Meet Paul, a second-year Innis student and one of the ICSS Social Directors, and next year’s Vice President, External!
Hello! My name is Paul and I am currently a second-year student pursuing an Architecture specialist, with a Math major and minor in Visual Studies. I am extremely proud to be involved with the Innis community and am thrilled to take part in all the amazing opportunities and activities over my time here. Fun fact about me: my middle name is a bubble tea flavour!
I am currently in my final stretch as one of the ICSS Social Directors. Along with my co-director, Effie Liang, we coordinate a variety of events to build and positively shape the Innis Community. Over this past year, we have organized a Trip to Canada’s Wonderland, Democracy Nights, and most notably, Innis Formal! Stay tuned for our final event INNIS BANG on April 4th, celebrating the accomplishments over the school year! I also work at the Front Desk, where I may have greeted you at 2am giving you your Limited Use Key or seen giving Residence tours to prospective students!
The most rewarding thing about being on the ICSS is seeing all the smiling and excited faces of Innis Students. Effie and I were privileged to be in a position that brings together huge portion of Innis just to have fun in the stress of U of T. Furthermore, seeing all the ideas on paper come to fruition amazes me. My goal as Social Director was to increase involvement within the Innis community and demonstrate its importance to the university experience. Through the events that we organized, I feel that we have accomplished this while being on the ICSS. We have been able to meet so many Innis Students and it has shown me the diversity here at Innis!
However, the most challenging part is accommodating for all students. Since Innis thrives on its diversity, there are so many factors that we must think about when planning events and coming up with new ideas. It is very difficult to create events that everyone will enjoy because everyone is different.
Next year and over the summer, I will be planning Innis Orientation 2019 along with my co-coordinator, Michelle Zhang, and our Executive Team. I am excited to see all the eager incoming students ready to start their university life and plan a variety of events that they will enjoy. So, if you are interested in being on the Orientation Exec Team or as a leader, applications will be posted in April! Seeing these incoming students will bring me back to the good times and meeting all my awesome friends I have today! I am also excited to see how next year’s ICSS Council will implement their thoughts and ideas for the new school year. There are many possibilities towards this new group of students dedicated towards enhancing the university experience.
To first-year Paul, take life in the moment and make decisions that you want to pursue and not fear what will happen after. Although tomorrow is unknown, today is visible and must be lived to the fullest. Always live in the NOW and the future will align. Also, remember that there is a lot of support around you! Make use of this support, whether it be your friends or academic resources, and constantly grow from them. They are and always will be there for you!