I have to say I was a bit indifferent towards joining AIESEC at first. I had never even heard anything about the organization, so I didn’t really know what to expect.
I’m so glad I had a couple of friends inside already and listening to their stories really made me want to become a part of it too. Now I’ve been a member for almost a year and I can say this: During my long life of 24 years I’ve never before made such a vast number of acquaintances in such a short period of time. The rate at which one can expand their social network in AIESEC is, without even the slightest exaggeration, simply unbelievable. I’m actually a bit worried that at the current world’s population of only about 7 billion I’ll soon run out of people I haven’t met already!!
When it comes to connections I truly do believe they are one of the most important things in life. Our experience of the world depends on the actual structure of the networks in which we are residing and on all the kinds of things that flow through the network. It’s the ties between people that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. It’s the ties between people that make things happen and possible, whoever you are. Connections matter.
In addition to having opened the door to continuously making tons of friends with ridiculous ease, AIESEC has, above all, broadened my mind in how I look at things and the world in general. Having the chance to be a part of such a wonderful multicultural “family” has made me realize how similar we all really are, no matter how far we live from each other. Through active participation in AIESEC, I have learned to be committed, to take initiative and responsibility. Joining AIESEC was probably the best decision of my life.