Fabi­an Brügge­mann is prob­a­bly best known for his medi­a­tion work in AEGEE, amaz­ing work­shops and for found­ing AEGEE-Düs­sel­dorf. His baby steps in AEGEE, how­ev­er, were in AEGEE-Mün­ster. Nihel Mis­saoui is quite a fresh mem­ber and is part of the new AEGEE Con­tact in Mün­ster. Nev­er­the­less, she already attend­ed her first AEGEE events and is ready to take the Con­tact to the next lev­el: refound­ing AEGEE-Mün­ster. In this Gold­en Times inter­view Fabi­an and Nihel look back at the past and future of this leg­endary anten­na. The ques­tions were asked by Tim­on Tur­ban and Davide Viero.

Fabi­an — with beard

Ques­tion: Fabi­an, you were active in Mün­ster for AEGEE from 2004 to 2006. Nihel, you became recent­ly active and joined the new con­tact found­ed in 2018. Tell us more about you – and what did you do in AEGEE?
Fabi­an: Hey, I am Fabi­an! I joined AEGEE-Mün­ster in the end of 2004, after spend­ing one semes­ter as an Eras­mus stu­dent in Lund, Swe­den. I was lead­ing the Eras­mus team back then, and I was told: “okay, but then you have to be in the board of AEGEE-Mün­ster”. So I said: “okay, what­ev­er”. Short­ly after I found out what great pos­si­bil­i­ties AEGEE offers and went to my first Ago­ra in Izmir in 2005. Lat­er on, I became mem­ber of the Mem­bers Com­mis­sion and made a pro­pos­al to change its tasks and give it a new name: the Medi­a­tion Com­mis­sion — Med­Com. I was Med­Com speak­er in 2012/2013. In 2009, I found­ed AEGEE-Düs­sel­dorf.
Nihel: Hey, I am Nihel, I am one of the mem­bers of the new AEGEE con­tact in Mün­ster. I joined a meet­ing of AEGEE-Osnabrück and AEGEE-Enschede in Osnabrück in June 2018 and I par­tic­i­pat­ed as a vis­i­tor at the last Ago­ra in Istan­bul in Octo­ber 2018, which was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence for me.

Nihel already attend­ed her first Ago­ra

Ques­tion: Why is Mün­ster a city where AEGEE can work? What makes this city so spe­cial?
Fabi­an: Back then, Mün­ster had an amaz­ing inter­na­tion­al office who gave a lot of sup­port to AEGEE. Also, a lot of inter­na­tion­al stu­dents come to Mün­ster, the stu­dent life is quite inter­na­tion­al in gen­er­al. And Mün­ster is close to some dutch locals, like AEGEE-Enschede — all the exchanges with the anten­nae in Enschede, Nijmegen and so on were a high­light of my AEGEE-life!
Nihel: I agree with Fabi­an. Mün­ster is a very mul­ti­cul­tur­al place with a lot of stu­dents from all over the world. I believe peo­ple in Mün­ster in gen­er­al are very open-mind­ed, show a lot of sol­i­dar­i­ty and try to make a pos­i­tive impact for a more col­or­ful, diverse and unit­ed world. This is why I think Mün­ster is the right place.

Ques­tion: How would you describe life in such a city? Would you rec­om­mend your fel­low AEGEEans to vis­it such a town or to even con­sid­er to live there?
Fabi­an: Oh yes, for sure! In Mün­ster, the “world is still alright”. Even though the city is rather catholic and con­ser­v­a­tive, stu­dent life is amaz­ing!
Nihel: Total­ly! This city is so beau­ti­ful and stu­dent life here is so much fun. Peo­ple are very friend­ly and always in a good mood. I love liv­ing here. Every­one should expe­ri­ence this.

21 years ago: one of many great events of the old AEGEE-Mün­ster

Ques­tion: How did you dis­cov­er AEGEE?
Fabi­an: By join­ing the Eras­mus team. I was oblig­ed to join the board, so I was board mem­ber the day I became a mem­ber — and then found out how great it is!
Nihel (laughs): It was not pos­si­ble to miss one of Timon’s Face­book posts! They were every­where in every stu­dents’ group of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mün­ster! It sound­ed very inter­est­ing, so I decid­ed to write him. The next day I met Tim­on, Tim and some oth­er guys of AEGEE-Aachen at Lake Aasee. They told me a lot about AEGEE and showed me some videos. I was imme­di­ate­ly thrilled and want­ed to become a mem­ber of this net­work.

Fabi­an was sort of a giant in AEGEE.

Ques­tion: Fabi­an, how do you think AEGEE changed your life? And Nihel, how do you expect AEGEE to change your life?
Nihel: I am try­ing to make my con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing the world a bet­ter place, and I hope to find amaz­ing peo­ple who have the same dream in AEGEE and try to achieve it togeth­er in many dif­fer­ent ways.
Fabi­an: AEGEE changed my life in dif­fer­ent ways. First of all, I trav­elled a lot, to cities and coun­tries I would have nev­er gone to oth­er­wise, like Mace­do­nia, Roma­nia or Ukraine. I met so many amaz­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, as well as break­ing a lot of stereo­types. It gave me expe­ri­ences, which were very valu­able to find a job in con­sult­ing after my stud­ies. I still have great friend­ships with AEGEE-peo­ple, I have a net­work all over Europe. And AEGEE was a play­ground for me, in AEGEE I tried and learned how to give work­shops. By now, this is my pro­fes­sion — I am a coach and train­er, teach­ing soft skills for com­pa­nies. That would not have been pos­si­ble with­out AEGEE!

The city hall of Mün­ster in the evening sun.
Pho­to: Presseamt Mün­ster / Mün­ster­View / Hein­er Witte

Ques­tion: What was your favourite AEGEE relat­ed moment in Mün­ster so far?
Nihel: Not in Mün­ster, but the Ago­ra in Istan­bul. To feel the spir­it of AEGEE, espe­cial­ly the big applause when the new con­tacts were announced, and to see how high­ly moti­vat­ed all these peo­ple are gave me goose bumps!
Fabi­an: Orga­niz­ing my first Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. The day when 20 stu­dents from all over Europe came to Mün­ster and we were respon­si­ble to give them a great time. I loved it!

Ques­tion: How did oth­er locals help you in Mün­ster in the past and how could they help you?
Fabi­an: The Dutch locals are run very pro­fes­sion­al­ly — which is great to learn from. That helped us a lot!
Nihel: AEGEE-Osnabrück is help­ing us in every pos­si­ble way, which is just amaz­ing and we are so thank­ful! We still have to learn a lot and we appre­ci­ate any offer that reach­es us!

More about the AEGEE Con­tact in Mün­ster: Check their Face­book page!