Friday afternoon, iStudent organized a farewell dinner on campus for all volunteers who will soon graduate from HiMolde to honor their commitment to the student community.
By RAPHAELA OSSBERGER and BENJAMIN MOEYERSONS (photo)
“Tusen hjertelig takk!“
With these grateful words HiMolde’s rector Steinar Kristoffersen concluded his speech to around 30 students who gathered in the canteen for a fancy dinner. But they were not just any students; they were students who have been dedicating a considerable part of their lives over the last two or more years to the student community at Høgskolen i Molde. This by being active members in one or several of the student organizations. In appreciation for their efforts, iStudent invited them for a final dinner with burgers and chocolate cake.
In his speech, Steinar Kristoffersen emphasized the importance of being a volunteer: “You should write that in your CV as a very relevant experience for your future life. It makes you stand out, and you should really highlight that!” Another benefit he mentioned was the importance of the friendships and communities that are created and intensified by being part of a student organization.
As visible sign for the appreciation for their commitment, each volunteer was called to the stage and received a certificate from iStudent and a white rose as remembrance for the time at the university in the City of Roses.
For the students this event was one of the last ones as active members of HiMolde’s student community and thus a nice opportunity to meet again and talk about current thesis topics, plans for the future, or simply to wallow in the memories about their time spent together in one of the student organizations.
For most students, the dinner was probably not a “farewell” but rather a “see you soon” event – because just as rector Steinar Kristoffersen said, the friendships established though the student organizations will last.