Exchange With AIESEC: Tracy Tran

In our eighth episode of #ExchangeWithAIESEC, we conducted an interview with our own AIESECer Tracy Tran, who just completed a three month Literacy and Cultural Understanding exchange. She retells her memorable, surprising- and sometimes emotional- journey as she worked as an English teacher throughout Vietnam.

Please enjoy the interview and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

 

Faces Of AIESEC: Julia

Hello readers!

We’re excited to kickstart our blog with a new installment within our Local Committee: Faces Of AIESEC. What exactly do you do in AIESEC? What is it like being a member? Is it true that you’re actually a cult? 

We often get a lot of questions about going on exchange, but there’s still some mystery behind the scenes with AIESEC members. Fortunately, the experienced Julia Tse will be demystifying these common questions whilst also putting her own unique experience into perspective.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I am the VP of Marketing and Communications at AIESEC SFU. I am a crazy dog person and I hate rain because I love the summer and all that it comes with!

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What do you typically do in AIESEC?

I typically do most of the managing and delegating tasks, I make sure everything’s running smoothly and I need to always make sure the members are getting a good experience too. I also look after the logistic side of things like sending emails and I help manage the general AIESEC email as well. As the VP I also have to make sure to be up to date in every aspect of the our marketing, this includes the social media, the daily boothing and also the training for all members of AIESEC SFU.

Tell us about an interesting experience you had in AIESEC

An interesting and memorable experience I had was going to my first conference, WRC 2014. It was a great intro to AIESEC because I learnt most of my AIESEC knowledge from that conference and it is known as one of the most spirited conferences in Canada. I also had the amazing opportunity to meet people from all over Canada, and I am still in contact with a lot of them to this day!

Why did you join AIESEC?

I initially joined to get more leadership experience but I became a lot more passionate about the organization after being a member for a while. After I joined and learned more about AIESEC from the WRC conference, I really started to identify with the values of AIESEC as it matched my own values as well. It shaped me as a person and gave me many new experiences I would never have had otherwise. Since I joined in my first year, it also gave me something to believe in, I don’t know what I would be doing in university without this organization, I would probably be quite a loser!  In other words, it has given me something to look forward to each week, as it is now an organization made up of some of my best friends.

What are some misconceptions people have of AIESEC?

Some misconceptions are that because we’re a non profit and student run, we’re not very professional and we’re just a party club. However, because we’re a student run club, we actually feel a lot more responsibility and ownership towards what we do. For example, the recruitment process is very intense with 2 interviews and an assessment centre, everyone who’s here knows why they’re here because of the intense selection process they have to go through. People may also mistake us for being exclusive when in actuality everyone just works together a lot so we have a tight knit culture. Ultimately, we all share the same values which is why we’re all here in this organization, and why we are all good friends.

How would you describe your AIESEC experience in 3 words

Hectic, rewarding, family.

Who do you look up to in the organization? What does that person do?

Our local committee president, because he chose to take on such a heavy role and he is only a year older than me. It is also his 3rd year in AIESEC, so he has sacrificed a lot of his free time to do this volunteer work, and he’s become very good at it. He is also very easy to talk to and I believe that is a very important trait as a leader, therefore everyone respects him. Although he nags a bit sometimes, it shows that he really cares about this organization and he also shows the kind of passion everyone should have in AIESEC.

Why do you continue to stay in AIESEC?

People say that since you don’t get paid and you don’t have to commit, but I believe it’s for greater good. If I had quit because I didn’t get paid, I wouldn’t have gotten a director position or VP either. This organization has given me some incredible experiences, therefore I want to give back and do the same for future members as well. I want to become a part of someone else’s inspiration.

Any last words?

Everything stopping you from doing something different is an excuse, if you really wanted to do something out of your comfort zone or if you want to be a part of something bigger during your university career or even your lifetime, don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you ultimately want.

 

 

 

Considering working for the Government?

Have you ever thought of working for the government? Would you like to take this opportunity to network with representatives from the government? SFU Career Services and the Arts and Social Sciences Co-op is co-hosting a signature event called, What Can I Do In Government? on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. Session one starts at 12:30pm. Session 2 starts at 2:30pm. For more information, please check out Symplicity at http://www.sfu.ca/wil/symplicity/ (SFU students only).

At this event, you will be able to connect with representatives working in the federal, provincial, and municipal public service. This event will be a Philosopher Cafe’s approach where students are encouraged to ask questions about the career and the working life in the government. You will also get the chance to interact with different table hosts  and peers because you will be moving from table to table at the event during the session.

Who knows, this might be a great networking opportunity where you can find your career path!

Exchange: Getting Your Foot Wet

Interested in going on an exchange but have no idea where to start? This was something I’ve been thinking for awhile now and while I’m not yet ready to actually go off to a foreign country by myself, I realized that I can take some small steps to get closer to making it a reality rather than just thinking about it. One way to get exposed to a variety of cultures without leaving the country is to get involved with the SFU International Mentorship Program.

By becoming a mentor, you get paired up with 3 to 4 international students for a semester. It’s a great way to find out more about another country by hearing firsthand accounts from your mentees and getting the real scoop! Don’t forget about the social events such as biking at Stanley Park or the evening potlucks for some ethnic home cooking! Yum! For more information click here.

SEO

At a Netsquared event I attended recently (http://www.netsquared.org/blog/claire-sale/netsquared-camp-vancouver-event-recap) one of the more interesting sessions they had was on SEO. What is SEO? Well it stands for Search Engine Optimization, and behind it are the guiding principles to getting your site as high as possible on the list of search engine’s results pages. In this article I’m going to briefly touch on some the elements discussed. Even if you don’t have your own website, this article will give you an idea if the things to consider if ever want to design one.

1. Create unique, accurate page titles

The  <title> tag within your html code should contain relevant information about your site. It’s important because the information placed here will often be the first line of your results as they show up on Google. In turn, this information decides whether users will click on your site in the list of search results. Three important points to remember for this are to: (1) accurately describe the pages content, (2) create unique title tags for each page, and to (3) use brief but descriptive titles.

2. Make use of the “description” meta tag

The meta tag may not be as big of a role in getting a high Google rank as it once did, but it’s still important. The meta tag in your html code gives search engines a summary of what your page is about. The description should generally be longer than that of your <title> tag – perhaps a few sentences. There is a good chance that search engines will use this description as the description of your site in their search results.

3. Improve the structure of your URLs

Be sure to use descriptive words in your site’s url and sub url’s instead of generic terms or numbers. For example, use http://www.mysite.com/article-about-blueberries instead of http://www.mysite.com/page2 or http://www.mysite.com/349873298. This will not only keep your site more organized, but also allow search engine bots to crawl your site more effectively.

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Video: Southeast Asia

Check out this Promo video for AIESEC Southeast Asia! (Referred by our very own Ellen Law, who just came back from Indonesia!)

Facebook Video: Click here!

If you’re interested in going on exchange through our Global Internship Program, come to our Club Day booth this Tuesday and Wednesday in Convocation Mall.

Also, we have Information Sessions:

Mon Sept 20 – 11:30am WMX 2533

Mon Sept 20 – 3:30pm AQ5020

Tues Sept 21 – 12:30pm WMX 2533

Tues Sept 21 – 3:30pm AQ5048

Wed Sept 22 – 2:30pm WMX 2533

And our “GIP with the VP!” which will be primarily focussed on the Global Internship Program!

Fri Sept 24 – 2:30pm MBC 2290

General Assembly: OPS

Don’t miss out on AIESEC SFU’s biweekly General Assembly.

Outgoing Exchange (OGX) will be hosting!

This GA session is going to be an Outgoing Preparation Seminar (OPS) for our 2 Exchange Particpiants, who are going to India!

Come out to meet our interns and learn a little more about our Global Internship Program!

There will be food! (But only if you fill out this little survey.)

When: Wednesday July 21
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Where: MBC 2290