ESN on tour: CEP conference in Pécs

From the 27th until the 30th of October, 2016, the Central European Platform (shortly „CEP“) took place in Pécs, Hungary. 30 people from Austria (see picture) participated in this platform, amongst them also me, Peter Alexander Eftimov, from ESN Technikum Wien. It was a really nice weekend full of plenaries, workshops and discussions and of course social programs. ESN countries which were involved were Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland and Lithuania. When it comes to ESN, the most important part besides helping students is to enjoy what you are doing because it keeps your motivation high. And if you are good at what you do, then you of course also enjoy it.

This is one of the reasons why these platforms exist: They offer different kinds of topics to work on in workshops where you can also give input and receive feedback from other sections from different countries, showing their points of view. With these diverse insights, you can create even more ideas and have a broad horizon and by that also improve what you have been doing so far. I learned a lot when it comes to conflict management, how ESN can boost your career if you place it correctly in your CV as well as present what you do in a proper way in front of others. It is awesome to have people around you who are just as open minded as you are. “ESNers” are the most extroverted people out there because they know how important it is to be open in order to get to know new people and also to open new doors you might never have thought about. Since I am working at the ESN Technikum Wien section, I have met a ton of new friends and was able to establish friendships which will hopefully last a lifetime.

The whole CEP conference was an amazing experience and made me realize that Hungary is not just Budapest, but instead has a lot more to offer, even in the smaller cities such as Pécs. The new insights I got from the workshops will also help me improve my teamwork regarding the organization of events – I’ll be in charge of the Austrian Ski event in March 2017 – and also the communication between our ESN Technikum Wien team. I’m glad I was able to experience this journey and can recommend it to anyone who is still in doubt about joining ESN or becoming a buddy for an incoming student – do it, you will love it. And if you don’t like it, you can quit at any time, as it’s a voluntary work and we don’t want to force anyone to do something that he or she doesn’t want to. But you can gain so much that you won’t want to stop anyway. So come join us, we’re waiting for you!

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