Student Leadership at YCIS Pudong

Written by: Andy Clapperton, Head of Learning

At YCIS Pudong, it is not just our formal student leadership programmes that empower young adults to develop softskills. Leadership opportunities permeate through all we do, and at the end of the year, we thought it would be a good opportunity to recognise, celebrate and hear from a few students who have taken on their own roles as leaders in our community.

Oi In Lin – MAD Run

One of the biggest challenges was to keep track of all the logistical aspects in organising such a large event. To overcome this issue, I made an extensive Excel spreadsheet to track job delegations, volunteer sign-ups, food vendors, sponsors, etc. This was a new experience for me due to the sheer scale of the event we had to plan, with so many things going on at once, but I learned that by creating a clear structure, my role was made considerably easier. I really enjoy managing large projects like these, and I would gladly take on this challenge again.

Ann Huang – Stop Single Use Shanghai

I have learned to delegate and realised the importance of assigning different roles and responsibilities to group members. From negotiations with campus leaders and the cafeteria manager, I have become more familiar with the processes that need to be undertaken when making a decision or passing a proposal in an organisation.

Climate crisis is becoming more severe. Therefore, ever more change needs to be implemented quickly and effectively, and this is our responsibility as citizens. Keeping this idea in my mind has helped me to stay motivated, and I believe that sharing my enthusiasm for this global issue has helped push the project forward. After all, it is vital that we consider the implications of all our actions, including the consumer choices that we make in our daily lives.

Elliot Koh and Alex Cho – Fitness CCA

Establishing a balance between fun and challenge was definitely one of the most difficult aspects we had to get right, because we needed to develop routines that would push people physically but also build a sense of camaraderie within the group. We learned how to be decisive and assign roles, and also to be inspirational, so that when it starts to get tough, making sure everyone gets through the workout is always the number one priority.

Natasha Shen – Technical Director of Little Shop of Horrors

One thing I came to understand through this experience was that when things don’t go as you planned, you need to adapt really quickly and find a workaround. The tiniest hitch can have a huge knock-on effect, and I really experienced the butterfly effect with this show. For instance, I had the team using walkie-talkies for communication between the stage crew and the technical director positioned at the back of the audience, and during the show the walkie-talkie stopped working, resulting in a moment of chaos. We had to respond immediately and ended up physically sending people up and down to relay information in order to get the props in the right places at the right times. This experience really taught me to be flexible, especially with such a large cast, meaning that it was more challenging to get everyone to do exactly what was needed.