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How The Internet Has The Potential To Change Your Life

So you want to learn to play an instrument but can’t afford private lessons? Do you think knowing how to code is a vital asset in the 21st century but are a little hesitant on taking that first step? You like reading, but your favorite books are well over your price range? Well, then you’re at the right place, my friend!

Oh yes! The internet! Yes, you heard me right. With a little bit of discipline and dedication, the internet can take one to infinity and beyond (!), and yet we always tend to forget its most practical advantage: the free access to knowledge!

Here at AIESEC, we are BIG on self-improvement. Self-improvement is in our ethos and we religiously advocate developing useful skills not only to enrich our lives but also to make a contribution to society. Hence, today I will be presenting you with 3 skills you can easily learn by yourself using the internet!

Learn a Musical Instrument ๐ŸŽบ ๐ŸŽถ

Playing music has countless benefits. I know for a fact that with the onset of the pandemic, a lot of people were hit by a newly found inspiration to pick up that random instrument they have been wanting to learn to play for so long, and you know what? You can do so for FREE, without paying for lessons.

Guitar ๐ŸŽธ

The day I moved to my room in Vienna, I found a guitar lying in one of the dusty corners of my room. I asked my roommates whose guitar it was and they told me the previous owner had left it for the next person that moves in. I was beyond shook. Before I knew it I was learning guitar from JustinGuitar on YouTube.

It’s been three years since then and learning guitar for FREE from YouTube changed my perspective on paid courses completely. Today, I can play my favorite songs with ease and I enjoy every second of it!

It would be a shame to tell you guys so much, and not share where I learned guitar from.

So, here is JustinGuitar’s Beginner Guitar Course on YouTube!

 

Listen to him carefully, do everything he tells you and before you know it, you’ll be able to play your favorite songs (I actually got emotional writing this, I am so so thankful for that guys).

Today, his website is an even better platform to learn on. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about his website when I first started, but better late than never!

Piano ๐ŸŽน

I don’t play the piano but I had found this really nice beginner course a while back and I had saved it, so here it is!

and one more!

 

That’ll be all for the piano lovers out there. Now we’ll move on to a super underrated instrument that costs a lot to buy but somehow there is YouTube course on it to learn it for free!

Drums ๐Ÿฅ

As a self-taught guitarist, I eventually learned that my timing pretty much sucked, so I decided to improve my sense of rhythm by learning the drums, but as a student living on a budget, there was no way I could pay for a full set of drums. So I did my research and found another savior of the people!

 

Yes, drumming without drums exists! I’ve tried it. It works out just fine!

Okay, that’ll be all for the music section. Let’s move onto skills that will make us easy money!

Learn to Code๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

COVID-19 has profoundly accelerated the transition to a more digitalized world. A quick google search shows that the most in-demand jobs in today’s world require you to know how to code. This only means that there will be more demand for coders in the future. Even in social sciences, a programming language in your CV puts you miles ahead of every other applicant. Oh, I almost forgot; coding also fosters the skill of being solution-oriented which AIESEC puts great emphasis on.

The first suggestion I have is to take the world-famous lecture by David Malan. If you have some money to spare, you can also get a certificate from Harvard upon completing it, but that is not necessary.

Now this post will only feature two programming languages, but don’t forget that there are many more that might suit you better.

Python ๐Ÿ

Python is generally known for its simple design and its relatively faster learning curve, especially for complete beginners. It is by far the most popular programming language amongst all the big tech companies and surprisingly, it is also extremely popular among social scientists as Python comes in very handy in data interpretation and statistical analysis. Here are two popular websites that teach it: edx.org and learnpython.com.

C++ ๐Ÿ•ถ๏ธ

If you’ve ever thought creating smartphone applications or videos is cool, then this is the language you want to learn. C++ has been around for a while, proving its flexibility even with the significant changes to the tech world over the years. Although it is a harder language to learn, you really reap what you sow: learncpp.com.

 

Read free books! ๐Ÿ“š

I recently discovered an online library called Project Gutenberg. If you haven’t already heard about it (I haven’t either until now, but it is actually quite popular!), it is an online platform that creates e-books of works not protected by the US copyright law. You can find so many free e-books, including all the popular classics and works of the great philosophers. Something I’ve also noticed is that I read much faster when reading on a digital device, rather than on paper. You might want to check if that’s the case for you as well.

Conclusion ๐Ÿ”š

Alright folks, now you have no reasons to procrastinate during the next lockdown at your hometown. I’ve presented you with 3 areas where you can exploit the advantage of having internet access and 3 areas that will make self-improvement fun. Now go and check them all out and enjoy!

 

Written by Suleyman Inaltekin

Seminars for project volunteers: Mahlzeit Austria 2019

By: Annalise Cajic

Delivering workshops is not the only thing Mahlzeit Austria project volunteers are doing this Summer. When they are not teaching youth about food waste or working with Wiener Tafel, they are improving their skills through workshops hosted by Pulswerk and project runners. Volunteers are taught to improve their own workshops and see the value in self improvement as they become global citizens.

Workshop by Pulswerk

Pulswerk, founded in 2012 by the Austrian Institute of Ecology, has partnered with AIESEC on this project to promote the United Nations’ twelfth SDG (Responsible Consumption and Production). This week, they met at the Pulswerk office to share their thoughts on the project thus far and discuss areas of improvement.

Mahlzeit Austria volunteers receive a workshop delivered by Sabrina Lichtnegger of Pulswerk.

It’s important that we value the process self improvement and work actively to deliver excellent workshops to Austrian youth. We are the leaders of tomorrow, after all!

Meeting with Anna and Valerie

The Mahlzeit Austria team also met with project head Anna Balashova and AIESEC team member Valerie Christ to discuss similar subject matter. At the AIESEC Vienna office, we reflected on the project’s first couple of weeks and openly shared what could have gone better. As a “part 2” of our meeting with Pulswerk, ways to implement our ideas into the workshops were discussed.

Volunteers discuss how to improve their workshops on food waste.

Lessons learned

Firstly, we all agreed that we are fortunate to be teaching to children a topic that is so important to our future. Volunteers have a positive attitude and we hope the children feed off of that (no pun intended!). But we also agreed some things can be improved, and we shared those too.

For instance, more activities should be implemented into the workshops to engage children and create a more dynamic presentation. While the current workshops already includes some activities, it was decided that more could be added to make them even more fun.

We all know that children under 10 have limited attention spans, so a long PowerPoint presentation would feel more like a lecture than anything else.ย And who needs that, especially during the Summer? We want to make food waste an interesting topic, because it’s an important one.

Here’s a list of ways we decided could make the workshops more engaging for children:

  1. Games
  2. Quizzes
  3. Dances or other physical activities
  4. Arts and crafts
  5. Music (song about food waste, for instance)

A few of these ideas will be implemented into the workshops to help children stay focused and absorb more information about food waste.

The importance of reflection and improvement

When reflecting on these team meetings, fellow volunteer Elena says, “they are actually useful. We can meet all together and discuss.” As we worked together, we got a little bit further along on our journey to self-improvement. Being in Vienna on this project has taught us that while we should always do our best, improvement is an ongoing process.

While the workshops on food waste to children were good to begin with, they can always be made more effective. So it seems to me that self-improvement was the theme of this week, and we’re sure to see a lot more of it before the project is over.