Tuesday, 22 August 2006

Student-led initiatives

Went to Confluence over the weekend - very impressed by the fact that this major conference was organised through sheer willpower of the students. (Plus I got lots of free stationery and other swag...) Then, helping out my alma mater, I was an expert reviewer for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations held here this year in Singapore, and that was another major conference run entirely by college students.

Which got me to thinking: I do like seeing things done through the pure energy of students. Among all the things being in the US taught me, one was just to think big: why shouldn't a student paper scoop the New York Times, why shouldn't a student-run conference invite major dignitaries?

"Let the revels begin
Let the fire be started
We're dancin' for the restless
and the broken-hearted ..."

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