What is it like to be an AIESECer? Check out the comments from AIESECers below to find out!
Year Two, Bachelor of Law
AIESEC taught me the exquisite beauty of trying. That is, the ability to appreciate oneself.
I was once a very enthusiastic girl. I often responded to teachers’ questions, asked questions voluntarily and behaved well at school. It was until I overheard my classmates’ conversation, describing me as a goody-two-shoes, that I restrained myself from being a proactive student. I started keeping my thoughts to myself and being extremely cautious of my actions because I was worried about what people would think or comment if they saw what was really going on.
People in AIESEC taught me that in order to make the best out of something, you have to be your best version first. Looking back, I noticed that I cared too much about how people judge me, I feared that people would challenge what I said and, I would rather follow the majority, thereby self-rejecting myself. The very supportive environment of AIESEC motivates people to speak up, take initiative and step out of our comfort zones. It is so encouraging and empowering that I am now willing to break barriers to my discomfort. I am grateful for my AIESEC friends who facilitated that inclusive environment to try new things. I have never regretted joining AIESEC.
Year Two, Bachelor of Business Administration
AIESEC is like a choose-your-own-story book, constantly introducing new characters and new storylines.
My story began as a freshman who felt lost and out-of-place, not knowing where to find and make friends. With AIESEC’s interconnected and global network of people, it’s amazing to see all the friendships I’ve made in less than 12 months. Coming from HKU; HKUST; CUHK; CityU; PolyU; HKBU; and LingnanU, as well as many more from Singapore; Taiwan; Japan; Australia; and Mexico, the care, support and guidance which these people have given me is truly special.
My story continues with various opportunities for me to interact with different stakeholders and handle different responsibilities. From organizing events to managing company partnerships, the amalgamation of practical skills that I have gained is enough to last a lifetime.
It’s impossible to imagine how my university life can be as diverse and eye-opening otherwise.
What will your story look like?
Year Two, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development
It has been an integral part of my learning experience and I couldn’t imagine my freshman year without it.
I always thought that my foremost intention to join AIESEC was to expand my network in university. Having studied overseas for a few years, I in particular want to maintain a social group made up of people of different nationalities. Living in diversity to me is not just about being present with international students, but also to get to know and work collaboratively. That wish of mine has certainly been fulfilled. Not any other moment in university do I feel as much that we are in one of the most international universities than when I was in AIESEC. One year after, for sure I still treasure the people I connected with and the stories I heard from them.
But what is hardest to let go from this experience is the opportunities to try out different roles in an organization. From the daily operation to job shadowing to organizing conferences, there is an abundance of chances to discover the skills that I need to work on and those that I can leverage on.