Name: Tou Da Hui
Course: 1st Year Mechanical Engineering
Proposer: Andy Ting Wei Onn (2nd Year Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Seconder: Girrja Mohandass (2nd Year Mechanical Engineering)
Run-down Position: None
Family. I bet this is the main reason why we all are in Msoc. It gives us a sense of belonging. It is our sanctuary from all the work which comes with being an Imperial student. It makes those thousands of miles between us and home seem like just a number. It gave me something which I never thought I could find on this chilly foreign soil – family warmth. Hence, it would be a great honour to be able to commit myself fully as the president to this household which I love so much. My vision for Msoc would be for us to progress as how a family does. If elected, I intend to:
a. Work closely with the treasurer and the external liaison officer to secure at least two additional sponsors with funding totaling to 3000 pounds. Just as how the head of the family ensures that his household is financially stable, I aim to add another layer of security to our financial state. I agree the previous committee has done a terrific job on securing an abundance of financial support and I plan on maintaining that. However, problems will arise if our platinum sponsor were to pull out, which would set us back tremendously. Hence, the additional funds would be an adequate amount to off-set the setback should it really happen.
b. Empower individuals by creating opportunities for members to build up their personal portfolio. Our parents provide us with education in preparations for us to take on challenges imposed by reality. CIPTA is an excellent initiative which could benefit members in terms of the various roles it has to offer. Members can actively participate by taking up committee positions within CIPTA related to whichever aspect they wish to engage themselves in. I also intend to expand the committee size of Msoc by introducing a special task force. Not only does this provide members more personal development opportunities, but also a flexible workforce for the Msoc committee, enabling them to effectively distribute their workload.
c. Increase networking between members and external parties, whilst maintaining existing relationships. The success of a family depends significantly on its connections and relations both within and outside the house. I believe the best way to bring people together without professional means is through sports. Sports Day is definitely a profiting effort in terms of improving relations between the seniors and juniors. Furthermore, I plan to work closely with the Sports Secretary and the External Liaison Officer to organize, for whichever sports possible, training sessions with Malaysian societies of other London universities every alternate week.
d. More buddy family related events. I mean, what is a family without social or recreational activities? As soon as the buddy family system is introduced, I aim to hold a social event involving buddy families, such as a casual sports day. This is to integrate freshers into the Msoc family as early as possible. Moreover, I also plan to organize a weekend getaway trip to the outskirts of London mid-autumn term. The purpose of this getaway trip is mainly to reduce the stress levels of members which comes with being an Imperial student.
I understand life in Imperial never gets easier, and even more so when you are the president of a society. However, with prior leadership experience from being the president of my high school scout troop as well as the treasurer of MCKL’s student council, I am confident in my ability to balance between academic and societal responsibilities. The road ahead of a president may be challenging and unchartered, but I believe with the support of the other committee members, we can definitely bring new life and experience into this family we all love.