To serve and pro­tect: This is the leg­endary mot­to of the Net­work Com­mis­sion. Four new peo­ple joined AEGEE’s most pop­u­lar com­mis­sion in Decem­ber: Dominic Dimi­an, Mar­ta Pak, Celia Riveres and Francesca “Zor­ci” Zor­co­lo. The Gold­en Times asked them about their plans – and also about them­selves. How would their life be with­out AEGEE? Are they par­ty ani­mals? And: what is nev­er miss­ing in their fridge? Today you can read what Dominic Dimi­an answered. Among his plans: “It is a dream of mine to get all my anten­nae a twin anten­na.”

Dominic Dimi­an

Gold­en Times: You are in the Net­Com since Decem­ber. How was your start?
Dominic Dimi­an: I had a slow but good start so far, con­tact­ing my locals and get­ting in touch with the boards. Every­body is enthu­si­as­tic about the coop­er­a­tion. Fur­ther­more we had our Net­Com Meet­ing in Brus­sels in Jan­u­ary, which was out­stand­ing­ly great!

GT: Why did you choose to can­di­date for the Net­Com?
Dominic: I love to con­nect with peo­ple and the net­work. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and coop­er­a­tion is essen­tial for an asso­ci­a­tion like AEGEE. With can­di­dat­ing for the Net­Com I was able to do what I am good at and sup­port the organ­i­sa­tion that gave me so much.

GT: Very briefly: what did you do in AEGEE before join­ing the Net­Com?
Dominic: I was mem­ber of the local board of AEGEE-Pas­sau for 2.5 years, main organ­is­er of our TSU in 2016 and Sub­Com of the Net­Coms Mareike W. and Mareike R.

AEGEE-Pas­sau board with Dominic Dimi­an.

GT: How well did you know your assigned locals before your term?
Dominic: I knew the Bavar­i­an locals very well as I was their Sub­Com for one year and I also tried to keep myself updat­ed about the oth­er Ger­man locals through friend­ships. As I moved to Budapest last sum­mer, I quick­ly got to know the anten­na very well.

GT: What have you been doing to get to know them bet­ter?
Dominic: In the past weeks I have been cre­at­ing an overview of respon­si­ble peo­ple, events and more of my locals in order to be informed, but also to plan my Net­Com trips to their cities. Fur­ther­more I will pro­vide all my locals with the option to con­nect via Skype as often as pos­si­ble.

GT: What are the main strengths prob­lems of your locals?
Dominic: Luck­i­ly I can say that my area is pret­ty strong and they main­ly man­age their local activ­i­ties on their own. Some need a lit­tle bit of help con­cern­ing PR, HR and the con­nec­tion to the Euro­pean lev­el.

Dominic was helper at the EPM Zagreb 2017.
Dominic was helper at the EPM Zagreb 2017.

GT: Can you name a cou­ple of out­stand­ing locals of yours that can serve as a role mod­el for oth­ers in Europe?
Dominic: Every anten­na deserves its cred­it. Every­one is try­ing hard accord­ing to their resources and I am here to help them with it. Hope­ful­ly at the end of my term all of them can be a good role mod­el for the entire net­work.

GT: What oth­er plans do you have for your locals? For exam­ple: encour­age coop­er­a­tion among them, fos­ter twin anten­nae, fos­ter coop­er­a­tion with Euro­pean bod­ies, encour­age them to make more the­mat­ic events or more inter­nal edu­ca­tion?
Dominic: Fun­ny that you ask exact­ly about the things that I am going to work with. Every­thing you men­tioned is on my agen­da, although some of the points will merge togeth­er. Net­Com in gen­er­al made a great plan for this term to take care of these issues. I don’t want to say too much we did not pub­lish all infor­ma­tion yet. I can say though that it is a dream of mine to get all my anten­nae a twin anten­na.

GT: Peo­ple talk a lot about anten­na cri­te­ria reforms. Do you have ideas for some alter­na­tive bet­ter anten­na cri­te­ria?
Dominic: Times are chang­ing and so does AEGEE. We just had a major anten­na cri­te­ria reform but of course there are still things to improve. We as Net­Com will dis­cuss thor­ough­ly whether and how to pro­pose fur­ther reforms.

Simply Dominic Dimian.
Dominic Dimi­an, hold­ing the mas­cot of AEGEE-Pas­sau, the deer Hugo.

GT: How and when did you join AEGEE?
Dominic: It was in autumn 2014 when I dis­cov­ered AEGEE dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the uni­ver­si­ty in the beau­ti­ful city of Pas­sau. At first I was hes­i­tant, but this changed as soon as I got into some work­ing groups, organ­is­ing events for Eras­mus stu­dents at my uni­ver­si­ty. But this was just the begin­ning of a glo­ri­ous rela­tion­ship with this extra­or­di­nary asso­ci­a­tion.

GT: What do you study – and why?
Dominic (smiles): I study Euro­pean Stud­ies. It is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn… come on, nobody is inter­est­ed in this. I don’t have much time to study besides AEGEE any­ways!

Dominic Dimian and Zvonimir Canjuga
Dominic Dimi­an and Zvon­imir Can­ju­ga

GT: What was your best and worst AEGEE expe­ri­ence?
Dominic: There were so many good expe­ri­ences. This ques­tion is real­ly tough. Still I want to try: prob­a­bly it was the New Year’s event 2015/16, organ­ised by AEGEE-Siena. We had a real­ly great group and I still remem­ber those days like it was yes­ter­day. If any of the par­tic­i­pants or organ­is­ers is read­ing this, I miss you! My worst expe­ri­ence was maybe when I organ­ised a Bavar­i­an Night for over 200 Eras­mus stu­dents and one of them threw up on a car­pet in the uni­ver­si­ty and I spent hours dur­ing the night to clean the car­pet just with paper tow­els… the most iron­ic thing about this was that the car­pet was only two meters away from the exit door.


GT: How many inter­na­tion­al events have you been to so far?
Dominic: I am not sure about the exact num­ber, but I think it was around 17 events includ­ing EPM, Ago­ra, NWM, RTC, Christ­mas Din­ner and New Year’s events. Unfor­tu­nate­ly I was quite busy with my local work so that I had to miss out on a lot of great events.

GT: If you were not in AEGEE, how would your life look like?
Dominic (smiles): AIESEC.

GT: After AEGEE, what will you work lat­er?
Dominic (smiles): There is a life after AEGEE?

GT: Are you a par­ty ani­mal?
Dominic: If I don’t have any respon­si­bil­i­ty at that moment I can turn into a wild dancer… even mov­ing my arms!

GT: What hob­bies do you have aside from AEGEE?
Dominic (laughs): There is a life besides AEGEE? You have to tell me about this out­side or after life thing!

GT: Please com­plete the sen­tence: “AEGEE is…
Dominic: AEGEE is your key to Europe.

GT: What is your favourite drink?
Dominic: It is a close race between Limon­cel­lo and Sopli­ca.

GT: What’s nev­er miss­ing in your fridge?
Dominic: Space.

GT: How would you describe your­self with five key­words?
Dominic: Ambi­tious. Enthu­si­as­tic. Roman­tic. Sen­si­tive. Dom.

Simply AEGEE-Passau
Sim­ply AEGEE-Pas­sau