Ville’s year as a member of the KY Board

Last year, when I applied for the KY board I thought I knew what to expect. I had been in the cultural committee for the year 2015 and following Henrik’s work closely: I knew there would be a lot of meetings, lots of different volunteer matters to be discussed and a big committee to lead. However, it turned out the image I had gotten was just the tip of the iceberg. There was so much more to it than met the eye.

As the board member responsible for culture, volunteers and Probba, I’ve spent my days at the KY office working on how we could make the KY community better and my evenings attending meetings or organizing events with our extraordinary volunteers. Sure, the days tend to get long at times, but it’s all worth it. Seeing an event that has been worked on for months come to life and succeed, is a feeling that everyone should experience. And what’s even better, is seeing the volunteers who have put countless hours into the project with smiles on their faces and able to say “We actually did this.” I can never thank our volunteers enough but THANK YOU, for all the work you’ve ever done for KY.

Every year in the KY board is different, especially in the community sector. You should always keep an open mind and not hesitate when you’re offered opportunities of a lifetime. This year it turned out that my biggest project was something that hadn’t ever been done before: Tempaus2016. At the start of the year I got introduced to the people who had started to organize the Tempaus a couple of months back, and Henrik asked me if I wanted to take the project under my wings at KY’s side. I was hesitant at first but now when I look back at it, deciding to take the project was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only did I get to know great people through Tempaus2016, it enabled me to see our beloved Aalto community’s potential to the fullest. With great cooperation, especially in the community sector, I think our Aalto community will keep on achieving things that nobody has ever achieved before, year after year.

During my year at KY I’ve learned and improved countless skills but one of the most important has definitely been leadership. Leading a committee of 17 people from very different backgrounds has taught me things I would have otherwise learned after graduation, if ever. To sum this up, I’d like to remind everyone to always keep an open mind. Never judge and be open to new ideas, because that little teekkari project might turn out to be the biggest project you’ve worked on in your life. Take leaps of faith. Apply for the KY board, you won’t regret it.

Ville Marchant

Member of the board

Culture, volunteers, Probba