This summer, I’ve had the opportunity to experience something that I believe all new EYPers dream about - a physical international session. More specifically, I’ve attended Thessaloniki International Forum '21-7th International Forum of EYP Greece.
To be honest, I'm having a hard time putting into words how much this session has given me. I took part in various engaging discussions with motivated students from throughout Europe, which allowed me to discover new perspectives while also helping me in developing my social and debating skills as well as my academics. But what’s more, I've met a lot of wonderful individuals who have become my very close friends, and we've developed special bonds that are stronger than our physical distance.
We had a three-day team-building program in Halkidiki, followed by a transfer to Thessaloniki for the rest of the session. We did a lot of academic work, danced to a lot of songs, sung, and then danced some more. We were able to spend nights re-searching our topics and still have fun with it. During the General Assembly, we enthusiastically delivered our well-prepared speeches and defended our resolution, with our committee's constant mutual support. Eventually, we all returned to our own homes enriched, more confident, and with new international friendships.
EYP, in my opinion, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to effectively combine education and enjoyment. I should also mention that EYPers are never really alone, as they are welcomed by a friend in almost every European country they visit. And that's what sets this organisation apart from other student-run initiatives.
To summarise, I'm incredibly thankful to be a part of EYP, and I'll never forget those ten days that had such a great impact on my life.
Klára Vísnerová, septima B