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Advertorial : SIM student week 2013 packs a punch
It was a rewarding experience for student Wong Yu Hao who had to strike a balance between juggling studies and organizing a Major Highlight of SIM Student Week 2013, which is the flash mob dance performance.
“The key challenge I faced was the recruitment of dancers. I had to ramp up on my publicity efforts and maintain relations, to ensure the dancers attend the training sessions and eventually turn up for the big day” says Yu Hao, a final year student studying the RMIT University’s Bachelor of Business ( Marketing ) at SIM Global Education ( SIM GE ).
The SIM Student Week 2013 is an annual event which showcases the variety of SIM Student Councils and clubs. Held from 23th September, 2013 to 26th September, 2013 this year, the four – day event served as a platform for clubs to recruit; promote upcoming events and showcase their talents through stage games, fringe activities and performances.
The flash mob dance was performed at SIM Atrium two weeks prior to Student Week as a form of promotion. A total of 50 SIM freshmen and students from various clubs took part in the performance.
When asked how the idea of a flash mob dance was conceived, Yu Hao says “During a leadership camp, ideas were generated during the sharing session together with the Executive Committee representatives from various clubs. Tapping on the ideas and concepts from the session, the main committee identified flash mob as the best idea.”
With that in mind, Yu Hao and the other students started recruiting dancers. Recruitment messages were posted on social media platforms like Facebook and various clubs’ website.
“Dancers were also recruited through referral and word of mouth,” says Yu Hao. “It took us approximately 1.5 months from conceptualization to the big day.”
Apart from the flash mob dance performance, a major highlight of SIM Student Week 2013 was the opening act – a parade on campus by the student councils and various clubs like the Dancesport and String Ensemble. The clubs cheered and sang. Many of them used props like dustbins and sticks to raise noise and draw crowds.
Other activities seen at the SIM Student Week 2013 were stage performances, a charity bazaar and a photo booth. Many student clubs set up booths to promote their clubs. Some of them include AIESEC@SIM ( a youth – driven organization which focuses on youth leadership development ), International Student Club, Dragonboat and DreamWerkz ( a dance group ).
The theme to this event is “Voyage”, which symbolises the holistic education journey SIM GE offers to its students.
This is evident as Yu Hao mentioned one of the event’s key learning points is “developing initiatives is the most important aspect of leadership”.
Another Indian student, Sakshi Jain, who is currently a student from University of London’s Bachelor of Science ( Honours ) in Economics & Finance, says the event has given her the opportunity to hone her people management skills and networking skills. As an active Executive Committee Member of the SIM Photography Club, she helped out at the event’s photo booth and participated in the parade.
In fact, SIM GE helps students to gain global vision by offering students a full spectrum of opportunities through various overseas exposure. From acquiring global perspectives on academic exchanges to building networks for the future, opportunities abound beyond the classroom. Some students were given opportunities to do Community Projects in Nepal, while others went on a corporate visit in Austria as part of the Global Management Summer School programme.
The holistic learning experience is the main reason why students like Sakshi chose to study at SIM GE.
“SIM GE has provided a truly unique environment for its students. I am receiving a world – class education in one of the most student – friendly, international cities in the world,” says Sakshi.
More than 1,000 students attended the SIM Student Week 2013. In line with SIM’s 50th Anniversary and the expansion of the campus to accommodate the growing number of students, SIM Student Week 2014 will be back next year with a bigger bang.