I just arrived in San Francisco. I am at the opening meeting of the International Education Exchange Council. The IEEC is the largest San Francisco State University student organisation with over 1700 members and 70 officers each semester.
They ask us to sign up for a role in the organisation. I am looking at positions that give me the chance to meet a lot of people and discover the city at the same time. There I see the position of the social events committee chair.
“So what is it going to be?” Noah Kuchin, head of the IEEC, asks me.
My heart suddenly started beating fast. This would be my first big leadership position, I think by myself. Me in charge… Leading a group of people I did not know yet. Expected to organise multiple events every week for the biggest organisation at SFSU.
I signed up to be the committee chair before I knew it. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
On the first event we organised, I walked through the crowd of 200 students. I got taps on the shoulder and people were congratulating me. It was a big hit.
In the next couple of meetings with my committee I had already forgotten what I was nervous for… the team was enthusiastic and it was a lot of fun.
After a semester of organising events at different venues throughout the city, I felt like a local. Being the committee chair made me connect with people in the organisation.
I learned that everything is better with a purpose.
My airplane back to Amsterdam is taking off… I look out the window and enjoy the clear view over San Francisco. I think by myself, this really was the best way to discover the city.
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