When a new semester starts in Mannheim, the recruting season starts for us. So there are always some dates to mark in the calendar. The Initiatives Market, the Welcome Reception for International Students and our Semester Kickoffs. These are all events that we use to introduce ourselves and our work to interested students – national or international.
At the Initiatives Market on August 29th in the Alte Lehrbuchammlung, where every initiative of the University of Mannheim introduces itself, we had a whole day to convince the new freshmen (mostly German students) to stop by our desk and not everyone else’s. To do so we brought maps, flags, info sheets and our valuable experience to win new members and invited them to our two Kickoffs on September 7th and 12th.
At the Welcome Reception, which took place on September 1st, the new international students received a lot of information about their studies at the University of Mannheim and about the city itself. As in previous years, AEGEE-Mannheim had the opportunity to take part in the event in order to introduce itself along with two other initiatives to the young international guests in Mannheim. With the help of a short presentation we explained what AEGEE is and what we do in Mannheim and throughout Europe.
At our Kickoffs we gave a presentation with a quick overview about AEGEE’s vision, mission and strategies and highlighted some of its bodies and projects like the Summer University Project or the Eastern Partnership Project. We showed a lot of pictures – a picture says more than a thousand words – and answered every question interested people asked us. Of course, we bribed them with sweets and salty snacks.
All in all, our recruiting events have been successful, because we gained some new members out of them.
Text: Yannick Haas