Friday, January 27, 2012

Because the people, who are crazy enough to think different, can change the world

As an AIESECer, I have realized that I'm part of something much bigger - an organization that represents the global youth voice! There is so much that we as youngsters can do using this platform.

Within 9 months of being part of this organization I have learnt so much! I've interacted with students, principals, corporate and made some really good friends too!! I can go on and on about what AIESEC has to offer. Be it Leadership opportunities, Exchange programs, Corporate and youth networking etc. But if I had to recommend it to you, it would be because of how much it has changed and impacted me. A year ago you would know me as a shy, quiet and not a very confident guy. From a Quiet person it has made me loud and vocal. It has given me opportunities time and time again to prove myself as an individual. I have seen change in me as a person, as a leader, as an orator in a span of 9 months. AIESEC gave me more than what my education gave me in one year. I feel ownership to what’s happening all over the world because this organization has taught me to be sensitive to such things. Yes, there have been highs and lows in my AIESEC journey but the culture, the people, the exposure and the diversity makes you fall in love with what you do. Another thing I have learnt until now through my AIESEC journey is that leadership is selfless challenging and lonely but an experience that stays with you forever. Through AIESEC I realized that most important thing is to make people around you happy, change the world around you, and create impact and to always look at the bigger picture.

AIESEC is that one organization that gives student the platform to experience how a business runs at a mere age of 18-19. The amount of opportunities that AIESEC has to offer young students, I doubt if there is any other organization that does the same. I believe that if every individual goes through an AIESEC experience, this world will be a different place, a better place.
I am a global Citizen. I’m an AIESECer.
While some may see them as the crazy, others genius. AIESECers are ones who see things differently. Because the people, who are crazy enough to think different, can change the world.

The writer is Bhargav Akhil Katikala, a student of JBIET, Hyderabad. He has been in AIESEC since February 2011, and is now on a Leadership Role, leading a team of 10 young individuals.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

An AIESECer speaks... calling out to the Youth

It was only in October that I got recruited by AIESEC, and this has so far, been the best 3 months of my life! AIESEC somehow, never fails to amaze me. Every meeting that I attend, all the work I do- there’s always so much to learn, to grow and change. Change for the better. The best.
I should be very honest, and I joined AIESEC for the reason that I was plain bored, and wanted something to do with life. Now, I realize, I couldn’t have taken a better decision. Organizing events, press conferences, meeting people, partnerships with the media. Work just couldn’t get better. Personally, I’ve found this clarity like never before. It’s helped me discover myself- my strengths, weaknesses,what I enjoy doing and what I dont. I hardly ever thought about my future plans before I came here. Now, I know exactly what I want to do. My mom would sure be indebted to AIESEC for that! I find this passion in me. A passion to achieve, to make it big, not just for myself, but for my entire organization.
The friends you make here, are going to stay friends for life. You get to build a very strong network. Not just your city, your state or country, but from all over the world! I’m sure you would never find such an amazing opportunity to make yourself heard.

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between man and the life he leads?”~ Albert Camus.

At AIESEC, I have found just that! This is an experience of a lifetime. And nobody, for any any reason should ever miss it! With all my heart, I can only say, AIESEC is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. :)

P.S. This is one hell of a chance. Grab it before it’s too late.
Yes! AIESEC is recruiting!

-The writer is a member of the Public & Media Relations Portfolio of AIESEC Hyderabad. She is currently pursuing her Journalism studies from Loyola College, Hyderabad.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A volunteer speaks!

A Volunteer speaks--
Balakalakaar 2011!
This new year’s eve was definitely special to me, very close to my heart. It’ll always make me proud that I was part-reason for a thousand smiles :)
At first, I was a little sceptical. I wondered how students, all of them around 18-20 years of age, could come up with, and organise such a huge event! Managing a thousand children coming from all over the city, arranging for their pickup and drop, packing art kits and food, and then distributing, making sure that no one’s deprived of anything. Not at all easy. But all the effort is worth it, when at the end of the day, you know that you made so many of them happy. And I’m sure nothing else in the world would’ve given me that much satisfaction.

I was happy that I was able to give them hope that there will be a morning when they can wake up and see that their dreams have finally come true, a day, when the world would be theirs!
I’m glad I chose to spend my new year volunteering for these kids. A most amazing start to my year! :)