BEAN Official Launch Event!

Posted On Nov 17th, 2018

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On the 10th of August, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the BEANetwork’s sold out official launch event, which was hosted by Baker and McKenzie. The Black Excellence Abroad Network (BEAN) was founded earlier this year by Jennifer (@jennieebabie) and Aurianne (@auriannex) to promote the awareness and representation of black students undertaking study and work placements abroad. After feeling that there was an under representation of black students going abroad and that there was no community for black students to seek advice, exchange tips about their university experiences abroad…BEAN was created to do just that!

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Having studied abroad for my entire degree, I immediately knew that I wanted to get involved with BEAN whether it was through blogging, mentoring, or simply attending future networking events; as I know how rewarding and unforgettable my experience was studying in France and Australia.

In the lead up to the launch event, the BEAN team invited me to be a guest speaker to share my experiences as a black student abroad, which I was more than happy to do. However, I did feel nervous about doing it as it had been a looooong time since I had done any public speaking. I remember messaging Aurianne the day before the event telling her how nervous I was feeling. Whenever I feel nervous or anxious about something, I can literally feel heavy lumps in my stomach which don’t disappear until the nerves go away.

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My nerves completely disappeared on the day, once I arrived at the venue, and was greeted by the lovely BEAN team, other guest speakers and attendees of the event. My presentation probably lasted about 15 minutes but it went by so quickly, and I remember feeling a lot more confident coming off the stage than I did getting on. As someone who had been feeling nervous days before the launch event, I felt ready and prepared to do another presentation as soon as mine was over.

It was so refreshing to hear about the experiences of other study abroad alumni that were both very similar to mine and completely different. During the event, a panel discussion was held where the following topics were discussed: the perceptions of black people in various destinations, making friends abroad, getting settled, being away from home, managing finances and many more topics. This was a perfect opportunity for the attendees to ask any questions they had and get true responses from students who had recently completed their student exchange programmes. Not only was the event filled with insightful discussions, ice-breakers were played and there were lots of tasty snacks and drinks !

In the UK, there are increasingly more businesses, networks and organisations that exist and are catered to meet the needs, wants and interests of black people within our community. Whether it’s a need for entertainment, cuisine, beauty, vocational advice, podcasts, support groups etc.. there will always be a black individual out there wanting to create something for the benefit of other black people. I believe that it’s up to us to promote those who constantly work towards achieving this, so that they can continue to grow and spread the benefits and positivity which they can bring to us. There are so many resources out there and people that can help out with things, it’s up to each individual to use those fully use the resources that are available to them. 

So make sure that you follow the BEANetwork on Twitter and check out thebeanetwork.com so that you can be up to date with all of their projects and events.  Who knows, you may see them visit your university or school in the near future. If you know any sixth formers, 1st year and 2nd year students thinking about studying or working abroad in the future, direct them to towards BEAN and they can be sure to receive the best tips from the team! 

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P.S If you have any questions in regards to my study abroad experience, don’t hesitate to drop me a twitter dm @Estrella8_ or email at estrelladrifts@gmail.com

Estrella

Le 10 aoĂ»t, j’ai eu le plaisir d’ĂŞtre l’un des confĂ©renciers invitĂ©s au lancement officiel du BEANetwork (Black Excellence Abroad Network) accueillit par Baker et McKenzie. Le BEAN a Ă©tĂ© fondĂ© antĂ©rieurement cette annĂ©e par Jennifer (@jennieebabie) et Aurianne (@auriannex) afin de promouvoir la sensibilisation et la reprĂ©sentation des Ă©tudiants noirs entreprenant des Ă©tudes et des stages d’entreprise Ă  l’Ă©tranger. Après avoir eu le sentiment qu’il y avait une sous-reprĂ©sentation d’Ă©tudiants noirs se rendant Ă  l’Ă©tranger et qu’il n’y avait pas de comitĂ© oĂą les Ă©tudiants noirs pouvaient demander et Ă©changer des conseils sur leurs expĂ©riences universitaires Ă  l’Ă©tranger … BEAN a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă© pour faire exactement cela!

IMG-20180809-WA0007Ayant étudié à l’étranger durant l’ensemble de mon diplôme, j’ai immédiatement su que je voulais participer à BEAN, que ce soit en tant que bloggeur, mentor ou simplement en tant que assistante à leurs futurs événements car je sais combien mon expérience en tant qu’étudiante en France et en Australie a été enrichissante et inoubliable.

Pour le lancement de cet Ă©vènement, l’équipe BEAN m’a invitĂ© en tant que intervenante  pour partager mon expĂ©rience en tant qu’étudiante noire Ă  l’étranger, j’étais ravi de le faire. HonnĂŞtement, je me sentais nerveuse Ă  l’idĂ©e de participer Ă  un tel Ă©vènement car cela faisait très longtemps que jen’ avaispasparlĂ© en public. Je me souviens d‘avoir envoyĂ© un message Ă  Aurianne la veille pour lui dire Ă  quel point j’Ă©tais nerveuse. Quand je me sens nerveuse ou anxieuse Ă  propos de quelque chose, je peux ressentir cette sensation d’oppression dans mon ventre, qui ne disparait pas tant que les nerfs ne s’en vont pas.

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DĂ©s que j’ai Ă©tĂ© accueilli par l’équipe charmante BEAN, d’autres confĂ©renciers invitĂ©s et les participants, cette sensation d’anxiĂ©tĂ© a complètement disparu. Ma prestation orale Ă  probablement durĂ© environ 15 minutes, tous c’est passĂ© très vite et je me souviens avoir pris plus confiance en moi en sortant de la scène. Le fait de parler devant devant un public m’a rĂ©ellement donnĂ© confiance en moi.

C’Ă©tait tellement enrichissant d’entendre les expĂ©riences d’autres anciens Ă©tudiants Ă  l’Ă©tranger qui avaient vĂ©cu une expĂ©rience plus ou moins similaires Ă  la mienne. Au cours de l’évĂ©nement, une session de discussion a Ă©tĂ© organisĂ©e et les sujets suivants ont Ă©tĂ© abordĂ©s: les perceptions des noirs dans diverses destinations, se faire des amis Ă  l’étranger, s’installer, s’éloigner de la maison, gĂ©rer les finances et bien d’autres questions. Ce fut une occasion parfaite pour les participants de poser des questions et d’obtenir de vraies rĂ©ponses d’Ă©tudiants ayant rĂ©cemment terminĂ© leur programme d’Ă©change. L’Ă©vĂ©nement a non seulement Ă©tĂ© rempli de discussions intĂ©ressante, mais aussi de brise-glace on Ă©tĂ© jouĂ©e et de  savoureuse collations et boissons distribuĂ©s !

Au Royaume-Uni, il existe de plus en plus d’entreprises, de rĂ©seaux et d’organisations qui rĂ©pondent aux besoins, aux dĂ©sirs et aux intĂ©rĂŞts des personnes noirs de peau au sein de notre communautĂ©. Qu’il s’agisse d’un besoin en terme de divertissement, de cuisine, de beautĂ©, de groupes de conseils professionnels, de «podcasts » de groupes de soutien, etc., il y aura toujours une personne noir qui voudra crĂ©er quelque chose qui bĂ©nĂ©ficiera Ă  d’autres jeunes de la communautĂ© noir. Je pense que c’est Ă  nous les jeunes noir de promouvoir ceux qui travaillent sans relâche Ă  la rĂ©alisation de cet objectif, afin qu’ils puissent continuer Ă  se dĂ©velopper et Ă  diffuser les avantages et la positivitĂ© qu’ils peuvent nous apporter. Il existe une multitude de ressources et de personnes pouvant apporter leur aide, il incombe Ă  chaque personne de les utiliser pleinement.

Assurez-vous de suivre BEANetwork sur Twitter et de consulter thebeanetwork.com pour être au courant de tous leurs projets et événements. Qui sait, vous les verrez peut-être visiter votre université ou votre école dans un avenir proche. Si vous connaissez des lycéens, et/ou étudiants en L1 ou L2 qui envisagent d’étudier ou de travailler à l’étranger, dirigez-les vers BEAN et soyez assurés de recevoir les meilleurs conseils de l’équipe!

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Si vous avez des questions concernant mon expĂ©rience d’Ă©tudes Ă  l’Ă©tranger, n’hĂ©sitez pas Ă  m’envoyer un message via twitter @Estrella8_ ou par mail Ă  estrelladrifts@gmail.com

 

Estrella

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