The Class Giving Champions from the Department of Real Estate at the National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design and Environment (SDE) came together to organise the Class of 2014 Real Estate Graduation Dinner. The event was not only a celebration of friendships forged, but it also served a greater purpose – to raise funds for future classes. Isaac Leo Yen, a Class Champion, tells us why he finds the cause worthy.
Can you tell us more about the Class of 2014 Real Estate Graduation Dinner?
It was a gathering held to celebrate four years of learning and the friendships made. In all, 100 Real Estate students attended the event. Everyone was encouraged to participate in the Commencement Class Giving as a final collective gesture towards the School we had learnt so much from. A total of S$1,728 was raised for the SDE Bursary Fund that provides financial assistance to the financially disadvantaged students.
How were you and other Class Giving Champions involved in the event?
The Class Giving Champions were the Graduation Dinner organisers. It was a hectic period, given the various upcoming work deadlines. However, seeing everyone mingling and having fun at the dinner made it all worthwhile.
What motivated you to take up this role?
I was motivated to take up the role of Class Giving Champion due to the worthiness of the cause. I have a friend who struggles on her own to finance her education at NUS and that really opened my eyes to the silent struggles of some around us.
What are your thoughts on Commencement Class Giving?
Commencement Class Giving is a wonderful gesture by the senior graduating batch towards the junior batches. It is made especially meaningful and personal given that the funds are channelled towards students from the same school. Education should not be a privilege but a right, regardless of financial standing, and Commencement Class Giving seeks to achieve just that.
Will you give back as an alumnus and encourage others to do so?
Certainly. Our batch has heard all too often, from alumni who come back to speak, that everything looks exactly the same! It is our hope that the facilities can be improved for a much better learning experience for all.
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