My name is Tina. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a semester of US foreign policy and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Psychology. I am currently working as a Consultant for BDO.
I joined AIESEC in August 2014 while doing my master’s degree. My friend Elife who was in the board of AIESEC in BI approached me. She told me about the organisation and how they develop leadership in young people by sending them abroad. I thought the idea of that was really cool. I also thought it was a great way to gain some practical experience while studying.
I started my AIESEC experience as an EP manager, I was responsible for guiding and supporting people through their exchange process. The following spring I was the President of the Organising Committee for Break the Border, an event hosted by AIESEC in BI. In the summer of 2015 I took over as Local Committee President of AIESEC in BI. Today I am part of the National Support Team as the Alumni Manager.
My time in AIESEC has taught me so much. I learned a lot of practical things that I never learned in school as well as getting a chance to put what I actually had learned into practice. Now that I look back on my experience with some distance, I would say I had two main learning points. Firstly, AIESEC has a set of values and a cause that I believe in. That was such a huge motivational factor and it made me able to work for hours and hours. For me, it is essential to continue to have something in my life that makes me thrive the same way. When I have that, I am the better version of myself. Secondly I take away a leadership experience and an understanding of the complexity and necessity of leadership. Different people and different situations require different things of the leader. I learned the importance of being able to adapt, of seeing more than one of the story, having a global mindset and walk the walk. By doing so you are able to have other grow with you, which in my mind is a key characteristic of a good leader.
My best memory from AIESEC was all the people I got to meet. I met so many people with different backgrounds, stories and mindsets. I had so much fun, and I really got to challenge my own views and opinions. So many people coming together to work towards a bigger purpose is really special. This is also one of the main reasons why I am involved with the alumni network. I want to stay in touch with these people, and meet new interesting people. Your AIESEC experience does not end when your term does.
If you are passionate about making a difference in the world, and you believe that it is possible, AIESEC can provide a platform for you to do that. You have the opportunity to work together with a lot of interesting people while you get practical experience and a chance to put theory into practice. AIESEC gives you the chance to develop and thrive, often in other ways than you expect. If you want to do something more while studying, I warmly recommend AIESEC.
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