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Looking Forward and Looking Back

Written on January 5, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

The IE USA Club is ready for 2016 and our members are already tossing around some great ideas for events and networking opportunities in the coming year. While we look forward however, we also look back at the previous year we spent together in Madrid. We’ve had some amazing times, lots of new members, great memories, and even learned a few things along the way. Here’s a quick snapshot of the IE USA Club in 2015:

● The club added 72 new active members in 2015! In 2016 we’re looking to see if the incoming classes can top that!
● We’ve learned from two events that didn’t quite materialize the way we hoped. But we also learned that sometimes it’s OK to just have a casual gettogether among friends rather than organize a big formal event.
● We’ve also hosted or cohosted 6 club events and contributed as a club to other school events like the famous Global Village. In 2016, perhaps we’ll see some of these turn into regular practice.
● My personal favorite is how we’ve connected personally and helped one another within our club. We’ve had members help one another with moving flats, securing visa appointments, making career connections, changing money, and just finding their way around IE.

All in all a club experience is what you make of it and I’m really happy to look back at 2015 and say confidently that our club was a fantastic group to be a part of at IE.

Of course there may be some things each of us would do differently last year and that’s a good sign: it means we’re learning and growing and becoming better people, and better groups. As 2016 quickly approaches, I’m excited about how the IE USA club will grow and evolve and I look forward to welcoming all the new members arriving with the new programs!

A Really BIG Thank You!

As we approach the end of another calendar year, the USA club looks back on 2015 with an attitude of appreciation. The help and support of so many people enabled our club to celebrate the events and activities of 2015 and we are truly grateful. So with a warm heart, we’d like to thank the following groups and people for their dedication and generous contributions of time and expertise during 2015:

● Each and every one of our 100+ active members including graduate and undergraduate students, partners, as well as exchange students. We love hanging out with you all!
● Our alumni and staff members that continue to be involved in club communications and events. Some of us will be joining your ranks very soon.
● The American Club of Madrid for inviting our student members to join them at Roll Madrid for a wonderful 4th of July celebration.
● The IE Canadian Club and specifically Maryse for help coordinate a superfun Canada+USA pancake celebration. We loooove that beautiful sweet syrup our northern neighbors share with us!
● All the students who helped our club prepare for Global Village especially those who prepared food or volunteered at the booth as well as the Global Village coordination team for helping us prepare and contribute to a great intercultural event.
● Susan, Rimpal, Anuiska, John, and Jose who helped students coordinate for Thanksgiving even when schedules became a challenge.
● IE Campus Life for continued support and another great year together!
● The IE North American team and especially Felicia and Cora who have joined us and supported our club on several occasions.
● Our incoming Club Coordinators Susan and Rimpal. We know you’ll be fantastic leaders for our club this year!

The IE USA club coordinators would especially like to thank all these individuals and groups for your efforts. Serving as a coordinator can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming with all the hustle and bustle and business we all live at IE. It’s only with the help of our community that as a club we are able to pull of fun events so from the bottom of our heart Thank you!

You are the fuel for a wonderful community and we have loved working with your this year! All the best as you head into 2016!!

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