reception at a beautiful location and is then continued with a big party until the late/early hours. This beloved event obviously needs some organization: arranging a location, catering and DJs is of great importance.
This year for the first time, the VSPA organizes a road trip! As a committee, you decide on the locations, and you arrange places to sleep and any other fun activities you might come op with. The participants arrange their own cars that can fit their group, and everybody sees each other at the location for a fun weekend away!
The Talent Committee is the most talented committee of the VSPA. Twice a year they organize a talentshow, where every VSPA member can show their talents, from singing, to bellydancing and from juggling to slam poetry, everything is possible! The committee finds a great location and organizes a great night!
Ski Trip Committee
One of the two big trips the VSPA organizes is the ski trip. A week full of ski-ing, snowboarding, throwing snowballs, cheesfondue and drinking Jägermeisters with your wool hat and ski goggles on in aprés-skibars: the skitrip is always a great success! As committemember of the Ski Trip Committee you are responsible for organising a wonderful week by for instance plotting activities for during the skitrip, designing the poster, look for sponsors for the trip and pick the location and arrange the stay. The goal of the trip is that it is accesible for experienced skiers and for people who have never seen snow in their life.
De Sport Committee is THE committee for all sports enthusiasts. The Sport Committee organizes two major events during the year, that are all related to sport. At the end of the year, they organize a soccer tournament. Last year, for example, members could participate in an afternoon of climbing, and a special trampoline experience in Bounz. Next year two afternoons/evenings can be filled by this committee! Make your creative sporting brain work and think with others what these activities will look like!
The Trip Committee is the committee that is responsible for organizing a weekend trip to a nice foreign city at the beginning of the academic year. The goal is to have a short and cheap weekend early in the year to a city where fun activities can be enjoyed. This weekend away is the most low-threshold way to make nice contacts on a trip. Ideal for first-year students, who have been present in large numbers over the years. Apart from the stay, the Tripcie is engaged in arranging transport and activities at the destination itself. The Trip Committee is put together during the year to arrange the trip of the coming year.
Sometimes experiencing culture and art is for students a bit too big of a step and for making it more accessable the Culture Committee is established. This committee will be busy yearround by arranging four different cultural happenings, like a museumvisit, a comedy club evening or a theater night. What is a better way to experience art and culture than with your fellow students for a student price? In short this committee is perfect if you like art and culture and want to share that with your fellow students.
Are you socially conscious? Do you want to organize events where you give back to the community? Then join the Awareness Committee! In this committee, you will organize events where you can go and do volunteer activities together with people from the VSPA! For example, you can go clean up trash together, go and help at a retirement home, or make dinner for the homeless. The committee will mostly be busy with finding volunteer work to do.