53 Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties and four Sum­mer Breaks are tak­ing place in the anniver­sary year 2018. The open­ing SU this year was orga­nized by AEGEE-Warsza­wa and AEGEE-Gdańsk. The title of this event: „Be CuRi­ous, bE orig­i­nAl, invenT, imag­inE – CREATE“. The two main organ­is­ers, Moni­ka from AEGEE-Warsza­wa and Hania from AEGEE-Gdańsk, are very hap­py with the event that fin­ished on 13th of July: “All the hard work and com­mit­ment that we put in prepar­ing the SU paid off. We received a very pos­i­tive feed­back from our par­tic­i­pants.”

Gold­en Times: What was your SU about?
Moni­ka and Hania: Our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty was focused on explor­ing inner cre­ativ­i­ty, teach­ing how to think out of the box, improv­ing imag­i­na­tion and art skills.

GT: How many par­tic­i­pants and how many organ­is­ers did you have?
Moni­ka and Hania: Dur­ing our SU we had 26 par­tic­i­pants and 20 orga­niz­ers.

The SU organisers!
The SU organ­is­ers!

GT: What were the great­est the­mat­ic pro­gramme high­lights of the SU?
Moni­ka and Hania: The the­mat­ic pro­gramme was well-pre­pared and focused on devel­op­ing a wide range of skills. We would like to high­light here the team­build­ing ses­sion, as well as impro­vi­sa­tion and PR-relat­ed work­shops, such as as pho­tog­ra­phy, design, pub­lic speak­ing or social media.

GT: What were the fun­ni­est or most excit­ing moments?
Moni­ka and Hania: Our Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty brought as lot of fun­ny and excit­ing moments. Our par­tic­i­pants enjoyed a lot our cook­ing work­shops, where we were mak­ing dumplings. Also the theme par­ties “Pol­ish Wed­ding” was a great expe­ri­ence, as it was mod­elled on the real wed­ding — with a bride and groom, typ­i­cal food and music as well as the unveil­ing and cap­ping cer­e­mo­ny. AEGEEans could see how this recep­tion looks like in our coun­try. Def­i­nite­ly the most excit­ing moment dur­ing every evening was the time of read­ing all the gos­sips from the gos­sip box!

A great group of participants, taking time for a group photo in Warszawa
A great group of Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty par­tic­i­pants, tak­ing time for a group pho­to in Warsza­wa

GT: How was the group of par­tic­i­pants?
Moni­ka and Hania: We had a group of great and pos­i­tive par­tic­i­pants, who were full of ener­gy. We couldn’t have wished for bet­ter peo­ple on our SU. They were just amaz­ing!

GT: Sounds great! And how was your coop­er­a­tion in the orga­niz­ing team?
Moni­ka and Hania: The orga­niz­ers were friend­ly and sup­port­ive. We’ve been work­ing so hard for many months to make our SU suc­cess­ful. The coop­er­a­tion between AEGEE-Gdańsk and AEGEE-Warsza­wa went well. Dur­ing the SU, there was a great atmos­phere with­in the group and much AEGEE Spir­it. We all became a bunch of real­ly good friends and already miss this time and our par­tic­i­pants a lot!

GT: How was the romance fac­tor of the SU? Where there many cou­ples?
Moni­ka and Hania: Our SU flour­ished with many love affairs. We had sev­en cou­ples in total. But if the event had last­ed longer, there would have been prob­a­bly a few cou­ples more! In the end of the SU, some peo­ple got more courage to final­ly reveal their feel­ings to their sum­mer crush­es. We hope that all these nice rela­tions will be devel­oped and main­tained.

The participants experienced lots of adventures
The Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­enced lots of adven­tures

GT: Let’s hope so! What were the high­lights from the gos­sip box?
Moni­ka and Hania: Every evening, in the gos­sip box, we had at least a few kiss­ing chal­lenges — they were always bring­ing a lot of emo­tions and laugh­ter.

GT: How suc­cess­ful was the SU over­all?
Moni­ka and Hania: All the hard work and com­mit­ment that we put in prepar­ing the SU paid off. With a clear con­science we can say that this SU was suc­cess­ful. We received a very pos­i­tive feed­back from our par­tic­i­pants. They enjoyed their sum­mer­time in Poland a lot, which made us extreme­ly hap­py and gave us a boost of new moti­va­tion and ener­gy for future projects. Of course we had some prob­lems but we went through it and now we have a lot of new friends and great mem­o­ries.

GT: Any­thing you would like to add?
Moni­ka and Hania: The Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty is one of the best AEGEE expe­ri­ences that we can have. It is a great project that we all should be proud of. We would like to say “thank you” to all the peo­ple, who made our SU pos­si­ble and who became part of this amaz­ing time we spent togeth­er. It wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out you. We love you so much! Best wish­es to you!

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