A Different Start at Hanyang
The head of the Emergency Planning Committee
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Last year, the student president of the College of Engineering was elected to be the head of the Emergency Planning Committee at Hanyang University (HYU). However, as another election for the student body president was foundered in March, the Central Operation Committee had to hold another election to choose the first semester's head of the Emergency Planning Committee. On the 1st of April, the president of the College of Policy Science, Cho Sung-jae (Policy Studies, 2nd year), was elected as the head of the committee. Now as a new leader of HYU, News H visited him to hear more about Hanyang's current situation and its future.
Becoming someone representing HYU
The Central Operation Committee of HYU had a rough start this semester. Without the official student union, someone from the Central Operation Committee had to hold an additional post as the head of the Emergency Planning Committee. Therefore, on the 26th of March, the head of the Student Club Association held an election to determine the head of the Emergency Planning Committee. As the presidents of each college had their own plans and work to do for their department, the head of the Student Club Association willingly gave a hand to all representatives.
Cho was concentrating on the General Student Representatives Council when the interview took place. This council, happening on the 10th of April, would be his official start as the head of the Emergency Planning Committee. Cho also showed his passion and worries towards the school festival scheduled to take place from the 23rd to 25th of May. “I have only been to one General Student Representatives Council and one school festival. I will definitely lack helping hands when preparing these events. I am, and will continue to receive advice from the people who already have more experience, and will try to give all Hanyangians satisfaction,” said Cho. Moreover, he is planning to continue working toward the construction of the new school dorm that the 45th Student Union has approved, and is also planning on helping implement more volunteer activities to benefit rural communities.
As the head of two parties
As countless incidents are rapidly taking place, Cho also expressed uneasiness towards the people around him. “As I ran for the president of the College of Policy Science, I had certain pictures drawn in my head. However, as I became the head of the Emergency Planning Committee, I realized it is inevitable that I have some deficiency. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my colleagues in the College of Policy Science and my fellow student council members,” said Cho. He didn’t even have enough time to consider this matter with his student council members before he became the head of the Emergency Planning Committee. He wanted to express his love and thankfulness to his executive members.
Cho expressed his concerns about having become the head of the Emergency Planning Committee without much prior preparation. “The biggest hardship for me is the worry that I am not capable enough for this position. I don’t want to give inconvenience to the fellow Hanyangians, and therefore I am trying my best to become a person that can think of the overall school before myself,” said Cho. The detailed plans for the school festival and the processes for the dorm had not yet materialized as it had only been five days since his election at the time of the interview. At the same time, he showed great knowledge, thoughts, and determination even though it hadn’t even been a week since his election.
“Hello, I am the president of the College of Policy Science holding an additional post as the head of the Emergency Planning Committee. I think of myself as an individual that lacks the personal capacity to fulfill such a role. However, as the head of the Emergency Planning Committee, I believe I should strive for all Hanyangians’ benefits no matter what my motivations were, or how I was elected. Even though I may not be perfect, I will try to make a better environment for all my colleagues to the best of my ability. A lot of students may not know me as I have only worked in the College of Policy Science. Therefore, I believe introducing myself through my actions would be the best method. Despite my deficiencies, I would be extremely thankful for all your support and well wishes. Thank you!”
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