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2012-12-13 Emmaus Banquet

Although I am not trying to be biased, Emmaus is the best club on campus. Nonetheless, one of the best things you can do when coming to Yonsei or any new community in general is to get plugged into a club or small group of some sort. I personally choose Emmaus and as you can see from the picture above and a video you can watch below, clubs are a great investment during your time abroad!

Since I was lucky enough to stay for one year, I was able to be a student leader in my second semester here at Yonsei with Emmaus. What a privilege it is to serve with other Yonsei, UIC, and Exchange students on campus! Though this opportunity, I was able to learn a lot about myself and even more about how I adapt and grow as a leader in a different country. I learned so many new perspectives of leadership through the time I was able to learn from the 4 year student leaders and staff of my club. The picture above shows the student leaders of this semester. There were 9 of us in total. We were able to help lead a club of about 100 people together and plan an amazing end of the year banquet, which I now know how to manage and plan.

Planning a banquet for the first time in my life in a different country with language barriers was tough. But now that I know that I can do it, it’s going to be a piece of cake when I am asked to plan one back at home. Such useful skills to learn while I was in Korea and the things that need to have special attention and budgeting.

Below is a video of how the staff of my club reacted when we honored them for all the work that they put into the club despite having full time jobs elsewhere.

Being able to be a part of such an amazing club and being able to learn and teach others the culture of honor gave me a whole new perspective on life. By being able to honor your leaders despite their shortcomings, you have the power to lift them up to higher positions. I was able to see this first hand as a new student leader to the semester. All of the club members showed me so much honor and grace to be able to lead them and gave me the authority to speak into their lives and give them loving feedback on things they wanted and didn’t want to know about.

What an amazing experience that I will never forget!
So don’t miss the chances to meet and interact with people through a club to learn and make networks around the world!

Happy Reading!

Dana Hellie

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