Last Goodbye and Few Anecdotes | The Sunscreen Email

​​​​Dear AIESEC Bangalore,
It took me some time to get around to write this email. As I write this email, I wonder how you anyone can put down what they want to say after 4 years of such a beautiful experience. The last 4 years have been intense and defiantly unforgettable, writing this is possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. With that I have a few mantras that I would like to share with you all, some are fun and others are pure intense. Hope you can remember a few and use them in your AIESEC Experience.

Why I applied?

‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination.’ -Marianne Williamson

I believe that the post of Local Committee President is the most challenging opportunity at the age of 21. I will always truly be grateful for all the experiences and opportunities that AIESEC has given me but the role of LCP is one i needed to have done. Opportunities multiply when they are seized; I define opportunities not for the spectrum of just myself but also for AIESEC BANGALORE as a whole when i applied. I am applied for this prestigious role because I firmly believe the only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.


1) Be a Pencil ->If there is anything you should compare yourself to at this current time, then it has to be a pencil and I will share why? A pencil is guided and through its journey someone has always been there to help it write, I’m talking about your TLs and VPs, always respect and listen to them. Trust them!They always have the best in mind for you (Who Knows one day you will be the person who guides the new pencils). Be prepared to be sharpened, cause sometimes you will face difficulty and hard times in AIESEC, remember this is what makes you a better AIESECér. Use the eraser to correct your mistakes, and it will helps you choose the right path. Don’t worry about your other appearance, worry about the inner thoughts, Its not the wood which writes but its the graphite. Be best the version of yourself and always be true to yourself. Finally leave a Mark, Leave A Legacy, Isn’t that why we are here. So make sure you leave the best mark possible.
2) Make a Best friend -> “A good friend will come and bail you out of jail, but a best friend will be sitting next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’!”. I have have made the best of friends in AIESEC. I hope you all have the opportunity that we have. The Elysium forever shall be my best friends, the ones who will always be there for the rest of my life. An experience such as an EB is to powerful to forget. The people around make it even better.
3) Make a Genuine Commitment To Personal Excellence, Have a Vision for yourself -> Most employees don’t get out of bed each morning trying to hit a number. In the majority of companies there are only a handful of people that truly care about it or, in some cases, even understand exactly what it means to hit that number. As a members , don’t confuse your objectives with vision. Vision feeds exchanges and not the other way around. Always have a vision for yourself, that one motivation that takes you above and beyond.
4) Keep challenging yourself – Motivation needs to be stretched – > Set new challenges. Ask yourself: How can I transform what I do, take it up a level, reach new people, seek new horizons? If you’re totally satisfied in what you do, then you don’t need to do this. But if not, then find ways to keep your work challenging. Suggest what you’d like to do – because “if you don’t ask, you don’t get!”
5) Conferences, LCongs, LCMS -> DONT EVER MISS THESE. I can go on about the same but I sincerely ask you to go for everything. If you don’t have money borrow it, if you don’t have attendance “Figure it out”.
6) The Time Capsule| See Yourself As Unstoppable – > AIESEC Bangalore, has always been a pioneering LC, ever since we were incepted in 1982. It is your turn to take AIESEC in Bangalore forward and carry forward the Legacy, If anyone were to ask which LC you are from its your duty to say “The Legacy LC” and with that you need to take this LC to greater heights.
7) Change the World -> We are lucky, we have opportunities, we have our relatives! But what about the people who are not as fortunate as us? Who will stand up for them? When you hear the details of some of stories  how can you be anything but appalled? I am appalled. It’s an entirely appropriate emotional response for people to have. Here is where I say “Go for an Internship! Change your world view, experience living alone, with no one really caring about you” Come back to India and change the world!
8) Have Fun – Be Random -> Always enjoy those small moments, which will make you laugh and cry. Be random and don’t ever forget to be yourself. Have those conversations which will change your life.
9) Understand AIESEC -> One of the biggest things you can do is, really understand what AIESEC really is. AIESEC has always been the worlds best kept secret and we need to change that. Question the values, don’t be cattle following the signs, challenge yourself! Whether its a conversation between direct or indirect impact, quality vs quantity, leadership or management, UNDERSTAND AIESEC!
10) Stand for LCP -> The best decision I made in AIESEC was to stand for the post of LCP! ( I mean stand, you may not necessarily win) Standing for LCP itself was an amazing experience! At that moment, I didn’t know what lay ahead of me. I had no idea that I would have the most fun, intense, gratifying year of my life. I didn’t know what it would feel like to lead over a 150 people to achieve a goal. I didn’t know what it would be like to lead such exceptional people. I didn’t know what it would feel like to accomplish something. I didn’t know would it feel like to grow as a person and understand yourself. I didn’t know what it would be like to be LCP! But what I did know was that it was a scary thing to do and whats the fun in doing something ordinary!! And after that there was no looking back.

Final —->

I’m not saying 2014 was perfect! I believe it was that year AIESEC Bangalore needed in order for a plan that was formulated 4 years back by a few great people to be seen through. We saw AIESEC Bangalore becoming that force to reckon with carrying forward in 2015 and for the years following. AIESEC Bangalore came from humble beginnings, today we are champions but we have miles to go before we sleep! It is with a heavy heart and lots of fond memories, I will defiantly miss you all. You guys gave The Elysium the best year ever, thank you for that! Do call/text us if you ever need to have a conversation on anything.
Today I’m happy and unexplainably content, the moment where I know I gave it everything.
Goodbye AIESEC Bangalore!
The Elysium 2014 – Executive Board Bangalore – Discharge Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njI9Wg6wjK8

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Warm regards,

Ankith Abraham
​Proud Alumni from ​

AIESEC in Bangalore

☎    : +91 9900265484

You Made Me Proud – The Legacy Year

Dear Rajat, Sanheeta and Suraj,

I would firstly like to start by congratulating you on the decision to apply for what’s going to be one of the most fulfilling and life changing decisions.

As you go through this process, the most important advice I can provide you with is to bear in mind that
application to the position must not be driven purely by the desire for experience. There will be days when you will find it difficult to get out of bed and it will not be because you are not well rested. On such days, what will drive you is your purpose and the belief that you are what AIESEC Bangalore needs in 2015. You would be challenged to think about many things and that is a journey in itself. But the main things, I would like you to consider are: How do you visualize 2015 for AIESEC in Bangalore. Have utmost clarity on your passion and commitment for this Local Chapter and how you see the story play out.

The journey is also one of self-reflection. I believe, to lead others, you first need to lead yourself and as clichéd as this may sound its true! The journey will lead you to discover your self as an individual. All I have to say is believe that you’re the best person to be here, because you are.

Win or lose, let me assure you that you will not regret taking up this challenge. By the end of this process, you will emerge as a stronger, more self-aware individual, and one that is prepared to take on the world. As I write this now, I am reminded of the time about a year ago, when I was in the same situation as you are in. I remember feeling absolute passion, and at the same time, fear. Wanting to do so many things, wanting to bring in a sea of change in the way everything was done, yet somewhere uncertain of the change that exactly I needed to create on a personal level. Constantly thinking about everything, even when I didn’t want to. Well, if you feel some of these things right now, it means that you’re on the right track. Now it’s time for you to stand up and shine, leave your fears and doubts behind and show the LC the true colours that you are made of and remember “a journey of one thousand miles starts with a single step” and in reading this preface I am so happy to see that you have started yours.

For you the next few weeks is going to be nerve-racking and long but remember to always be true to yourself and true to your local committee. As you step up to this challenge and journey that will lie before you through the application process the adventure of self–discovery and foundation for the future of AIESEC in Bangalore take this time to look deeply into yourself, channel your passion, ideas, energy and experience. From my personal experience let me give you one advise – do not be restricted by any mind-sets. It’s your manifesto, they’re your thoughts and ideas for the Local Committee and it’s YOUR vision. So use this form to express your vision and dream for this local committee and share it with everyone.

Leading is a skill, not a gift. You are not born with it, you learn how. Nobody knows how strong they are until being strong is the only option they have. The role you are looking forward to will ensure that this is the only choice you have. All your beliefs will be questioned. You will succeed and fail every single day. Every single day, you will learn something new. Every person you lead, every person you talk to will teach you something.On the other side of the journey, you will emerge out to be a champion – A champion for life, for whom a determined smile is enough to conquer the world.

This letter is not enough to express the amount of excitement, happiness, learning and fun that lies ahead of you. This is a quote that was very powerful for me and I hope you find meaning in it as well: ‘If not NOW when, If not YOU, who?’

Congratulations again on deciding on going through the amazing journey of applying for Local Committee
President and I wish you all the best for the whole process. I wish you the very best for the next 2 weeks. Have fun filling out the application. Remember and cherish this time and more importantly reflect back on your journey. Let go. And remember, you’re contesting to be the 33rd Local Committee President of AIESEC in Bangalore.

Ps – LC always comes first and trust your EB. Always!
PPs – The manifesto is about you. And your vision for our AIESEC entity. And your dream for where we will eventually be in 2015.

Best Wishes from your LCP,
Ankith Abraham
Local Committee President 2014
AIESEC in Bangalore
The Legacy LC

A Pencil And A Time Capsule – A Message To AIESEC Bangalore’s New Recruits.

Be a Pencil ->

If there anything you should compare yourself to at this current time, then it has to be a pencil and I will share why?

1) A pencil is guided and through its journey someone has always been there to help it write, I’m talking about your TLs and VPs, always respect and listen to them. Trust them!They always have the best in mind for you( Who Knows one day you will be the person who guides the new pencils)

2) Be Prepared to be sharpened, cause sometimes you will face difficulty and hard times in AIESEC, remember this is what makes you a better AIESECér.

3) Use the eraser to correct your mistakes, and it will helps you choose the right path.

4) Don’t worry about your other appearance, worry about the inner thoughts, Its not the wood which writes but its the graphite.Be best the version of yourself and always be true to yourself.

5) Finally leave a Mark, Leave A Legacy, Isn’t that why we are here. So make sure you leave the best mark possible.

The Time Capsule– >

AIESEC Bangalore, has always been a pioneering LC, ever since we were incepted in 1982. It is your turn to take AIESEC in Bangalore forward and carry forward the Legacy, If anyone were to ask which LC you are from its your duty to say “The Legacy LC” and with that you need to take this LC to greater heights.

Therefore you are AIESEC Bangalore’s Time Capsule!

The Path to Self Actualization – The Science of WHY AIESECers are AIESECers?

The history from where this all started – From Devastation, turmoil, anger and despair. The world in which it all began in was not a pleasant one. Despite this, there was a burning need to bridge the gap across people and cultures as well as pressure for business schools to produce capable individuals to rebuild the economy. This brought individuals together in Liege, August 1946 and later in Stockholm during the last months of 1948, finally resulting in the first International Congress (IC) in March 1949, culminating into what we all now know and love “AIESEC”.

I am one person who is a strong believer of the vision of AIESEC. Many times in life I have emulated this behavior on numerous counts where I wanted to become a person who is completely fulfilled and living my true purpose, an Individual who is realizing his potential. I would compare AIESEC’s vision to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where in which Maslow talks about a humankind’s ultimate need which is self actualization and in AIESEC we envision Peace and complete fulfilment of humankind’s potential.

I hope you see the correlation by now, if you don’t read below!

We need to understand the deeper about hierarchy of needs, to square the circle between the hierarchy of needs and AIESEC. In Maslows hierarchy of needs we have 5 layers:

Physiological Needs :These basic physical needs which are required simply for survival like food, water, rest etc. They are the most important and should be met first.

Safety Needs: Safety needs include personal and financial security also it includes that the person must be healthy in order to survive and yield happiness from their lives.

Love and Belonging needs: Every Human being has a need to feel that he or she belongs to a certain Tr1Be or Team where they are accepted and thrive with each other. Family is an important aspect to the third level.

Esteem Needs: A lot of us feel a need to be respected and gain a certain amount of leadership hierarchy where we feel important and this is the layer you don’t want to really be stuck in when it comes to being a best version of yourself.

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The need of Self Actualization: This is the level that differentiates the mediocre from the great. The people here are metamotivated, where they striving to achieve more than their basic needs. All the great men and women in past have always characters of self actualization, they aim to reach their maximum potential without really caring about money or other rewards.

As you can see in AIESEC you don’t really get anything mentioned in the first 4 layers but you have an ability to exercise you highest needs.

So now you know what makes the best AIESECers and and you also know who to recruit from now.

How To Conduct Amazing Short Meetings (Like A 8055)

For the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow,

After conducting almost 100 meetings this year, I some how considered myself an artist when it came to running meetings. Meetings as you know by now can either go your way or not, based on how well you plan and execute them. So what is a meeting? – A group of two or more people with common interests to a particular task or vision which may or may not be in a formal environment, this can be called a meeting.

Here are a few pointers to make sure you run the best and most effective short meetings.

1)Have Clear Objectives, you should have have not more than 2 or 3 specific objectives, so that your meetings are easy to understand and follow up.

2)Generate a Good Structure which allows you to meet your desired objectives in the most organized and quickest manner.

3)Prepare your content well in advance knowing your audience.

4)Use Aids to help you convey your message.PowerPoint presentations are most commonly and easy to use method to communicate your message to an audience.

4)Be Annoyingly Interactive, ask questions and probe them into getting the answer you wish to convey.

5)Flow the Rule of K.I.S.S, which means keep it short and simple.

6)Make sure you have a Minuter and thank your minuter at the end of the meeting.

7)Be prepared with a couple of Ice Breakers if people are not acquainted with each other.

8)Use Google Calendar to invite and remind your team about the time and date of the meeting.

9)Make sure you always Start And End Just In Time.

10)Summarize The Meeting and Take Feedback, so that everyone is clear of their task post the meeting.

11)Follow Up- This is to me is the most important aspect of a meeting, make sure you follow up sufficiently and effectively.

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You Cant Expect To Go For A Jog After Eating A Packet Of Biscuits

Do you remember that moment; just before you set off for a jog you find yourself near the fridge munching on the box of scrumptious bourbon Biscuits and then unable to lift yourself for a jog. This is what happened to me today.

I intended to go for a half hour jog, instead I ended back on a big magnet , “My bed”.
In life you take decisions, resolutions and commitments you are never able to keep simply because you fail to make an environment for it to happen.  All things you do don’t align with your commitments and therefore you find your self siting on your bed regretting/sleeping

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Simple Advice if you want to do something make sure that everything you do to aligns with the task you’ve committed to.