Friday, March 25

AIESEC, the way to enrich youth

Being a young person is a challenge. Achieving educational goals, mining the way to the future, enjoying life while balancing the rest are massive challenges faced by young people. 
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This golden era of life can be framed just to win these goals or to win them in an extraordinary way and AIESEC supports the latter. For any person there are hidden strengths and weaknesses. 

AIESEC gives space to excavate them. AIESEC is like an oasis for a young person who is frustrated in the desert of strict rules and systems exist in the society. Any person should be allowed to do things in their own way where it provides freedom to make mistakes. In that way one can identify and minimize their weaknesses, improve their strengths while encountering the responsibility. It gives you wings to unleash the forces within yourself to fight for betterment of others as well as for oneself. Every little AIESEC thing carries more meaning than it is seen from outside. From leading an AIESEC jive to leading a member committee carries lot of opportunities to develop one’s personality and to help develop others’. 

Doing a jive does not mean only practicing a dancing move or entertaining the moment. It represents the unity and fellowship of AIESECers. AIESEC provides different opportunities to develop one self. Team playing as an AIESECer promotes experiential learning of how to cope with people from different backgrounds and how to manage challenging situations with them. 
Team leading as an AIESECer engraves the talent to manage different people skills for the benefit and success of the team while giving the opportunity to unleash the people- person within oneself. AIESEC develops courage to stand against the weak person within oneself to walk out from the comfort zone to embrace the challenges around. It molds a young person from a team member to a leader who leads youth in the whole world while inspiring others and enhancing their potentials through its activities. 

AIESECer is a facilitator who could see best in people around them and who is willing to handle any kind of situation with any type of person. Exchange opportunities in AIESEC provide the platform to meet young people from different countries. It provides exposure to different cultures which promotes mutual understanding among different nations. 

There are situations within AIESEC where two AIESECers from two countries are working in the same team while their mother countries declare war terms. This is the AIESEC way of changing the attitude of people through experience to lead the world towards peace which is one of the ultimate goals of AIESEC vision. 

Internship opportunities from AIESEC give global experience in cooperate world where one can have life changing experiences. AIESEC makes every AIESECer feel special in their own way so that they can soar to their heights pushing their limits. With its unlimited opportunities it leads to self-development and to pursue selfactualization. 
Eventually by being an AIESECer a young person can attain important values such as self-aware, ability to empower others, being a global citizen and being solution-oriented. 
But only a passionate AIESECer will realize that AIESEC cannot not give us anything unless we try to embrace its opportunities.

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Darika Sellahewa
Faculty of Engineering
University of Moratuwa

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