Today was a good day. Yesterday I finished my last exam for the 4th semester at Aarhus University and now I am officially ready for my two semesters abroad, as an exchange student in Queensland, Australia.
Yesterday after I finished my exam I ran in to one of my friends from the University and he shook my hand and told me goodbye. Fist I was a little surprised, but then I realized that the day was the last day for the next year that I was going to see my friends before I run off to Australia. I said a pleasant goodbye and realized that I had so many to say goodbye to or at least “see you” before I left.
Special goodbyes for special persons
Therefor I went to the university today to say goodbye to the people that have been of great help with the Thought Leader Series and school in general. I went to see my mentor for the Thought Leader Series, John Hansen, who has been great at listening and networking with me around the concept and speakers for the Thought Leader Series.
Second I went to see Camilla Rahbek of the Communication department that has been nice at both writing and doing pictures of the Thought Leader Series, and to communicate the event on the official channels of the University.
On my way around I ran in to many of both professors as well as people form the management and I got to say a friendly goodbye and wish them a good summer and a following good year.
A final special person that I own great thanks is my secretary Louise Cleve, who has been absolutely fantastic, helping me out during my time at Aarhus University. It is not last time I’m going to see Louise as I expect her to be writing my diploma when I come home for my graduation in a years’ time.
Now you are wondering why I am doing this?
One thing is that it feels really good to say thanks and see the looks in people’s faces when they get a surprising gift. These people have all been a great help and have spent a lot of their pressures time, on me and my projects. Not saying thanks would be strange.
The second thing is the networking aspect to it. All these people possess great qualities that might be needed in a future project and a little extraordinary thank and a goodbye is my belief; will stand out as a good memory that will be remembered.
Don’t be cold and only do things for the networking aspect of it, but appreciate that you have wonderful people around you that care to help and involve themselves in your projects. These are the people you shall collect and respect because those are the persons that become valuable for you on a personal level as well as a professional level.
Thanks to all teachers, staff, mentors, students, management, that has been involved in my two year stay at Aarhus University. I am very thankful and look forward to be seeing you again for the graduation in 2012.