Student associations offer a way to overcome apathy and develop valuable life skills
I am writing to share my personal experience as the vice-president of Cheung Chuk Shan College Students’ Association, to encourage students to participate in school and community affairs.
Hong Kong students are often known for being inactive or sometimes apathetic to the world around them. Apart from working diligently on assignments and exams, I believe students have tremendous potential and could be passionate about contributing to and serving their families, schools and communities. Although school life can sometimes be stressful and difficult, students might discover that engaging in community affairs is a worthwhile experience.
Taking part in a students’ association or other student bodies are perfect channels for acquiring life skills. When students are granted autonomy to pursue their goals and initiatives, they benefit greatly. Developing communication and leadership skills and honing language abilities can be an added advantage for young people in their further studies and future career planning.
Participating in school governance by being a student representative is a unique experience, especially the art of appealing to voters. Elections for the students’ association can be a platform for educating students on the importance of critical thinking and citizenship.
As representatives, we often voice our opinions and promote constructive discussions on how improvements can be made. For instance, organising a golden jubilee carnival at our school was a memorable experience, during which we learned about fundraising, searching for sponsors and applying for licences.
Engaging in public affairs gives teenagers a sense that we are part of society and that our participation is essential if we want to bring about change.
Anfield Tam, Quarry Bay