The Board

Meeting the Board

Cassandra Christianen- President
“Hi guys 😀 I’m Cassandra a fourth year OT student at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). One of my interest is traveling and I love the fact I can combine this with OT. The international perspective really makes me curious and excited about all of you. This started when I attended my first mobility week in Sweden. It was just amazing to see so many OT students from different countries. I love to interact with other students and share thoughts about OT.
Besides my passion for OT and traveling I like to read, this also helps me to relax for a moment when I am stressed. Usually I read thrillers or detectives but from time to time I like to educate myself as well, so I read also books about psychology, neurology and non-fiction about mental diseases.
I am proud to be your president and hope together we can let the SPOT community grow.
p.s. meet my lovely dog Spot ;)”

Natalie Pickering – Vice President
“Hi, I’m Natalie, I’m a second year OT student at the University of Worcester in the UK.  I’m excited to be part of SPOT to share new perspectives and opportunities for us as students! I have been on 2 Erasmus placements in the past and believe in the benefits of internationalisation to promote our profession! I have an interest in the Arts and anything creative, especially if its combined with improving wellbeing 🙂 We are on the lookout for different stories and news of student activities from anywhere in the world! Please get in touch if you would like to write a guest blog or share some of your experiences to represent the diversity of our profession 🙂 Look forward to hearing from you!”

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is SCHLINQUER_Emma-1038x1038-1024x1024.png Emma Schlinquer – Outreach Coordinator
“Hi I’m Emma from France 🙂
I’m a 3rd year OT student in Lille (A city in Northern France on the boarder with Belgium) and SPOT’s Outreach Coordinator! I love to read, to dance and to listen to music. Coming from a bi-cultural family (French-American) and having the travel bug myself, I’ve always been curious about discovering new cultures and meeting new people! Through my position at SPOT, I can combine a field that I am passionate about (OT) and making connections with people from all over which I love! I am therefore very excited to be involved in expanding SPOT’s network! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you want to learn more about SPOT and mini SPOTs… and perhaps get involved as well! ;)”

Vanessa Röck- Student Board Member ENOTHE
“Hi everyone! 😊 My name is Vanessa, I’m from Tyrol/Austria and currently in the first year of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Already during my Bachelor studies at the Health University of Applied Sciences Tyrol my passion for internationalization got ignited and I’ve tried to use every possibility. Through that I got inspired by students all over the world and now I’m really happy to represent you within ENOTHE as student board member. I truly believe in the value of a good collaboration between students and lecturers and will try to do my best that your voices will be heard! 😊 So please feel free to contact me ( and I look forward to hearing from you.”

Emma Rodrigues – Social Media Lead
“Hi there 😀 My name is Emma, I am from England and study at the University of Derby! I am so passionate about connection amongst students and creating strong support networks! I am hoping with my role as the Social Media lead for SPOT, I can use social media as a platform for us to connect, support and inspire each other! Feel free to contact me any time if you have anything you want us to share – I love to hear what everyone is up to across the globe! Look forward to interacting with you – Emma xxx”

Hello everyone, I’m Emmanouela (or Emma for short) from Greece 😀 I’m a second year OT student at the Metropolitan College in Marousi, Athens.  I first got in touch with the SPOT during the annual ENOTHE conference in Greece which was being hosted by Metropolitan College. I had the chance and the honor to volunteer there and meet a lot of wonderful and interesting people that made me realize that I wanted to do more with Occupational Therapy than just study and pass my exams. Being able to volunteer there made me keen on internalization and especially communicating with students, just like me, from all around Europe that have unique stories to tell. I had never had a greater urge to be involved in something so creative than I do now, so please feel free to contact me and share your experiences and stories (or pretty much anything OT related) with me and I’ll share it on my behalf as the SPOT blogger!

I’m looking forward to talking with each and every one of you!

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