Dajana, member of incoming global volunteering team in local committee Tallinn University
I was born in Estonia. All my life I lived in Estonia. My parents were born in Estonia. I have Estonian nationality. But when people ask me what is my ethnicity, I can´t answer to this question. Why? My mum is half Russian and half German. My dad has Russian, Ukrainian and Finnish background. My native language is Russian but I have German surname with 2 grammar mistakes (what makes it actually Jewish). So who I am? I don’t even know it by myself. I am totally multinational child and I am proud of being an example of so many cultures mixture.
Why I told you this now? I just know that absolutely all people in the world are different. Everybody is unique somehow. Even if you are one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian there is no another person who is one hundred percent Estonian or one hundred percent Russian having exactly same personality as you. I believe that everybody has own opinion, own dreams, own goals, own values, own culture etc. Somehow all these different people with different thoughts and ideas must live together on one planet. There is only one way to do it. We just don’t have another option as to accept each other, accept our differences.
I think that when you are able to do that you get from the world much more than before. This is the reason why I am a member of organisation AIESEC. AIESEC is full of different students from different cultures. What we would talk about with each other if we were all same? There is always something to research with AIESECers. Every day I get to know something new about my friends in AIESEC. I feel I am really open-minded and ready to communicate with any person. I am not scared of differences in people. It is even opposite with me. I love them. I know I am full of empathy and I want to share it with the whole world because I am against racism and any discrimination. I just wish everybody feels safe in our society. I know that I can´t change the world alone, only all together we can do it. Multiculturalism units AIESECers and it makes us strong. We are all different but we are one big family.
Now you have the chance to be part of AIESEC and develop yourself as well.
Link to join us:www.aiesec.ee/join-aiesec/