Welcome to AIESEC

Selin Akay

Selin Akay

It’s been almost three years. Almost 1095 days that I completely feel every kind of emotion and don’t regret any of them. Just one organization may affect your life flow. Welcome to AIESEC.

Every person has own meaning in his life. And when you are becoming a university student you need to make this meaning more clear. It is like instinct. While you are growing up this instinct starts to poke you. Telling you that “You need to clarify me because I’m the one who can show you what you are going to do in your life” and asking questions as: “What do you want to do?”, “Who do you want to be?” or “And how are you going to do it?”. But we are as the rest of humankind, we don’t like too many questions, that’s why we want to find an immediate answer just to get rid of them. But just a small part of us is aware that we need to think deeply to answer these questions. Some of us are looking for help which is more practical. For me this help was AIESEC and it still is.

AIESEC in Turkey, Education and Motivation Congress

AIESEC in Turkey, Education and Motivation Congress

AIESEC helps to see a world where every young person has the opportunity to see and understand themselves in the world. With tens of thousands of opportunities in AIESEC network, you can discover and activate your potential. Transform yourself with life-changing experiences abroad that will redefine the way you see yourself, and the world.  Is it something that will help you to answer those questions, ha?

So from my part, I joined AIESEC when I started the university. In my first year I worked with disabled children teaching them English and we had 25 people from Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Georgia, Estonia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China. Yes, these people came to my country as volunteers to help disabled children, giving them a chance to know that there are people besides their doctors and parents that want to try to help them. For me it was a great experience. I didn’t just have friends from the world. I’ve understood that there are no boundaries between people. When you are together to work for one purpose you don’t care from which country you are, you just care about solidarity, cultural understanding, friendship. Nay those people also taught me that I can do whatever I want. If I want something so much I need to just go for it. I might have obstacles in my way, but it doesn’t mean I have to stop and I must always look forward. Because I know I can do that. I did once why I can’t do it again?

Celebrating birthday with my International Friends from project Break Up the Barriers

Celebrating birthday with my International Friends from project Break Up the Barriers

After this project I became a team leader. My job was to recruit people to AIESEC and tell them why we exist. What is our vision and how we’re trying to achieve it. I had a belief from my last experience so this whole Team Leader thing was just perfect job for me. However, it was also hard because you can’t expect from people to be excited like you are when they haven’t gone through the same experiences. Therefore, I had to be clear and use the way that they are able to understand why they should be the part of AIESEC. I started to tell them my story and was encouraging them to write their own stories. Thus, we can create more leadership stories in the world.

Now, I’m here in Kosice studying through the Erasmus program after 2 years in AIESEC as I wanted to be part of the other international organizations. But to be honest, after my first week here, I started to search if there is AIESEC. Because you can’t just end your AIESEC stories like that. It is not something you can just say goodbye to. So I decided to keep on with my AIESEC life. Because this is the place where I may find all my answers, this is the place where I can make a positive impact in the world. This is the place where I’ve found my own purpose in my life. I have become a reflection of my experience and I’ll reflect it to empower other people.

Selin, AIESEC Košice