Comm Service <3

I was typing in the details for my essay entry for NYC Shine Award. Only after I typed out everything then I realise that what I did was nothing much. It is mostly overseeing some projects that all. I was always taking up leadership role but rarely following others lead. Maybe I don’t really understand what Comm Service really is. Because every time someone ask me why I am doing this, my answer is because I like to do it and I get the sense of satisfaction.

Or maybe because i just like it to be simple and no complications at all. maybe it is just me.

Hmm maybe in the future I should take up specific roles in projects (not just comm service), so that i can train myself in that area. Then maybe I can finally find an area that I am specialised in, rather than going to interview for projects and internship and telling others that I am not sure what I am very good, except being involved in a lot of comm service work 😛

Duration of project Project name Project Description My role in the project
November 2009 – December 2009 Cambodia OCIP 2009 An overseas community service project, in collaboration with YMCA Singapore, to Battambang, Cambodia where we will educate the students on basis English, paint their new library and help to build a new basketball court for them. Project Leader (President, CJC Interact Club)Pre-execution-          Oversee all the planning process

–          Lead the Fundraising activities: making and selling of cupcakes

During execution

–          Allocate duties to team members and oversee the operations.

–          Mainly involved in painting a mural for the new library

January 2010 – February 2010 Prose for Rose A fundraising initiative for Cambodia OCIP 2010 Project Leader –          Oversee the operations

–          Allocate the booth duties to all Interact Club members

–          Involved in the collection and preparation of the roses.

–          In-charge of special orders and preparation of rose bouquets

September 2011 – June 2012 Project Nurture (under SMU Rotaract) A community service project with Admiralty Care Centre children. The theme for the year was Social Entrepreneurship Committee member–          In-charge for a handicraft session, where the children learn how to make two types of bracelets in a few simple steps.-          Source for possible ticket sponsorship from USS for the children’s day trip to USS
January 2012 – June 2012 Project Kor Koh An overseas community service project (linked to iConserve 2011, a local environmental community service project) where we will help the villagers:-          build a water irrigation system-          restore the walls of a home

–          teach English and Basis Hygiene lessons

Local Community service Leader Pre/Post-execution

–          In-charge of planning and overseeing the pre-OCSP and post-OCSP local community service project

Execution

–          In-charge of the Basis Hygiene lessons, with one of my OCSP teammate. Every morning we will gather the children in two rows and teach them how to brush their teeth properly.

–          In-charge of the distribution of donated clothes to the villagers

May 2012 – September 2012 iConserve 2012 An environmental project to educate our participants and public on some conservation tips and to build a show-flat out of recycled materials.Activities in iConserve 2012:-          Newspaper Collection Drive (on weekends)

–          3D2N Bonding Camp

–          2D1N Finale Camp

–          Post-camp Beneficiary Interaction

Vice- President–          Assisting the President and two other Vice-Presidents to oversee all the planning and execution process-          One of the liaison point between iConserve Organising Committee and Centre of Social Responsibility

August 2012 – December 2012 A Truly Magical Christmas (under SMU Red Cross) An annual external blood donation drive to collate more blood packs for future usage and recruit more regular blood donors Project Leader (Blood Donation and Donor Recruitment Director)–          Overseeing the planning and execution procedures with my co-director-
November 2012 – Present SMU Challenge 2013 (under SICS) We would collect cash and in-kind donations as well as accompany the elderly under the care of Lions’ Befrienders. Human Resources Director–          Liaison point between the Organising Committee and the Volunteers-          Liaison point between the Organising Committee and Centre for Social Responsibility

–          Recording of CSP hours for all parties involved in SMU Challenge.

–          In-charge of the welfare of the Organising Committee

March 2013 – September 2013 MOE Gift Programme 2013 A new initiative by Ministry of Education, where Undergraduates (who volunteered) would go to various Primary and Secondary Schools to Plan activities to carry out with the students of Class 1T8 in Yishun Town Secondary School-          Guide the students on how to conduct a fundraising booth to sell the organic vegetables they grew.-          Assist the teachers in getting the students to complete their homework

–          Guide the students towards achieving their aspirations and dream jobs.

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The one department that I fear to enter :P

If you know me well, then i bet you can answer this question (: The one department that i fear to enter in the most is none other than … Marketing/Creative Department!!

OMG! i nearly died of a heart attack when i got the task by Creative Head to come up with the logo, stage layout, etc. Lucky thing is that we could use pictures found from Google and other websites. So we do not really have to draw from scratch. But then I came across something… MOOD-BOARD!  What is that? I know what a storyboard is… but mood-board? Even though the Creative Head told us that we are supposed to put down how the event is supposed to look and feel. I still have ZERO clue on what I am suppose to put on the mood-board.

Seriously! if You just ask me to comment or verbally describe how I think the event would be like, I can still do that. Even if you ask me to draw the rough sketch of how the layout should be, I will be drawing boxes and arrows accompanied with a lot of text. Actually that’s what I am doing now for my  presentation later. Hope my Heads will understand what I am trying to say 😛

I <3 my SICS 6th MC

Though we made a lot of changes that would result in us getting questioned, we still bravely made the move now. I know it is not the end of the year yet, but i really want to thank my dear 6th MC for all the hard work they put in to learn the ropes within a month and give quality work for the months to come.

I generally hear people saying that we do too much, or we do unnecessary stuff, or we have too much paperwork compared to the last batch (which I am inside too). I am glad that half of the clubs in SICS can see from our point of view as to way we are doing all this and rushing everything in the start. I credit all this hard work to the LDs, who oversee all the clubs with my other VP and me, and the MC members who are friends with various Club Exco members and can talk some sense into their friends!

Well we are not sure whether all our new initiatives, like SICS week and website will be successful, but at least we tried! Jia you everyone! We are half way through our term of office. Going to handover soon(:

Realisation

After interning for a week, I start to realise that I do not like working out of a school environment. I need to be able move around and not feel that my every move is being watched. I do love planning events, but I guess I am only interested in a few types of events. Though I really dislike, maybe even hate, red-tapes, I actually prefer to work in a school environment. It just gives me a sense of security, unlike companies outside.

I will definitely treasure all the experience I can get from my internship(s) and part-time work, after I graduate, before I join C4SR. (only if Emily can make it work). If I can not join C4SR, I will look for some childcare centres or NGOs to work in. However, if that happens I guess I need to look into, “what is my expertise exactly?”.

 

In the meantime, I shall focus on giving my best for my internship. Who does not need a good appraisal for the future. (:

My First Food Trip

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Went on a food trip with Xin Ni, Xin Ying and Victor ((:

Places that we visited:

1) Chomp Chomp (New side): Fried Carrot Cake & Bread

2) Desert Bowl @ Serangoon: Durian Mousse & Mango Sago with Pamelo

3) Maxwell Food Centre: Sliced Fish Soup & Hainanese Curry Pork Rice

4) Jap Pastry Shop @ Duxton Hill: Tiramisu, Ice Cheese Tart and Green Tea Cake (forgot the actual name)

5) MovieMob @ Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal: “Fast Five” movie & Car Stunt Show

6) Bedok Food Centre: Hokkien Prawn Mee, Char Kway Teow & Chicken Wings

 

Love to go on another food trip soon ~~~