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 Note: Only applicable to Special Term Internships documented with modules FAS2551 and FAS2553. 

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FSLA Feature: Benjamin Lau, President, 55th Management Commitee of the NUS Economics Society


 

Could you tell us about your work as Economics President (any new initiatives you led) and your motivations for initiating it?

When I first took up the mantle for the 55th Management Committee of NUS Economics Society, I realised the society could be doing so much more for the students. I recruited a larger, more robust team (of nearly 30 people). Some of the projects I initiated was the Student Dialogue - where senior students can give advice to junior ones, and the Economics Japan Trip - where a group of economics students went to Japan and did an immersion.

 

What was the impact of your project?

I believe the impact of the 55th Committee remains today. When I look at the website of the Society, I still see similar teams, carrying out similar projects on a similar scale! I am proud that my committee laid the groundwork and I can only see greater heights reached for the future batches.

 

What challenges did you face while working on it and what motivated you to keep going?

One of the challenges I faced was managing morale. I was by far no where near a good leader. I remember sending one of my Assistant Vice Presidents a long and harsh text, which to be honest, I forgot the reason for. However, my peers in the committee are understanding and gave me a chance - I am proud to say that I am really good friends with that AVP today :)

 

Are there any other projects you have worked/are working on?

Since I stepped down from the society, I have in fact stepped up to serve at the national level. I currently serve as the Vice Chairman of the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) Youth Wing, a position I have held to this day. It has always been a pleasure to help bright and driven Economics students all over Singapore reach their goals, and I am happy to be in a position that can make it happen.

 

What are your fondest memories of NUS?

My journey in NUS Economics Society started out in Economics Camp (Freshman orientation), and Econs Camp will always be in a special place in my heart. Being a freshman in 2016, and stepping up to be the Project Director in 2017. Whenever I look back at the photos of the camps I attended, nostalgia inevitably fills my soul. I made the best friends during camp and if I could turn back time - I would do it all over again.

 

What have you been up to since you stepped down as President?

I've been preparing myself to enter the workforce! Since stepping down, I have in the fixed income team at SGX, and am currently interning at the fixed income syndicate team at DBS.

FSLA Feature: Pamela Low, Founder of Tingkat Heroes


 

Could you tell us about Tingkat Heroes and your motivations for initiating it?

My project had a simple objective of reducing waste at NUS. I went for exchange in Germany in AY1617 Semester 2 and living like a local, bring my own grocery bag (as they charge for plastic bags), having the chance to take a module on Energy Law in the European Union (although I was an Economics student!) made me acutely aware of my consumption habits and appreciate how important it was to be live more responsibly and sustainably.

Coming back home, I was frustrated with the rampant use of disposables and plastic bags. I started bringing my own bottle and containers to takeaway food, but I was still unhappy with the status quo. One night, I reflected and decided I could turn my frustration into constructive proposals. I wrote to the NUS President, Prof Tan Eng Chye, on what could be done to reduce disposables use at NUS. I committed myself to a long term journey.

 

What was the impact of your project?

I organised NUS first Zero Waste Fest in January 2018 at The Deck and worked with the fruit juice uncle to implement a disposable charge on disposable cups. He also brought in reusable cups to support the initiative. Uncle shared candidly that he appreciated when people drink fruit juice from a glass cup and bringing that back was meaningful to him. He used to provide glass cups in the first 35 years of his operations but made the switch to plastic cup in part, due to fast culture. I worked with OES and OCA on the above initiatives, I am grateful for the support I received from he management. When we implemented the charge on disposables, patrons chose reusables more often, showing how effective a charge can be as opposed to a subsidy (similar to what I experience in Germany with plastic bags)

I also worked with OHS to remove the use of disposables in the halls & residences, they even provided residents their own set of reusables in the welcome package for AY1819.

I knew I wanted to change policies to achieve impact at scale, and am glad to have contributed. 

 

What challenges did you face while working on it and what motivated you to keep going?

I did all these in my last semester of school, hence balancing my thesis, being a teaching assistant and all the ground work I had to do, running around getting approvals, convincing partners and decision makers to come onboard my initiative was not easy. What motivated me were the enlightened leaders I got to work with and knowing I was not alone in pushing for a more sustainable campus.

 

Are there any recent developments or updates to your project?

Since I graduated, I have also organised a Sustainability Camp for the public, a charity Christmas dinner with would-be food waste in partnership with MasterChef Zander Ng, TreeDots and DBS, facilitated for the environment version of Youth Convo (by MCCY and NYC), was on a panel discussion with Minister Masagos for an event by Eurasian Association and NUS first eco-fest in January 2019!

 

Are there any other projects you have worked/are working on?

Now I am curating new content and partnerships on my Instagram @tingkats.sg, where most of my initiatives are documented :)

I got a scholarship to attend Smith School Enterprise and the Environment Summer School (University of Oxford) in July 2019 and I am looking forward to it!

 

What are your fondest memories of NUS?

Leading the rugby team, staying in Temasek and Eusoff hall and Deck YTF! 

 

What have you been up to since you graduated from NUS?

I am working at Sentosa Development Corporation now and will be embarking on my Masters in Environmental Management come August 2019 at NUS.

 

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