AM2019 Awardee: PEHF "...gave me a huge relief and I was so happy that I couldn't believe it's happening"!
2 SEPTEMBER 2019
Part One - The application
I applied for this fund for the first time few weeks before the March Meeting 2018 in Egypt. I was serving as the Treasurer of my NMO at that time. I didn’t get the scholarship, but I was really happy for the person who was elected. I realized that maybe it wasn’t my time to attend my first General Assembly. August meeting 2019 was happening in Taiwan, Asia. Many things had changed so far. I was working as the IFMSA Fundraising Assistant term 2018/2019. I learnt many things working in coordination with VPF and other team. Every year VPF and fundraising assistants conduct the PreGA workshop on financial management and administration. The time had come where I really had to coordinate the PreGA workshop as well as attend the first ever GA. This year everything was favoring me to attend my first ever GA which was actually happening in Asia which would cost me less and there won’t be much of visa issues for me.
I wanted to attend this GA at any cost.
Part Two - The anticipation
I remember checking the fund’s webpage time and time again so that I could know when the application opens. I got my CV prepared, my motivational letter, and also prepared myself psychologically if I didn’t win the fund again. I wanted to work hard this time with document preparation as I didn’t get the fund before. I started writing about everything I had worked, all the events I had been to, opportunities that had been presented to me, my goals and expectations for the GA, what I plan to do in my NMO and at an international level, etc. I was giving every effort to make my application look better than last year.
Part Three - The news
On May 15, I got an email with subject "regarding your application for the Erik Holst AM2019 GA Scholarship". Even though I wasn’t selected for the fund I was happy that I become first runner up. Being 1 st runner up of the fund it gave me big hope and confidence. I prepared for PreGA workshop, NMO management session and plenary procedures and responsibilities of assistant secretary in Plenary.
Part Four - Surprise, surprise!!!
On July 27, a day before my departure I got an email stating “since you were our 1st runner-up for the AM2019 scholarship, it means that you are eligible to receive it”. I was so happy to get the email. This gave me a huge relief and I was so happy that I couldn’t believe it's happening
. I logged out of email and login again to check whether it was true. Yes there was the same email stating I got the scholarship. I packed all necessary things and fly for GA in Taiwan.
Rajesh Sharma, NMSS-Nepal
Echoes from the IFMSA GA-August Meeting 2019 in Taiwan
2 SEPTEMBER 2019
PreGA coordinator and trainer
I would like to call myself lucky to have such talented VPF, experienced co-trainer and amazing participants during PreGA workshop on financial management and administration.
They made the whole PreGA workshop run smoothly. We used to spend a lot of time in the night to make tomorrow’s workshop better. It was my first GA, first PreGA and so on. Everything was new for me. Finally month long preparations and many sleepless nights came to an end. We were able to deliver over 12 sessions to amazing 8 new financial management masters. After PreGA in Taichung, we packed everything up for GA in Taipei.
I was serving as NMO management sessions team and Assistant secretary for the Plenary and that even in my first GA! Yes it’s true. It was whole new experience for me. I wanted to give it a try and learn as much as I can that too in my first GA.
Assistant secretary in the plenary
We had an amazing team in the Plenary. Everyone were so helpful. They didn’t let me realize that I didn’t know anything. They were always my back support and taught me many things about plenary procedures. Second plenary was the longest plenary ever. While everyone were frustrated with longest plenary, I was enjoying it the most as it was my first experience in the IFMSA Plenary (P.S. I missed the first plenary). The way how IFMSA members take part in decision making process was something great to learn. We had to sacrifice social program at night because of the Plenary. The chocolates from Switzerland and Belgium added glucose to our blood an
d helped us work during the Plenary.
NMO management sessions team
I still remember the first online meeting of the sessions team. It was really a great opportunity for me to be in the highly experienced session team. Everything was for the first time. The session team were very helpful.
They always pushed me up whenever needed. Because of the good session team and active participation of all the participants, NMO management session went well. Even though I was session team, I was learning mostly from others.
To conclude, this GA was a great learning experience for me. I enjoyed every role as PreGA coordinator and Trainer, NMO management session team and assistant secretary in the plenary. I went there with great hope and came back with many more experiences. I am more motivated to work in my NMO and IFMSA.
I would like to thank IFMSA Alumni & Prof. Erik Holst Fund for making my IFMSA GA dream come true.
Rajesh Sharma, NMSS-Nepal