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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Journey Takes Us

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
-John Steinbeck 
I love planning and deciding where I should go, what I should do, how things will unfold. Unfortunately, the outcome is always something I never expected completely. Thinking back to all the things I've done over the years, this has always been something that has been consistent.

Local Committee President for AIESEC Kwantlen

I wanted to develop myself. I wanted to do this through experience because you can't learn leadership from just reading books. Its the reason I dived straight into AIESEC the moment the opportunity came a long for myself. I expected it to be challenging and for it to be a one year involvement where I would have a successor to pass the leadership mantle to afterwards. Ultimately, I never expected the outcomes that would come from it.

It would lead me to travelling more

I didn't expect I would get addicted to travelling. My trip to New York City with my friends became a defining life experience for me. The people I met, stories I heard and memories I made will be lasting me a lifetime and I've developed a craving for more of them ever since. As a result, I've caught the travel bug and every year I've been going and exploring new cities and plan to continue to do so.

It made me into a life long volunteer

I never expected I would volunteer as much as I do, even if I'm not paid for the work. Even after my experiences, I've found that I like volunteering and having projects to actively work on when ever I want to. It made me realize that volunteering is a great way to continue to try new things and develop skills that otherwise I wouldn't be able to.

It went from 1 year to a 3 year journey

AIESEC was 14.2% of my life by the time I passed my leadership role on to someone else at 21. This is something I joke about constantly but its true. It took up a significant part of my life to help build up AIESEC Kwantlen. As a result it is a big part of what made me who I am today. I never expected it to take have as big of an impact as it did and I continue to build my own businesses and organizations in the same way I built AIESEC Kwantlen for myself.

I was so new to AIESEC I event spelt it wrong in my journal !


By Stevie Vu

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