First of all, to all the first-time visitors, you will find this post (and many others before this) being very random and usually not in any way related to one another. Furthermore.. stories behind the individual post are not usually mentioned.
Well, in this case, I can tell you.. I put 1+ tablespoon of instant coffee in my mug. HYPED! XD~
I don’t think I mentioned anything about moving to Sydney last year, going back to Jakarta in June and studying in London from last month.. but anyway, hey fellows, I’m in London!
Last night I was supposed to attend a meeting to help a friend, Dorothy, who is running as a candidate for the president of (Indonesian Student Association) PPI London 2014/15. I wasn’t feeling very well, so I didn’t show up. My dear man, who got somehow dragged into the campaign because of me, also ditched the meeting to accompany me (sorry guys :p) and out of curiosity he asked:
“Why do you want to help Dorothy?”
At first it seemed to me like the answer would be obvious.. I mean, why wouldn’t I..?? But he asked, so maybe it’s not that obvious.. and it’s explicable, because I’ve only known her for a couple of weeks. I know Nicholas, the other candidate, merely 1-2 hour(s) earlier.. haha. So why would I sacrifice my time and put such effort in helping her?
My one-line reason would be the generic “I truly believe she can bring the necessary changes and significant improvements.”
If you’re still reading, allow me to elaborate:
Like any organization*, PPI London is not flawless. Understandably, there are many many lacks, defects and loopholes that you can point out, and the candidates could then put this on their mission statements. But why Dorothy? To understand my point of view, you must first look at both of the candidates’ CV. Having met both candidates in person, I personally think that Dorothy is better in terms of communication and diplomacy skills, and is more knowledgeable of the issues present in PPI London.
How could she..? Nicholas is part of the 2013/14 team; he should know better, right?
Yes, he is indeed a committee. But the fact that there are ‘negative legacies’ that have not been ‘fixed’ or even made better indicates that they are not aware of the issues. Again, this is understandable, given their (comparably) lack of exposure to how other student associations are run. Or maybe he, personally, didn’t have the power since he was just a member. Even so, I did not find the issues worthy of highlighting present in his mission statements and programs, but is there in Dorothy’s. Thus, I would argue that Dorothy is better in critically assessing the situation. The giant example:
The demography changed.
While previously London had always been dominated by undergrads, this year the to-be masters and doctors are way way more thanks to scholarship bodies, and it’s very likely to at least balance the numbers. Postgrads were outnumbered; they are normally not involved in PPI London, either because they are ignorant or they are ignored.. or maybe both. I heard that the organisation has not been paying attention to that, though. They don’t even have the database of who their ‘family members’ are. So it isn’t a wonder that they don’t even realize it.
Why does it matter? Well, master student only have 1 year to fully experience London. Naturally, we run at a different pace with the undergrads who have 3-4 years. Simply said, we expect a lot of things to happen. We are more demanding. :p
Some people might become defensive and see it as a war between the postgrads and undergrads, but that’s not true. In fact, with more efficiently organized and jam-packed agenda, EVERYONE has the chance to hop in or opt out when they feel like it. You have more options.
And dude.. i know some of you look at us postgrads like serious grandpas who don’t know how to have fun. Trust me, we are spending enough time with lectures, articles, books and journals; when we’re out there, WE WANT TO MINGLE AND HAVE FUN TOO. and damn it we’re not that old. (or we would deny it anyway)
So why Dorothy?
1. Dorothy approached me. Not directly, at first, but that just proves that she and her team is willing to listen and thus..
2. Dorothy understands the issues better,
3. Dorothy has more experience and thus knows how to solve them.
However, having said this, I didn’t mean to say that Nicholas do not possess the ability to do this. I believe he does have the potential; he’s a good guy with good will and he’s friendly too. And yes, Dorothy already has an excellent CV with flying colours.. we should probably give Nicholas a chance in building his. But given that PPI London has been a mess for quite some time (this is my opinion, you may not agree, but sorry not sorry :p), it’s about time to change. Let Dorothy set the bar at the proper height.
Disclaimer: In case you didn’t notice, I’m writing this in my own blog, representing no one else’s but my own view. I may have missed a few points as it took longer than i imagined to write this and my caffeine has gone down the stream. This writing is indeed subjective. But of course, feel free to disagree and convince me 🙂
* Yes, face it guys, PPI London is an organization and you cannot run it like.. ah well.. you know.