How To See the Best Version of Yourself

How To See the Best Version of Yourself

What has been your favorite AIESEC moment thus far?

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to facilitate a national conference, which was an incredible experience. I learned so much about myself and what I was capable of accomplishing, and I had the opportunity to see AIESEC in the United States on a different level. Being able to see the national plenary, a group of over 300 young people with the desire to change the world, was a humbling and powerful experience.

In which Leadership Development Model quality have you grown the most?

I have definitely become more self-aware. The Leadership Development Model that AIESEC provides has helped me identify my strengths and focus on those over my weaknesses, which has allowed me to see the best version of myself. I love the confidence and strength AIESEC has given me, I feel like I understand myself and my mark on the world with a clearer vision, and I credit that entirely to this organization. Through the leadership positions AIESEC has offered me, along with the hard and soft skills training I have received, I have been able to develop myself as a more empathetic, ambitious person with a focus on what I want and how I want to get there. I can only attribute this self-discovery to AIESEC.

AIESEC believes that in order to be an effective leader, you must encompass the four qualities of the Leadership Development Model. Do these describe your leadership style? Do you feel particularly connected to any of these?
Have you been abroad?

I went on a Global Citizen exchange to Malaysia two years ago through AIESEC. It was an amazing experience; I learned not only how to travel by myself, but also was exposed to a variety of issues that I was not aware of. I got a glimpse into a community that completely shaped my world view, and it was undoubtedly one of the best parts of my AIESEC experience. I became more open-minded, more willing to learn, and I met some of the most remarkable people I know. My exchange will forever hold a special place in my heart.

What do you want to do in the future?

After graduation, I wish to be on the national staff for AIESEC in the United States because I’ve been given so much by this organization and I want to give more back. In general, I want to go into non-profit management, and AIESEC is the perfect organization to give me the exposure to non-profits, while also providing me the leadership development I need to solve social problems. I want to be a change maker in the world; I want to be a catalyst for fixing the issues I see in the world around me, which I’m doing right now with my time in AIESEC.

Is there anything else you’d like people to know about AIESEC?

AIESEC has been a life-changing experience for me. I would recommend any young person with a desire to see changes in the world they live in to engage with AIESEC in some capacity. It will change your life if you allow it to do so.

Originally posted January 2016

Reema Paranjpe

Reema is a fourth year at the University of Georgia studying sociology. She's involved in IMPACT and the Outgoing Exchange function at AIESEC UGA. Reema also really likes her two best friends Perry and Zack.