I became an AIESEC member thinking it would fill up some free time but the AIESEC membership experience ended up being so much more.
When I joined AIESEC over a year ago, I didn’t know that the organization would impact my life the way it has. At first, it was just a nice way to fill up some free time, but it ended up being so much more. From the get-go, I was guided through my experience and given the tools needed to fulfill my functional tasks. The instructions that I received ranged from practical skills like how to sell our projects, to more personal like tuning into people’s needs.
With the biweekly one-to-ones, the goals I set for myself with my Vice President are reviewed and discussed according to what I have, or haven’t, achieved. Because of this, I’m continuously challenged to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. I can already see the impact AIESEC has had on my life and will tell potential future employers about my time at AIESEC.Become an AIESEC member!
Besides these skills, another factor that makes AIESEC life-changing is the people. I did not expect to meet so many passionate young people and learn about their inspiring stories. They are all so friendly and open to talking to anyone. Even if you don’t know anyone, you will shortly find yourself talking to new faces! From small talks to deep conversations, we can discuss anything and get vulnerable with one another.
My Local Committee, Leiden, feels like my second family. The moment I enter the office, I’m greeted by lovely faces and warm hugs. They are always in my corner, cheering me on to be the best version of me but also pushing me to step out of my comfort zone. The people in AIESEC make it the special thing it is and without them, AIESEC would be a very different place.