(Otherwise known as, “What else has been going on in my life as a secretary”)
Hello, everyone! I hope that you have managed to catch up on your sleep after the awesome affair that was the 65th IVSA Congress in Taiwan! Have I managed to do it, you ask? Well, my sleep is (mostly) intact, since I could not participate, unfortunately, and was stuck following the news and pictures on Facebook (and drooling over my keyboard at the beauty of them all).
How do I know it was awesome, you ask? You mean, besides the enthusiastic response on Facebook and to the pictures I saw? The demonstration lies within the question itself – ‘nough said. (Congratulations, IVSA Taiwan OC! Taiwan has been on my HAVE-TO-visit-no-matter-what list forever, so I will definitely come visit sometime!)
Since my last article, the schoolwork has piled (and piled…and piled…), and real life has mostly pulled me in all directions. Our local IVSA chapter has expanded in the recent months, as more people than expected became interested in our activities and plans for the future after following our Facebook pages (the aforementioned pictures from the 64th IVSA Symposium in Taiwan were of real importance in this case!). Thus, the work needed to coordinate everyone is more difficult and stressful (keep your friends close, and the ones with experience in leading large groups, even closer!).
Furthermore, I am planning on going with Erasmus+ next year, so there is the work related to putting the application together. But most importantly, we are reopening the applications for a new round of MAH Europe scholarships!
Since I started handling the scholarships for Sofie, the DAD, I continued reading some of the reports, and cross-checking the expenses of the students who finished their internships in the last few months. Now, we are getting ready for a new round of applications, so I will be working on putting the applications together, preparing the advertising materials, as well as getting involved in the selection process.
It will be a lot of responsibility, but I hope that everything will be alright (and that my absolute inability to organise my schedule will not get in the way… let’s have a word together, Efficiency!). For Sami, I have continued to bring to her attention one new student each month for the Bayer’s Student of the Month, and now we are trying to think of new ways of getting the news out to all chapters, so the nomination gathering can become easier.
I hope all of you are doing great, and that we will meet at the 65th IVSA Congress!
This is (horse lover!) minion Ana, over!