3 Years and Counting – An Inside Out Journey
If you just met me now, you wouldn’t have guessed that I was such a different person back then. I am always known as an ambitious person to achieve my goals – which still exactly made up who I am now – but the kind of ol’ me is different on what I pursue now. Back then I have never engaged with any kind of organizational work. This was merely because I didn’t really into teamwork and my mindset was all about having great academic report then in the future you can do pretty much all things by yourself.
It has always been like that, until on that day – as I remember it clearly – I was walking into a stand with a group of people with high pitch voice basically yelling and screaming to promote something which I couldn’t see clearly from afar. As I walked nearer, I began to see a lot of winter decorations with different nation’s flags. It turned out to be an AIESEC stand. They told me that they send people abroad; which is a very exciting opportunity for a freshman like me on that time. Then I decided to apply for the experience later on so they gave me the member form. I thought it was fine and I undergone the application process. Long story short, I got accepted.
After got accepted, the journey has been crazy. I was constantly challenged with things I have never done before and even previously I didn’t want to be involved into. During the beginning of my journey, I became one of the organizing committee (OC) of a big project involving foreign students to study about Indonesian culture; something that I never really learned before. Aside from teaching me to appreciate my own culture, this OC experience was the very first time I involved by volunteering myself to join a social project in which I had to work as a team. Because of the experience, I learned to turn down my ego, set team’s goals, learned and taking feedbacks from others and solving problems together as a team.
And it was not only that. After my first OC experience, I was chosen to be the OC President on a project to raise the awareness of the high risk of diabetes among Javanese local people that consume high level of sugar daily. It was a very difficult project to begin with, I have never been pointed as a leader of a project let alone I also have to involve foreign students. So there were a lot of things on my shoulder on that time. Fortunately, I got the best team I could ever ask for. With them, I discovered not only just a working team, but more than that, I found a family that can work and support you no matter what. For that, I am truly grateful. Despite all things that happened, they were never give up on me and the project. Even in the end of the project, our project awarded as Top 5 of the Most Impactful Project around the world from AIESEC International and GMAC. Hard work paid off, right?
I think all of the experiences I have been through in AIESEC have taught me the real meaning of the proverb :
” If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
As I look back, I realized young innocent Elory was so naïve for the world; she thought she can do everything by herself. Little did she know that the world is a big place for oneself; thus she needs others to go beyond everything. Little did she know that if she develops with people, she will gain a lot more than she could ever think of. But now I am grateful to be a part of AIESEC and currently on my term as a Vice President of Outgoing Global Talent in my LC to challenge myself more. I want to see in the end, how big impact that I could give during my higher role.
After all these years, AIESEC’s journey has made me to embrace on things that I want to do the most and actually make a path on turning that into reality. Leadership skills and voluntary social community experiences that I gained through AIESEC has made me achieved a lot of things and opportunities that I couldn’t even imagine before. Several experiences including visiting Thailand and Japan both to represent Indonesia in worldwide events also to be awarded with a prestigious grant from Cargill – worldwide companies and one of the top 10 companies originates from U.S.A. -, I must to say, were inseparable from the leadership abilities I acquired from AIESEC. So, yes, I am a proud member of AIESEC.
As a conclusion, it is indeed a journey that shaped your inner-self. I chose word ‘shaped’ because I don’t think I am ‘changed’ in AIESEC, but my journey here made me find my authentic-self and instead of turning it to something I am not, it helped me to mold myself in order to become better. During times, you will find your shape is getting improved and just like an overflowed cup, you’ll find yourself helping others completing their shape.
So, after all these amazing three years, I might be an alumni of AIESEC – but the journey still carries on. Because once you are an AIESECer, that means it’s your journey of a lifetime. Even right now, I am excited to expect every single strange encounter with people in any part of the world that might notice my blue sticker on the back of my laptop and say;