A girl, who makes ESN VMU events look exceptional, because this is her hobby, her passion and her talent. Designs which you could start noticing in the sky of ESN Lithuania since the September, 2011 then the final PRIME conference was organized in Vilnius and a sudden need of a person, who could make a final flyer for the event, emerged. Probably that is the time then IG designs came into the light for us.

Already 1,5 years passed away after that event, but Indrė Gutauskaitė is still with us. After creating logo of ESN VMU, badges/diplomas for national events, numerous posters for the section. So maybe the time came to get to know better what do precious designs hide.  Few questions from ESN Lithuania to ESN design pioneer Indrė!  

What was your first impression you recall about ESN in Lithuania?  

To join the organization I was encouraged by my friend, who saw that I am always aware of the new challenges, which I could accept and in that way find an opportunity to express myself. At the time I was still involved in the activities of other organizations, but ESN attracted me by the unique opportunity to directly work with international students through mentorship program and other projects, where I could see myself as a possible useful help and support. Then I was also thinking about my future participation in Erasmus program, so I realized, that it is a great chance to better get to know other cultures while I was still here, in Lithuania. And as I was thinking before joining, so I do know – I still can describe ESN as a strong, youthful, focused organization gathering friendly people.     

Why have you decided to devote your time and talents for ESN?  

I always try to show off in the areas, I think, I have what to show. Because of the reason that at the time I’ve joined ESN VMU, they were in need of the person who could implement certain tasks, which I was able to, I agreed to do so.   How did you discover designing hobby?

I suppose it has started already in the childhood, when I used to draw with a hand and all the stands and posters in the school were made by me. After joining university paper was changed by a computer with various graphic design programs. Self-reliant lessons and creative surge, which was always with me – it was everything what did I need to start working in this area. What is true, that until today, I haven’t finished any studies or courses related to that, so I still have a long way to go. So for now it’s just a hobby.  

Where do you find an inspiration for your works?

It depends on the topic and the variety of the ideas for the specific task, which I am asked to realize. I never want to create anything what I have seen before. Generally I try to unveil the main idea and after that continue everything that later spectators (most of them, because you cannot please everybody) could enjoy it visually.  
 
What would be the first step for the person, who would love to learn to work with graphic designs?
 
Just to be creative, have ideas (even sometimes I also do feel lack of them) and learn how to work with one or another graphic design program, what anyone can do.   
 
Did ESN help you to improve your skills? In what ways?  
 
It is certain that working with every design I learn things I didn’t know before. So for me it is a self-education in this area and an escape from my Economics and finance studies in Vytautas Magnus University at the same time.   Because of the reason that this organization has always been a sign of quality for me, I was trying that my works for it would also look professional and quality. What helped me to create my portfolio, which I hope to be useful for my future plans related to studies or work in the field of graphic design. 
 
Which is your favorite work you have done for ESN so far?

I am happy that logo of ESN VMU, which I have created, is valued and appreciated. I managed to hear some rumors that not only in local, but also national and international levels of ESN. While working on it I was trying that to make a logo, which could expose the section of my university the best and I think that I’ve succeeded. So this my most favorite work from all I have ever done for ESN VMU. I also do hope that all members of ESN could say the same.  

Thank you, Indre, for your thoughts! More works of IG designs might be found HERE.

 

When ESN VMU was approved as the OC of the following National Platform not everyone wanted to leave the capital and move to Kaunas for these few days, but seems that hard work, consistent planning and united team fulfilled their promise that there will be No Problems in Kaunas from 1st to the 2nd of December.

Second NP in Kaunas during the history of ESN Lithuania brought together more than 50 active members including and the first Chair of NP in ESN Lithuania’s history. It was Orinta Movsesjan who bravely stood in front of everyone and kept the right order. Therefore at the end of the NP all the sections approved that CT should be elected for every single NP. One more step forward a better work quality was made continuing with the fact that even 6 different workshops were organized by 6 different members of the NB covering the topics from visual identity and marketing finishing with the basics of HTML code. 

Besides that during winter NP much more various information about present projects, outcomes of recent activities and future plans were presented. Kristina Selezniova (present SE LT coordinator) gladly represented visible SocialErasmus improvement in Lithuania, which might be followed on the new SE Lithuania page. Sandra Rimavičiūtė (present ESN LT Project Coord.) talked about the Sea Battle 2012 Fall and about the better level which this project has reached even with plans to organize a Responsible Party in the following SB. Gintarė Vaiginytė (present ESN LT president) together with Augustė (ESN Vilnius University) explained about the new action plan for the reviving project Invest in Lithuania, which is starting from the following February. Later on it was followed by the presentation of Being a Jew, which is officially starting already from this Sunday. Many other topics related to Responsible Party, CEP Graz 2012 and even new partners were covered. 

Apart of that many other opportunities for the members of ESN Lithuania’s networks was offered. One of them – Eduk8, which is inviting to participate all the potential future trainers on almost any topic. In the past workshops have been organised on topics like effective communication, team building and leadership, constructive feedback and conflict management. Also members were encouraged to join international committees of ESN and use opportunities to Reach out for more – go international!

While trying to improve skills of ESN members international students mustn’t be forgotten as well, that’s why the idea brought back from CEP Graz 2012 to participate in ESN Olympics were presented for the NP and approved by 8 from 9 sections, who were present on 2-nd day of NP. International students should start practicing their running, swimming, soccer skills, because already this spring they will be invited to Poland to show the best they can and ESN Lithuania will be there for them with all the help to win the gold!

From activities for international students to Corporal Identity of ESN, to energizers and even development of future ESN Lithuania with inclusion of strong Alumni role. Presentation made by ESN VGTU Alumni Julius Zaburas offered to appoint 5 places for Alumni in every single NP together with the right to choose and approve the participants themselves. Moreover, creation of Alumni network was initiated with more results soon to come. 

NP finished, members left motivated and prepared to seek for more goals, which might be shared with the entire Lithuanian network in the following NP, which will take place in ESN ISM for the first time since the establishment of the section. Expectations are high, so what is left it is only to wish that after the ESN LT NP Spring 2013 the survey giving the feedback about the event would show the same as it does now, that it was “amazing! Thank you, guys!”. Thank you for being together! ESN unites. 

 By Sandra Baltkojytė.

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