Humans of TU Delft: Roger Hak

Who are the people who study and work at TU Delft? We meet them in Humans of TU Delft. Roger Hak knew being chairman of the aerospace student society would be a big job. As he prepares to hand the job over to the next chair, he reflects on what the last year taught him.

Roger Hak: “I’ve also learned a lot about how you see yourself in a group.” (Photo: Heather Montague)

“Every September there is a new board so I’m just about to finish my board year. I’d been studying for three years and it’s been going quite well, but I wanted an extra challenge. I’ve always been involved in committees, and I really like the idea of organising something, working together with people, and the social interaction.

I decided to take the role of chairman because I thought I would learn a lot in the process. When you start you’re just surviving and then later you realise what you are actually capable of. There’s a whole learning process you go through which is amazing.

First of all, I know it sounds like a cliché, but the team is bigger than you alone. When I was a teenager I thought a chairman was like a commander, but of course that’s not the case. It’s really being part of a team and trying to create a safe working environment in which the whole team can flourish and where everyone can speak their minds.

I’ve also learned a lot about how you see yourself in a group and what effect you have on others and vice versa. On the board I’m working with six other highly intelligent, beautiful people for a lot of hours each week. You really need to cope with different characters and that can be challenging.

In these aspects, I have really gotten to know myself better. For me, a board year is not necessarily a success if everything was happy and nice. If you can admire the moments that it doesn’t go so well, that’s when you learn the most.”

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Heather Montague / Freelance writer

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