AIESEC, being so complex, cannot be summed up in only a few words. Everyone that AIESEC has given me the privilege to interact with has a very unique story to share. Each one has its own set of highs and lows, its own happy and sad bits. However, they all highlight one particular characteristic that has come to be associated with AIESEC, the ability to provide its members with a truly life changing experience. It unites us, even if it has given us a cult-like reputation! This article is a small glimpse into my experience with AIESEC. I don’t think it’s such an amazing story, but it’s one that changed my life.
I joined AIESEC in 2009 to go on exchange. As a university student in my first year, all I wanted was a cheap way to travel and see the world, if that came with a resume booster than I didn’t mind signing on the dotted line. What I found myself doing instead was completely different. I started as a recruitment/HR specialist for an expansion that our university was working on. Soon I found myself leading a team of dedicated individuals and enjoying myself in the process. I then became the Vice President of the HR department. The bigger title came with a lot more challenges and pressure, which has given me the ability to deal with anything in life. And finally my last position with AIESEC Toronto was the Local Committee President. That one-year really shaped my worldview, the way I perceive others, and myself. The role of a President is much like a leader who is also an entrepreneur – trying everyday to motivate individuals to create a positive impact in the world.
But that’s not all! My AIESEC journey also led me to Taiwan on a community development internship. My job description was to create learning plans for students and introduce them to Canadian culture. It was the best time I had in my life. I can never forget all the experiences I had, the people I met, the food I ate and sights I saw. As a young person what more can you ask for? I don’t know what heaven looks like, but my internship came pretty close to it. With colleagues that are now my friends for life and experiences that I can guarantee no other graduate from my class can boast to be a part of.
AIESEC has been the biggest and greatest surprise of my life. I never got what I expected, but I love the tangent it directed me on. Currently, I am in Mauritius working for AIESEC on the national level. After this, I don’t even know where I will be, but I know it will be somewhere spectacular, adventurous, exciting, and full of numerous new experiences that I am ready to explore!
‘Adventure seeker’, ‘Globetrotter’, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Citizen of the World’- initially these were some words that came to my mind when I thought about AIESEC, but 3 years with this organization has given me some new words few of which are – ‘leadership’, ‘courage’, ‘lifelong memories’, ‘friends for life’, ‘personality makeover’, ‘mentors’ and ‘dance moves’. I accidentally stumbled upon AIESEC, but if you are lucky enough to be introduced to it, don’t even think twice and just do it! What awaits you will be something incredible I guarantee it!