1. Can you please introduce yourself (who are you, where are you from, what do you study)?
My name is Mirka, I come from a little town called Lučenec, I'm about to turn 23 and have just finished my bachelor's in Japanese at Comenius University. I'm starting my master's in Vienna in October in East Asian Economy and Society.
2. How long have you been a member of ESN and what were your roles before becoming active in the international world of ESN?
I joined ESN Comenius University in 2014 as an Active Member and worked my way up to then so-called PR Coordinator position (now Communication Manager) and subsequently the Vice-President position.
3. What is your position within ComCom and how long have you been doing it?
I am a fresh Corporate Identity Team Coordinator, I have just started at this position during summer. Until then, I had been just a regular team member.
4. Can you describe your main tasks and responsibilities?
My team is all about making sure ESN is represented correctly and that is in terms of visuals, meaning whether or not they follow our Visual Identity Manual (VIM for short) and then in terms of what message is being sent to the public. No inappropriate behavior is to be connected with ESN. We are here to teach people about the do's and don'ts. As the Team Coordinator, my job is specified in the name itself - I coordinate. I coordinate the team members, the team calls, the tasks, the connection between the Chairing Team and my team etc.. Our projects include the network screening, various workshops, new section monitoring and we are also always ready to answer any and every question regarding VIM and the ESN brand that comes in our way.
5. Can you describe some other interesting tasks on which ComCom is working on?
ComCom is the biggest ESN committee and is made of eight teams; Social Media, Press, Video, Proofreading, Corporate Identity, Promotions, Gadgets, Graphics. Each team is working on their own projects but also offers help and services to the network and individual sections. For example, if you want a new logo, just let the Graphics Team know. If you need some documents in English checked, the Proofreading Team is here for you. If you want to know more, there are always ComCom Small Sessions at the international events (such as the upcoming CEP) or just ask me or any other ComComeleon you know. The Green Army is always happy to answer your questions.
6. What was your most valuable experience connected to being in ComCom so far?
You get to experience the international level and your work is often affecting the whole network. It's an amazing opportunity to grow. It naturally comes with a whole lot of responsibility but it is also very much rewarding.
7. What were the most challenging tasks that you had to deal with?
The time-management is very tricky as anyone in ESN knows, I'm sure. As the TC I have to work with my team closely without actually meeting them and that is something very different from the section and national level.
8. Have you attended any international events related to ComCom? If so, which ones and what was the best about them?
ComCom has two meetings in a year - one in winter and one in summer. My first meeting was in Lisbon in January 2016 and then I helped to organise the summer one in Bratislava in June/July. To illustrate what is best about them, let me link you to two videos that were made during the mentioned meetings: Video 1 and Video 2. Judge for yourself ;)
9. What is your message for people who can’t decide whether to join ComCom or not?
If you are a motivated ESNer, there shouldn't even be a question about joining the committees or project teams, it's just what you do in order to grow within the network but most importantly in order to grow as an individual. ESN offers a wide range of committees and projects to work for so I'm certain you can find yourself in one or even more than one of them. And then one day we might even see you in the International Board leading the network, who knows ;)