I’m young. Good context to start off. Just over 21 with a lot of craziness oozing out.
You’re young too. If you are not young or a really cool old person, you wouldn’t be reading this. What does being young mean to you?
To me it means being crazy, passionate, ambitious, outlandish and extremely optimistic. In the peak of all these I came across something that let me be all this. Mind you I was in a college that claimed to be one of the best in the country. You aren’t let be crazy there.
Coming back to something I came across as a rash, immature and stuck-up teenager – some well kept secret called AIESEC. Something that changes the lives of 13,000 young people every year. Something that boasts of extremely successful alumni across every sphere of life. Something that seemed like a cult – with a constant inner drive for progress. [These are in retrospect - I was never wise enough to have this power of judgement when 17 ]. I dived into this, head first and soon was “Vice President”, “President”, leading people being younger than them, managing budgets, travelling the country all of that. In the 3 plus years I’ve probably interacted with over 3000 young people from all parts of this very big country and globe, learnt things about myself and my environment in the most unlikely situations; discovered and lived in one of the best cities in the world – Mumbai; learnt how businesses function; IMPLEMENTED such learnings; things no other 18-21 year old could have done (any claims against this are free to debate and discussion).
But these things are just superficial facts about this organization. I challenge you to find a place as democratic, forward thinking and ambitious where a 18 year old can do things 30 year olds only dream of. I Challenge you to find a better way to see, experience and meet the world at this age. I challenge you to find a better way to know yourself and what you are good at and love doing. It’s good I have put the facts in front of you. I’m sure those of you who have experienced what I’m talking about have a smile on your face.
I’m not patronizing flattering or preaching. If you know me well enough, you’d understand.
Today I have an opportunity to define the future of a few thousand youth. I have an opportunity to CHANGE a few things we have always talked about: Something called President of AIESEC India. This opportunity has made me positive about what I have done and learnt. There can be no better time to share this with you. I wish an AIESEC for you too. If not the organization itself, a chance to do similar things that taught me my lessons early in life.
Thanks for reading.