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table of content About us: The Media Team
EYP: Connecting People
What EYP brings to us: From Academics to People
From me to you and to us
A story of an EYPer
Interview with the President of the Session
Tell us a secret about yourself
Officials of Donostia RSC 2017
about us: the media team Vardges Shahmenendyan (AM) - Editor Patricia Azevedo (CH) - Journalist Camille Bertholet (CH) - Journalist Basia van Vliet (NL) - Journalist Lara Nissim (ES) - Journalist
Teamwork divides the task and the success.
Dear reader, I am pleased to present the issue of Donostia RSC 2017 created by the Media Team of the session to you. My team and I have been working hard to ensure a memorable event for all of you. Under the common topic of â€œthe EYP: Connecting Peopleâ€?, my journalists and I have prepared a series of articles about the impact the EYP has had on us when we made our first steps in the organisation. We think that you are about to start a great journey, and hopefully these articles will make you reflect on the session and get a better understanding of the EYP. It is our hope that this issue will help you find out a bit more about the various participants of the session. We have also created an infographic about the officials with a focus on their travels, to show you how big the EYP network is. I hope this will motivate you even more to engage in the organisation and share the EYP spirit. Vardges Shahmenendyan Editor of Donostia RSC 2017
CONNECTING PEOPLE What EYP brings to us: From Academics to People By Patricia Azevedo
hen we started our journey within EYP we all thought that it would only be debates and exchange of political opinions. In fact, EYP brings us not only skills on politics and international institutions. It is so much more than just academics. As it is an organisation with a big focus on academics, people tend to think that it is only about politics and debates. When we think of â€œEYPâ€?, we think about a serious and academic organisation permitting young people to share their opinions in our worldâ€™s situation. Obviously EYP is about debating and political situations within the EU. Participating in a session permits us to learn more about a specific topic and develop our way of thinking. We reflect on solutions that could actually make a change in our society and we try to figure out a way to implement them. Being a member of this organisation also permits us to gain personal skills in politics, develop our public speaking competences and learn more about European issues. Then what is EYP about if not only politics ? Whenever I talk about EYP I try to explain how much it changed my life, not only in my way of seeing the world, but also in my personal life. Indeed it is the kind of adventure that can be a life-changing one. Being part of this organisation means being part of
a big family that understands and accepts each and every single one of its members. I believe that EYP exists and keeps growing each year even more thanks to its participants and that mix of cultures and backgrounds coming together. Ultimately, this permits self development of every person being part of a session. We have the chance to exchange our opinions and ideas with people coming from all over Europe. It is an opportunity to discover new countries and learn from their experience. Indeed, as this organisation is present in 40 different countries, it allows us to travel and thus meet new people and discover various cultures, languages and traditions. Moreover, EYP also gives us an opportunity to gain confidence in ourselves. We gain public speaking skills and learn how to defend our own ideas, also in EYP we develop skills in leadership and team management. Finally, All this different aspects of the EYP permits us to build who we are and to learn a little more about ourselves at every single session as we intend to challenge ourselves every time even more.
Academics do not make the EYP, people are the ones who make the EYP.
From me to you and to us By Lara Nissim
e all have heard of the saying ‘there is no ‘I’ in team’, this reminds us of the importance that working as a team has when trying to reach a common goal. Yet, this phrase could not be further from the truth. There actually is an “I” in every team, and that is the collection of “Individuals” who come together and who are the essential part of the group; without them, there would be no team. Following the premise that teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success, it is crucial that each member of the team displays the best version of himself/ herself. According to a widespread theory in EYP that tries to explain interpersonal relations, “people need people” in the sense that the better we feel about ourselves, the more we are able to perform well in a team. However, this is not always that easy. We have to consider that when delegates arrive to the session they are individuals with different backgrounds who have never met each other, thus this inner fear is likely present.
At EYP sessions delegates are involved in team building activities, which are meant to bring them from an initial stage of shyness to a comfortable, open atmosphere that is optimal for efficient team performance during committee work. As silly as these games may seem, team building is crucial as it guarantees that students will feet at ease when sharing their own ideas and opposing views, making it easier to establish a fruitful debate and agree to a solution to a European issue together. Departing from the point that our performance evolves from the core of our being, the best way of reaching results when working in a team is thus by controlling our self-concept, driving fear out of it and welcoming others to be themselves. In this process, which takes place within few days, delegates learn how to put their differences aside for the benefit of the team and the project they are working on. As a consequence, we can affirm that EYP experiences go beyond the idea of young people coming together in
Teamwork is the
fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
a parliamentary setting. Behind this academic aspect there is a whole process of individuals connecting with each other not only to come up with a shared resolution, but also to build strong human bonds. All in all, EYP gives young people the chance to learn about the dynamics of debating about European issues, but most importantly it gives delegates the confidence to be themselves, improve cooperation and acquire team-working skills, which are very much needed in our daily lives. Therefore, a final reminder from me to you is to never forget that teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results, because at the end of the day, that is what EYP is all about: common youngsters attaining uncommon outcomes.
A story of an eyper By Camille Bertholet
am not what you could call an EYP veteran; in fact, I barely have one year experience in EYP. But in less than a year, I can see how much EYP impacted me and how much I look forward to every session I attend. I was not always this enthusiastic so let me resume to you my first session : March 2016, Bern, by a freezing morning. We are approximately 40 young delegates, standing there in the cold, and suddenly we are asked to jump, sing, dance and hug strangers. It felt awkward, but it was very convivial this far. I thought about this friend who introduced me the EYP world by saying it was very hard but fascinating, and could not see the hard part of it. That was before the committee work, when we started working on our resolution and then debated during the General Assembly. I found it hard and challenging to open up myself to both my fellow delegates and my chair, and in fact, I thought I would not even try. That was my first dive in the EYP world. When the time came for me and my fellow EYPer classmates to sign up for the National Selection Conference, I refused. I was scared to speak in front of even more people than at the Regional Session and this fear took over me. However, I found the courage to take up the challenge and attended this session, shortly after which, I had all the confidence to go abroad and tell my story to the others. Not only did I keep meeting amazing people but I also improved my creative skills and learned how to properly use a camera. I am now proud to say that my fear of speaking in public has decreased as EYP taught me to believe in myself and in the ideas I am defending. All the friends I have made from all over Europe are a big part of my life and I am always looking forward to meeting them at various EYP events. My first chair has became, believe me or not, one of my best friends. No matter how hard the first time may seem to you, people will make the EYP a treasure that will be too precious not to be shared.
INTERVIEW WITH THE PRESIDENT OF DONOSTIA RSC 2017 ARMINE KHAMOYAN -What was your 1st EYP session? My first ever EYP event was actually exactly 3 years ago this time, it was a business simulation organised by EYP Armenia called EYP BuS (fun name) in my hometown of Yerevan, Armenia. -Describe how you felt during this first session in 3 words. Busy, excited, inspired -EYP aims to develope skills, confidence and friendship. How did this apply to you? As funny as it might sound due to the fact how often I have to do it, I don’t actually like public speaking, but EYP definitely pushed me miles outside my comfort zone there and taught me how challenging myself in any area, be it public speaking or other, will bring on a positive change not only for me but also for the people who are listening to me at that moment. This then of course leads to feeling more confident and spreading confidence to the people around you. As to friendships, EYP is the place I’ve managed to find people who have become the closest to my heart, people who make me laugh and inspire me at the same time, people who have the same exact sense of humour as me, people who are a part of me far beyond our shared EYP experiences now. -What would you say are the three things you improved the most? My knowledge of the issues that we deal around Europe and the world, the understanding of the wonderful particularities of the cultures we each carry, and how to discover the unique traits of people around me -What makes your EYP journey unique/particular? I’ve had an unbelievable journey in EYP, probably the times it has made me laugh and cry and the times it has made me cry from laughter are what makes it the most unique.
In EYP you have been
given a chance to change. -How does EYP affect your everyday life ? Has it had an impact on your future? I have a little bit of a different approach to people now, I look at everyone with a sense of wanting to discover them, which is definitely an effect left by EYP. -Have you met people who still have a great impact on your life? Absolutely! Very important people came into my life thanks to EYP that stayed in my life for the years to come and I’m sure will be a part of my life well after my EYP days are gone. -Would you say that EYP changed you? EYP not so much changed me but more enhanced who I am. It allowed me to be more of a me, to do the things that I love and find people who are as passionate about those things as I am. -What was your last session? Well my very latest session is fresh in the works, Donostia RSC of EYP Spain. And it’s AMAZING! -Describe how you felt during this last session in 3 words. Excited, hard-at-work, happy.
EXPRESSIONS By Lara Nissim
“How do you feel when you think back on yourself as a delegate?” Armine Khamoyan (President)
“What are your thoughts on the President of the Session (Armine)?” Andong Hu (Vice-president)
“How would you describe your experience in Donostia 2017?” Montserrat Padilla (Organiser)
“What is your opinion about Brexit?” José Asencor (Delegate)
“What is your reaction when you hear the Basque language?” Carlota Cumella (Jury)
“How would you imitate Donald Trump?” Arthur Würsten (Chairperson)
“What are your thoughts on the Jury Team? Gloria Murguia (Delegate)
“How would you express PED? Aritz Labrador (Head Organiser)
“If you could be an animal, which one would you be?” Camille Bertholet (Journalist)
Tell us a secret About yourself By Patricia Azevedo
“Though I am originally Basque (and proud) I wouldn’t mind to be considered a Catalan.” Aritz Labrador (Head Organiser)
“I am actually very anxious about public speaking.” Armine Khamoyan (President)
“I tend to forget people I already met in EYP sessions.” Iker Bengoetxea (Chair)
“The song “My hips don’t lie” drives me crazy.” Matthias Masini (Jury)
OFFICIALS OF DONOSTIA RSC 2017 By Basia van Vliet