On November 5th, AIESEC SFU held LCP elections for the Executive Board 2011-12 and I was the only candidate for this position. So this my view of how the elections went!
The application itself was very difficult. The current LCP, Colleen Wong, made the application more difficult. It took me about 2 weeks to fill out. There was so much I wanted to say and I wanted to be very clear in my application for people to read. Unfortunately, that made it really long. It did prep me for my speech in advance and got me thinking about what I wanted to accomplish during my term.
I think the day of the elections, I was super stressed and nervous. Knowing I was the only candidate did not help because I was aware that the Q&A would solely be targeted towards me. Colleen decided to make it a little more stressful with this lovely video:
Going on an AIESEC internship is not the only way to gain international experience and expand your network. You can also go to the conferences outside Canada! Did you know there are over 470 AIESEC conferences held every year all around the world?
I started my AIESEC experience with facilitating a youth conference in Malaysia during my internship in 2009. It was very inspiring to meet and work with AIESECers from different countries. Also this conference made me see and experience the international aspect of AIESEC as the “world’s largest student-run organization”. This year I also went to another international conference in Korea and experienced the same thing all over again!
So you might ask, how can I attend these conferences? Read on to find out!
So, the thought of writing about my internship experience has been sitting on my mind for the longest time. The idea to write for the Peak (SFU’s student newspaper) came out in one of the Communications portfolio meeting during the summer, but I knew I wanted to write some kind of reflection for my own sake as well. For the whole summer, I tried to write something but wasn’t very successful. There was just too much to write and words got stuck at my fingertips.
I ended up going to another international conference called Innovasia and met more AIESECers in other countries. Another awesome AIESEC experience! That’s probably when I realized I should really force myself to write something and let more people know about it.
Photo courtesy to Alex Juy
It feels so strange to see something I wrote in printed version, but very exciting! If you are wondering how I got really cool international experience through AIESEC, pick up a copy of the Peak on campus (p.12-13) or you can read the online version of the article here! 🙂
So I just arrived home (almost a month ago) from NOGX West- a conference filled with rainbows, the Backstreet Boys, Transformers, guns, sheriff badges and plenty of high level strategic-triangle (strat-tri) discussions. And while it turned out to be a fun and truly valuable learning experience I have to admit I was more than ready to give up and come home before I even got to the hotel!
In about two days the facilitators (faci) managed to squeeze in 17 jam packed sessions with a bit of Exchange and Leadership (X+LR), some Communications (COMM) love, Canadian Cooperation, plenty of best case portfolio and LC practices sharing time, some practical skills for setting up partnerships, suggestions for structural adjustments and of course plenty of dancing (in fact we believe we must have set a record for the Canadian conference with the most dances– we exhausted the repertoires of all 13 delegates, 2 facis and 3 OC members)!
If you don’t know me, I’m a photography nut, and stumbled across this article about becoming a photographer. Well how does that relate to AIESEC or the real world you ask? It’s all about entrepreneurship: starting your own business and making it happen no matter what it is.
This article summed up 8 things that a photographer might not necessarily learn in class, and from my experience, you can apply 6 of these rules towards AIESEC, as well as, for your professional and personal development
6. Building a System –
When you start something, it’s better to plan everything all out and go from there. You will save time and also prepare yourself of what’s to come. Sometimes you’ll be faced with things that you can’t prevent, but those are just challenges to make your system even better the next time around! We’re constantly planning things in AIESEC, so why not make a system, reuse it, but make it even better the next time around!
5. Getting Past the Fear –
This is something that I definitely learned outside of class through my part-time employment and/or AIESEC. However, if fear is holding you back, especially the fear of failure, you really shouldn’t let it. If you don’t succeed, then take it as a learning experience, and just keep trying until you get better. Personally, I like to formulate a plan and then execute it, even during stressful situations, I formulate a base plan, and go with the flow. Simulation was one of those things that the Executive Board wanted to share with the members. It got you to do things because of the time constraint and forget about your fears momentarily.
Thank you for those of you who made it out to last week’s General Assembly (GA), hosted by the Outgoing Exchange (OGX) Team! I know some of you even made the effort to welcome our two EPs, Cliff and Shawn, to the AIESEC SFU family.