The decisions we take in our life lead to good and bad experiences we face in life. Good experiences give us beautiful memories while bad experiences teach us lessons for life.

When thinking about the decisions I have taken in my life, joining AIESEC is one of the best decisions I have taken. My AIESEC journey started in the month of September 2021, in the Winter peak in AIESEC of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

It was a hard time period for all Sri Lankans because of the Covid-19 pandemic and we couldn’t experience university life as we expected. Since all the academic work was done using virtual platforms we had to sit in front of the laptop and stare at it all day. But joining AIESEC turned my boring life into an enjoyable one and it offered me so many opportunities to learn many things.

It was a hard time period for all Sri Lankans because of the Covid-19 pandemic and we couldn’t experience university life as we expected. Since all the academic work was done using virtual platforms we had to sit in front of the laptop and stare at it all day. But joining AIESEC turned my boring life into an enjoyable one and it offered me so many opportunities to learn many things.

Being an AIESECer is not an easy task. I’m glad that I could make it. The first task that was given to us was sending a video introducing ourselves. After completing that task, we were divided into groups and we had assessment centers. We had to play some fun games together as a team. It was a great opportunity for all of us to meet new friends and work together. After that, we had selection interviews. Those interviews were formal but very friendly and exciting at the same time.

Fortunately, I got selected from the selection interview and could become a member of this amazing organization. After the induction, we were divided into functions. I was very curious when I heard about these functions and abbreviations which are used in AIESEC and my desire to learn about AIESEC and its culture increased day by day. I became a member of the ICX – Matching and IR function and started my AIESEC journey as an IGT Matching panelist.

Even though I didn’t know anything about the matching process at the beginning, the matching training given by our managers and team leaders gave me a profound understanding of it. I could familiarize myself with the work very easily because of the support and guidance provided by them. As a matching panelist, my role was to check the applications we receive for different opportunities from the exchange participants, match them with the opportunities, communicate with potential exchange participants, and conduct initial interviews from the AIESEC side.

Being a matching panelist was an amazing experience for me because I was able to meet different people from various cultures all around the world. Communicating with them was a very nice experience and I could develop my presentation skills, communication skills, and self-confidence.

After being selected to AIESEC, I was fortunate enough to join my first project in AIESEC, which was WanderBee 2.0. The purpose of the project was to teach English to Sri Lankan kids with the participation of foreign and local volunteers. I was selected as one of the Organizing Committee Vice Presidents for delegates with two Co-OCVP s. We were responsible for the communication and coordination of foreign and local volunteers and kids. It was an unforgettable experience in my AIESEC journey. We could enjoy every moment of the project although we had to work hard. It was a 2 weeks project and all the hard work of our OC ultimately led to a very successful project. The guidance given by our Event Managers and mentors must be remembered. Project WanderBee OC is the place where I met amazing personalities who are very talented and very supportive. We were strangers at the beginning but now we all are like a family. Even though we had many hardships during the project, we could overcome all those difficulties together. This project helped me to learn many new things. Most importantly, I could find my hidden talents because of this project.

At the beginning of the Summer Peak this year, I applied for the Team Leader position in IGT matching. It was a privilege for me to get selected as Team Leader and it gave me an opportunity to learn a set of new skills including managing and leading a team. I am lucky enough to work with a very talented leadership crew who are hard-working and supportive individuals. We are working together as a team with the aim of achieving our functional goals.

Another excellent decision taken by me this year was to apply for Jayawardenepura Showcasing Team which is a back office in AIESEC in USJ. Being selected as a member of the Creative Media team in JST, offered me a precious opportunity to improve my creativity and writing skills.

I learned so many things throughout my short journey in AIESEC. It taught me how to face challenges as well as how to enjoy life while working hard. AIESEC is the place where I found out my full potential and it could raise the leader inside me. I’m very grateful for the amazing personalities I met in AIESEC for making my AIESEC experience a memorable one.

So, why wait for more? Join AIESEC and develop yourselves while making beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.

by Agraja Sandasarani 
Jayawardhanapura Showcasing Team .
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