table of contents 3 Editorial Letter 4 European Horror Story: Asylum 5 Unity In Separation 6 Free The Enslaved 7 Happily Never After 8 #AreWeAllReallyCharlie? 9 made in china 10-11 One on one with Ms. President The Dark Knights of The Session 12-13 14-15 Flight of the Editors 16-17 Why is the tennis ball fuzzy? Hopes and Fears of an EYP Newcomer 18 19 Assassin: the game
editorial letter Dear readers, You are now reading Back to School â€“ the first issue prepared by the Liaison. Whenever you feel exhausted from the endless debates during the committee work or whenever you begin questioning the reasoning behind coming to the session and sacrificing so much of your free time, go over our issue as we want these next few pages to be a reminder of why you applied to an EYP session in the first place. We wanted to keep in mind that this will be the first EYP experience for the vast majority of you and thus, we decided to name the first issue Back to School as nothing would mirror beginning of the said journey more than the 1st of September â€“ the day we still associate with the first day of school. Back to School aims to spark discussions and serve as an additional source of knowledge for you as it covers every session-related topics. Last but definitely not the least, we are using this publication to help you get to know the Officials in a better way while also paying a warm tribute to everyone who made this session possible. Have a happy reading session! With lovely wishes, Your Editors.
zurab giorgobiani mariam demetrashvili ana iosebidze elene ambidze
giorgi gugenishvili mate dvalishvili
ana roinishvili teona sekhniashvili
ani bukia sandro beraia
European Horror Story: Asylum American Horror Story: Asylum tells the story of a psychiatric hospital where patients’ conditions worsen from day to day leaving them scarred for rest of their lives and where nobody is interested in patients’ backgrounds, how horrid the conditions in the hospital are or how the treatment provided in the asylum affects their health. It is devastating even just to think that there could be parallels drawn between unaccompanied minor migrants’ modern problems in 2015 and a fictional psychiatric hospital from the 1960s. In 2014, there were 12,685 asylum applications by minors without a legal guardian across the European Union and this number might even increase in the future due to the number of conflicts in the Middle East. A greater number of unaccompanied children are irregularly crossing EU border, most of whom have faced human trafficking, war and slavery prior to arriving at the borders. Assumption that they have reached a safe haven is crushed with reality when they are either deported or held up at the refugee centers for months without ever getting to see their parents or legal guardians. A scandalous case in the European Court of Human Rights discussed the story of a five-year-old named Tabitha who was detained in the Transit Center after arriving at the Brussels airport for not possessing the necessary documents to enter Belgium. Unaccompanied by her parents, she was held in an adult-intended center for two months with no counseling or educational assistance. Although authorities had been placed in a position to take care of Tabitha, her detention demonstrated a truly inhumane treatment as they had failed to ensure even minimal living conditions for the child. “The reception centers for unaccompanied minors are meant to be temporary and transit structures, in reality unaccompanied minors turn remaining too long in such inadequate centers. Children wait indefinitely for long-term solutions, and this represents an additional trauma to the one they already suffered during their journey” said Lilian Pizzi, Terre des Hommes project coordinator in Syracuse. Same level of danger is faced by the unregistered irregularly migrating minors as their rights can easily be violated without anyone being aware of it. Thus, they often become targets of sexual harassment and victims of human trade or forced labour. Moreso, a number of sea accidents caused by recklessness of the border monitors have resulted in death of numerous children. Even if they safely enter the borders of the EU with their legal companions, they are still being constantly ostracised for being an economic burden in increasingly anti-immigrant societies. Every patient of the said horror show feels scars left by their experience years after their stay in the hospital with the majority of them having slipped into insanity at the end of their lives. These children resemble the healthy patients from the American Horror Story hospital who are hopelessly striving for normal lives despite being stamped wwby force for the rest of their lives.
Unity In Separation As an old Georgian fable goes, a dying father asks his sons to bring him an arrow and demonstrates how easily a single one can be broken and yet how unyielding the arrows become once put together. This old story, though it may seem banal and insignificant due to being extremely overused, perfectly exemplifies how strength lies in unity and cooperation. This statement has become the core and founding idea behind the formation of the European Union – the union, which since its establishment in 1993 has been fully based on a simple principle of equal partners working in collaboration and sharing similar aims and values. The Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union generated more enthusiasm for the EU’s international identity and led to the idea of creating Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) aimed at strengthening the EU’s external ability to act. However, the expansion of the EU to 28 Member States, including several from the former Soviet Bloc, made decision-making concerning foreign affairs much more difficult. Therefore, the CFSP has become one of the most controversial areas of EU activity and keeps facing challenges daily, most important of which is forming and maintaining consensus on policies among its sovereign Member States. The European Union has faced the diversity of Member States’ views in regard to the couple specific international affairs. The split among EU countries over the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 highlighted the need of developing a common strategic vision that would be capable of enhancing internal cohesion in the EU. In order to tackle the problem, Member States tasked the then High Representative to draft such a strategy and thus, the European Security Strategy (ESS) was created. Titled A Secure Europe in a Better World, the ESS promoted the idea of cooperation between Member States and called attention to the necessity of taking joint actions towards global challenges and security threats, especially those within its borders. Furthermore, it prioritised building security in the EU’s neighbouring regions as one of the main objectives of the Union. Despite numerous attempts to boost the level of collaboration and partnership, critics still argue that the EU can’t manage to have a decent impact on global issues. This can be partially attributed to the fact that even though the CFSP is a common EU policy, the way common European strategies operate still leaves the member states the chance to have an absolutely different internal policy. As a result, individual states have maintained distinct national foreign policies, whether this is about specific regional interests, global issues or special relationships with other powers. In brief, there is a constant struggle between maintaining sovereignty and being united for a greater power because of the diverse and conflicting ideas of the Member States. Moreover, the further question arises, is it even possible for 28 countries to endlessly agree upon everything? As the conclusion of the CFSP states, all afore-mentioned challenges can also become opportunities for the EU to become more active and more capable in the pursuit of a safer, more unified world. However, the latest developments at the European Union’s eastern borders, concretely in Ukraine, prove that those opportunities are yet to be taken. As for this one more failure of Member States to effectively cooperate and come up with a single vision, it loudly calls for the necessity to further rethink the European Union’s foreign policy and amend the CFSP to sustain coherency in the foreign affairs-related stance and actions of the EU.
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Free The Enslaved Thrown into the trunk of a car. Branded with a pimp’s name carved into her thigh. Forced to provide sexual services for countless men. This is the dominant image of modern sex trade’s victims on a continent considered an epitome of freedom and equality. Whenever we come across the term slavery, we automatically associate it with an institution that ended over two hundred years ago. However, as statistics evince, the estimated number of slaves today reaches around 21 million people which is 10 million more than the victims of the African slave trade meaning that there are more slaves today than at any point in human history. Modern slavery is more commonly referred to as human trafficking which, while seemingly different from the African slave trade, still operates on the same principle of a forced labour with no pay. Moreover, vast majority of victims are female forming more than 98% and thus, human trafficking can undoubtedly be considered a gender-based issue. One of the ways policy makers have attempted to improve current crisis is eradicating prostitution as a whole, not just the trafficking of women into the sex trade. Under the catchphrase “no demand, no supply,” they promote increasing criminal penalties against men who buy sex — a move they believe will upend the market that fuels prostitution and sex trafficking. They are convinced on the idea that all prostitution is exploitative. The problem is that the “end demand” campaign will harm trafficking victims and sex workers rather than helping them. The so-called “victim-centered” approaches have done nothing but indirectly hurt women, leaving them more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation because they have criminal records limiting their access to housing and sustainable jobs.
This specific strategy also leads to more pressure on sex workers from pimps and traffickers. A pimp isn’t simply going to understand the fact that a new law has been implemented. Counter-trafficking experts are expecting that this change will cause drastic increase in the working hours of sex slaves since the number of clients are going to drop dramatically. However, it has to be understood that the law enforcement is only one part of the solution. The roots of human trafficking lie in the low social-economic background forcing women to leave their homes in order to financially support their families and themselves.
Solutions like ending demand for prostitution are not the answer as they are overly simplistic and do not tackle the core issues of the problem. On the other hand, satisfying the demand for basic social services, creating more shelters, job opportunities, building a responsive law-enforcement system and overcoming the corruption within governmental institutions might do the job. 6
Happily Never After Leslie Steiner does not look like your typical domestic violence survivor. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and a prestigious job in marketing. She has been married for almost 20 years to her second husband and they have three kids together. Leslie’s secret was that she had the gun loaded with hollow-point bullets pointed at her head by the man who she was assured was her prince. Her first husband - the man she loved threatened to kill her on a daily basis.
Thus, the first message to take from the said story is that violence is not exclusive to a specific group of people and it happens to everyone. The second message is that you are mistaken in thinking that Leslie was exceptional and alone in this occurrence because the truth is that only one in three women report physical or sexual abuse in the countries of European Union only.
As reported by the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, violence against women is one of the least reported crimes. Only 14% of women reported their most serious incident of partner violence to the police, while a similar percentage (13%) reported their most serious incident of non-partner violence. Surprisingly, the worst part of the whole issue is not the percentages, but rather the fact that the only reason we are able to access all this information is because the surveys were anonymous. The issue that is disturbing to the very bone of every human being is still regarded as shameful and jarring, especially to the victims. The lack of comprehensive data makes it difficult for the Member States and research institutions to tackle the problem, since most women do not report violence and do not feel encouraged to do so by supposedly supportive governments. Thus, the official criminal justice data only keep records of those few cases that are reported resulting in a lack of comprehensive evidence which is vital in addressing the violence against women. While some Member States and research institutions have undertaken surveys and other research on the issue, there’s no existing structure for comparable data. Having said that the majority of victims are scared of sharing the horrors of violence against women, fortunately there are still women like Leslie, who are able to end their affair with tragedy by breaking silence and helping others do likewise.
Every human has the power to end the violence simply by shining a spotlight on it. Victims should not be ashamed for what they went through. In passive “Mary was battered by George” - we shift our focus in one sentence from George to Mary, and you can see that George is very close to the end of the sentence, close enough to drop off the map of our psychic plain. Instead, we should state “George battered Mary”. A very straightforward basic English sentence that delivers the message with the exact emphasis it should be made with. The easy exercise mentioned above shows the core of the problem - the way we are used to perceiving gender-related violence. Many choose the bystander approach thinking that all the legal amendments will be enough protect women from violence. As a result, we create a peer culture climate where the abusive behavior is considered as a private business of the couple rather than a crime against the well-being of the society.
#AreWeAllReallyCharlie? ‘’I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’’ – Voltaire.
In a world following Voltaire’s words the disagreements would arise but everyone would always respect the diversity of stances as one can’t and should not expect every living soul to be in accordance with their ideas at all times. However, we live in a world where the ISIS beheads journalists on a weekly basis, where newspapers are shut down for refusing to abide to the government propaganda and where a press team gets massacred for publishing a cartoon. Ten journalists and two policemen were killed on January 7th by two gunmen who attacked the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. The assailants were quickly identified as French-born Muslim Jihadists of Algerian descent who had once attempted to join Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria prior to the attack.
In the aftermath of the tragedy millions of citizens around the world gathered in the streets to express solidarity towards the victims while emphasising the needs to defend freedom of speech and freedom of press. Moreover, terms “Je suis Charlie’’ (I am Charlie) and “We are all Charlie’’ started trending on the social media and became especially popular among youngsters. As nice as the sentiments behind the aforementioned slogans sound, the obvious question of whether we all really are Charlie or not begs to be asked and the answer is unfortunately negative.
First of all, even though social media is the best at putting light on current socio-political issues as it might be the only relevant source of news for the younger generation, the said trends die off rather easily as people forget about and get bored with even the most serious issues and the Charlie Hebdo incident will not be an exception. Thus, the first reason why we are not all Charlie is because soon we probably will not even want to be Charlie as we will all have forgotten about the tragedy. Second of all, the fact that Charlie Hebdo criticises all religions and not just Islam, puts many of us off, especially the islamophobes. Mulsims and their portrayal in western media has been a subject of controversy for a long time now. While it is rather obvious that they have a more violent history than your next religion and that a number of crimes are fairly associated with extremist followers of their beliefs, Muslim extremists are not the only violent religious group in the world. For instance, two French members of the Jewish defence league were convicted for placing a bomb under the car of anti-Zionist journalist. Moreover, in our very own Georgia there have been a number of violent attacks initiated by extremist orthodox Christians with the incident of May 17th being one of them. Thus, we are not all Charlie because we are selective while Charlie did not discriminate. Finally, the main reason why we are not Charlie is that we are too scared to be it. Political correctness and self-censorship are becoming so intervened with our lives that we are never allowing ourselves to actually ensue freedom of speech – a value we are so keen on protecting. To sum it all up, we will never be Charlie but we can at least try to support the ones who are ready to die in the name of freedom of expression and if making a new hashtag trend or changing a profile picture in the name of solidarity is all we can do for now, then so be it .
Today vast majority of popular products have a famous label - Made in China. Despite a common stereotype that China-made products are extremely cheap and low in quality, some of the most sought out items, such as iPhones, Androids, Converse footwear, Ralph Lauren clothing, trace their way back to China. The reason why so many manufacturers decide to produce their products in China is related to two magic words – cheap labour. According to the recent news, China is undergoing an unprecedented economic development that both fascinates and concerns the world’s top economies. The said Asian country is not only number one country in exports but it has also managed to become the second richest country as projected by GDP. In addition, the EU is its biggest trading partner trading well over $1 billion a day which brings us to a an interesting dilemma considering that the EU not only wants to benefit from the economic relations with China, but it also strives to ensure that its partner respects the rights of the workers and ensures their rights to intellectual property. According to the UN Human Rights report the workers producing majority of the good “are underpaid, unsafe and neglected”. Having overcome the violent regime of Mao Zedung decades ago, the rights of Chinese are still scarcely improving. Being partially responsible for China’s economic upheaval, the EU considers itself obliged to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in this large region of Asia which is the only way EU can both keep an important trading partner and live up to its international responsibility of protecting human rights. In one of its attempts to help out the Chinese workers, the EU held another round of EU-China dialogue on Human rights with a particular focus on the rights of minorities, freedom of expression, and labour rights in December 2014. While experts approve of the stance EU has towards the current situation, however they agree that “simple dialogues might not be the most effective way to make fundamental changes.” To conclude, Chinese workers are in need of immediate help and being an indispensable trading partner, the EU can have a great impact on Chinese labour rights by establishing adequate work standards, controlling proper remuneration of workers and ensuring their safety at work. Thus, the next time we buy a China-made product, we will know that it is made by people whose basic human rights are now being protected.
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One on one with Ms. Tua Malmberg - The President of the Tbilisi School Session 2015 started her EYP journey in January 2012, on the first Eastern Regional Session of EYP Sweden held in her high school which she nostalgically describes as “super fun and totally crazy experience”. Tua points out that at first she thought she had signed up for a debate competition. She remembers showing up with a sinus infection, taking medication with lots of drug in it and thus, feeling “groovy enough” until the moment she realised she would have to play some games before discussing the committee topic. Admitting she is too Swedish and thus, not a game person, Tua considers games to be the most challenging part of EYP.
When I ask her to name the most embarrassing game she has ever played, she names the kissing game without any hesitance. Little does she know that the said game is widely practiced throughout Georgia since it is part of a daily routine to casually kiss your friends on the cheek as a form of greeting. The President of the TSS’ 15 then kindly agrees to do a blitz interview, the point of which is to answer the estimated amount of questions in a fixed period of time. As you will see, her sense of humour and light approach results in a rather unconventional interview with a lot of giggles and positive energy. A: What is your favorite season in Stockholm? T: Spring... A: What is the best thing that happened to you this year? T: My birthday! A: What is the best thing that happened to you this month? T: Mmm... The session. A: What is the best thing that happened to you today? T: Oh, wow... Meeting my chairs’ group. A: How are you feeling now? T: Great. A: What is your happy place? T: My bed? A: Do you like surprises? T: No, I don’t... A: I still got one for you behind the door. Being a sneaky interviewer that I am, I asked Nako the organsier to join us for a bit.
N: I want to ask you for advice: should I save my money or should I spend it travelling? T: You should spend it travelling. A: Do you believe in free will or destiny? T: Destiny...A: One thing you can not live without? T: My sisters and my brother. A: What’s your idea of a perfect day? T: Sleep, do nothing, go to bed early. A: What song always makes you dance? T: *after several seconds of chuckling*I don’t feel comfortable saying that. A: Could you sing me a song, please? T: Not right now.
A: What do you like about Georgians? T: Their incredible hospitality. A: That one word you use too much... T: LIKE? A: A book that was a complete waste of your time? T: The Da Vinci Code, I think. A: On a scale 1-10, how happy are you about life? T: Ten! A: iPhone or Android? T: iPhone. A: Twitter or Instagram? T: Instagram. A: Who should everyone be following right now? T: Vogue magazine... A: What is the most beautiful thing in this room? T: You (I melt to death). A: What is your least favorite food? T: Tomato soup (scrunched her nose). A: Tacos or cake? T: Taco! A: When did you last experience love? T: Today...A: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? T: Pickle herring. A: What is the hardest part about being the session President? T: Constantly questioning every decision that I make *was questioning the given answer* A: Quote your favorite lyrics? T: “This is the first day of my life and I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you...” A: If your life was a song, what title would it have? T: Oh wow, this is such a difficult task, *chuckles mysteriously* but probably the song about my life would be called “Oh wow”...
h Ms. President A: What number question is this? T: *looks up confused* I have no clue.. A: Dogs or cats? T: Dogs A: Kitties or puppies? T: Kitties A: Whale watching or bird watching? T: Whale watching. A: What is your spirit animal? T: Cat. A: Last gift you have received? T: Money for taxi from my mom, to the airport. A: What is the last gift you gave to a friend? T: A ring. A: Person you want to have coffee with? T: My mom. A: Historical figure you’d like to have coffee with? T: Jane Austen. A: How do you like your coffee? T: Black... Like my soul. (smiles).
A: What is your favorite country to visit? T: I can’t answer that.. It’s too political. Every country of Europe! A: What is your favorite color? T: Black. A: Cookie or tacos? T: Tacos!!! A: The most frustrating moment of being EYP session President? T: Not being able to come up with good enough answers for these questions. A: Happiest moment in EYP? T: When I got accepted to this session. A: Where would you be without EYP? T: That is a difficult question... I actually believe in the destiny. I think that everything is predetermined but also I think that you end up eventually exactly where you’re supposed to be. Some people might think I am crazy. A: What do you feel extremely passionate about? T: Being able to contribute to the part of the organisation that is helping people to develop and evolve, especially watching newcomers go through the delegate experience for the first time, watching them obtain the skills and knowledge, coming to the session with one set of views and leaving experience having a whole new set of skills, that is something I feel very passionate about and exactly why I keep coming back to the organization. A: If you could give yourself an advice 5 years ago, what would it be? T: Take it easy, girl! A: Whatis the weirdest words in English? T: Mmm, mmm... Poppycock? A: (after laughing uncontrollably for a minute) Is this the weirdest interview you have ever had? T: Probably, yes...
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The Dark Knight Because they are the heroes EYP deserves, but not the ones it needs right now. So, we will hunt them because they can take it. Because they are not our heroes. They are silent guardians, watchful protectors. The dark knights of the session.
In The Dark Knight Batman faces a dilemma - he is forced to give up his reputation and recognition for his good deeds for the sake of Gotham, his hometown. Similarly to Bruce Wayne, the Head-Organisers Tamuna Tchipashvili and Mariam Kapanadze sacrifice sleep, energy and countless hours of their leisure time for a greater good in spite of hardly receiving any appreciation. In all truth, delegates often fail to realise the amount of work that has been put into each aspect of the session. To my surprise, our Head-Organisers didnâ€™t know each other before they both had been selected. Moreover, Tamuna and Mariam have very distinctive personalities from each other, one being more of a serious and focused type of person and the other having goofier and quirkier characteristics which they said was beginning to become an issue at first simply because they couldnâ€™t relate to each other a lot. However, the Head Organisers have successfully managed to put their differences aside and have turned out to be the perfect formula for creating both an academically solid and an entertaining session for both the officials and the delegates. They are also underlining this specific event as a turning point of their newly created friendship.
Mariam started out as an official in EYP in 2014 when she was an Organiser of Tbilisi School Session. Having a thrilling experience, she participated in several sessions during the year both as an Organiser and as a Journalist. As for Tamuna, her first time as an Organiser was back in 2013 when she participated in the Telavi Regional Session as an Organiser and quickly fell in love with this role due to her love of order. Head-organising the Tbilisi School Session 2015 was a challenge that both of them gladly accepted as they thought it was next logical step in their EYP career.
ts of The Session The dynamic duo also has future plans in EYP. They hope that through their hard work and devotion towards the organisation, they will be remembered as some of the most notable alumni of their generation. Both Tamuna and Mariam are also honourable members of the National Committee of EYP Georgia. During the next few years Mariam would like to fully focus on becoming an experienced journalist, but she is also considering chairing, however as her second preference. On the other hand, Tamuna as a member of the Fundraising Council plans to improve the financial situation of EYP Georgia and hopes to find reliable sponsors for the organisation. She also shows interest in becoming a journalist and possibly an editor. Naturally, the Head Organisers have dreams they would like to accomplish outside EYP as well. Surprisingly, despite their distinctive personalities, both Tamuna and Mariam have a common goal which is continuing their studies in the United States. After completing her first year of studies in the Georgian Medical University, Mariam decided that she does not fully understand what career she wants to pursue and therefore, is taking a gap year. However, she is using her free time productively by helping EYP Georgia grow both as a community and an organisation. As for Tamuna, she is currently studying in the Tbilisi State University on the faculty of law and as I have already mentioned, she would like to continue her education in an American university. It is obvious that the session is in tectors of the event seem to be have everything under fun and enjoyable delegates I am fully aware that not need any I still want to courage you to not even be reading for the
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Flight of t Before you start reading this, it’s essential to pause and go back a couple of hours. It’s the first day of the session and entering the teambuilding venue you see your peers, many new faces. Among these faces you see a guy with black curls, colourful socks and sparkly eyes. Yes, he is the one introduced as an Editor of the session, and yes, he is as fun and unpredictable as he seems. However he is also incredibly serious and sophisticated when it comes to work and attendance of the responsibilities. This is Zura Giorgobiani - the most experienced member of the Media Team.
Then you once again look around the hall full of EYPers, you can catch a glimpse of a tall guy wearing glasses and having a huge smile while discussing global issues like human rights, world trade, etc. His expressive eyes speak for the EYP spirit. You are lucky to have met Giorgi Gugenishvili - a very experienced EYPer, who has tried out almost all of the positions in EYP. Usually known for chairing, he will be the Editor of the session along with Zura for now. One can think of many things, when you look at these two but the first thing comig to my mind is the band Flight of the Conchords who they rexsemble a lot. Giorgi and Zura make a perfect team But what kind of a journalist would not dig a bit deeper and get them to answer the questions you are impatient to hear about. A: What is your biggest fear? Z: I have Gerantophobia- it’s the fear of getting old. A: What’s your worst characteristic? Z: Being lazy. Well, it’s the people that think it’s bad, not me. I love sleeping, I sleep like 12-14 hours a day. It’s too bad that we can’t sleep in EYP though, everyone would enjoy a sweet nap-time. A: Why do you keep participating in EYP? Z: The thing is that I’ve been to loads of EYP sessions both on national and on international level. As souvenirs, I buy magnets - you know the ones with a city landscape. I have like 30 magnets right now on my fridge, and I really want to fill the whole refrigerator. That’s the real reason I keep applying. A: What’s your favorite piece of clothing? Z: Socks. Especially the colorful ones. I have a few pairs with moustaches, deer, Christmas trees, and cactuses on them. A: How do you see yourself at the age of 30? Z: That’s the age when the “2” is replaced by “3” (gets weirdly depressed). Probably dead, maybe even by committing a suicide. A: I hope you are joking! What is your favorite EYP game? Z: Jellyfish! I just love it. A: What would you do if you were invisible for a day? Z: I don’t know if it sounds weird but I would walk around in my birthday suit (naked). A: That does sound weird! Super weird!
the Editors A: Who is the most evil Disney character? G: Scar from The Lion King. He is just so evil and scary and I hated him as a kid. A: Describe your perfect date? G: My perfect date would definitely involve taking the lady to the movies, having a nice romantic meal, and walking around for at least an hour, getting to know each other better ... A: That is one lucky lady! Do you consider yourself open-minded? G: I’m very open-minded. Actually being a chair in EYP taught me to respect others’ opinions despite how idiotic I think their ideas might sound. A: Which subject did you hate the most at school? G: Maths, or anything science-related. I was humanitarian-oriented from the beginning. That is actually the reason why I was and still am so against the current Georgian educational system. I never understood why I had to learn so many subjects I hated while trying to learn more interesting ones in my free time. A: Does the word “either” rhyme with tiger or beaver? G: Beaver! A: American accent for the win! Describe your style G: I’d hate labeling my clothing style but if I had to, I’d go with a classy hipster. I like neutral colors, patterns, retro clothes. I can’t stand the neon colours. A: What’s your all-time favorite poem, why? G: I’m going with a Georgian one - Nikoloz Baratashvili and his Thoughts at the River Kura. When I first read it, I was extremely surprised to see my thoughts and my perception of life being shared and written by someone else. And if it’s somewhat depressing, then so be it. A: What’s the capital of Madagascar? G: I have no idea. I’m going to take a shot here; Is it Madagascar? A: No, no, it’s not. How would you describe your co-editor in 2 words? G: At times seriously funny, at other times funnily serious. And sometimes just super-cranky. A: What is your biggest psychological fear? G: Being average in my profession, hobbies, interests, even personal relationships. But I usually manage to overcome it by excelling.
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Hopes and Fears of an EYP Newcomer Have you been checking your e-mail every 5 minutes after the interview? Did the hope of getting selected and the fear of failure escort you during those couple of days? There is absolutely no need for you to answer these questions as every EYPer has gone through a similar process and is more or less familiar with the feelings that you are currently experiencing. In fact, it is a beginning of your adventurous and daring journey as EYP is all about challenging yourself, regardless of how experienced you are. The topic of one’s hopes and fears is constantly accompanying EYP sessions and you might even get questioned about yours by your chairperson.
Obviously, each and every single participant of the session faces his or her own difficulties but there is a number of fears most of the delegates, especially newcomers, tend to share. One of which is the fear that you will not get along well with your committee members. In such case, try not to set your expectations too high and be prepared for the fact that you will not be liked by everyone. However, look around you and observe the officials who started out as complete strangers for each other just like you and bear in mind that it is EYP that turned them into a united team you see at this point. And then, as the time passes, you will start realising that you have become a significant part of this huge and welcoming family. As for the academic part of the session, a barrier which is essential for you to overcome and which you might face is the fear of not living up to the session’s academic standards. In order to overcome this fear, there can not be a better advice for you than working on yourself. Often, the delegates have a certain feeling of guilt if the resolution of their committee fails to pass. However, remember that it is your academic and personal growth together with the communications you gain what really matters, regardless of whether your resolution succeeds of not. And while you might think that the delegates, the ones Committee Work that comes with the be wrong. The normal and
In a way, hope is the and fear is its shadow. that sha dow with a hope. But Chaplin goes, “The failure is unimportant. fool of yourself”. Because in the end what platform than a failure? So, don’t be making a fool of yourself and never cide your fate or lead you to giving up brief, dream big and dare to fail, because all about.
most recognised and experienced who seem above confident during the or the GA, no longer experience the fear beginning of a new session, you would point is that having fears is absolutely even necessary to challenge oneself.
reality we wish to see in the future, The difficult part is overcoming as a famous quote of Charlie It takes courage to make a can be a better learning afraid of daring or let your fears deon your hopes. In that’s what EYP is
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Assassin: The game • You will be given a piece of paper that has a name on it. You must NOT under any circumstance reveal the name to anyone.
• Now you’re an assassin, who needs to “kill” the person whose name you got. • In order to kill your victim you need to kiss him/her on the back of their head. •
You have to kill your victim so that nobody sees you. Be sneaky!
• When you kill the person, his/her victim becomes your next aim. • There’s only one winner. When hunting for your next victim always keep in mind that you’re also a victim. Be cautious