The SC President Elections will take place this week, and in the running we have Tricia of 17S31, Rachel of 17S40 and Jiwon of 17S43. To help Victorians get to know our Students’ Council President candidates better, we put them to a quick 10-question test. Check out their responses below!


Tricia Chin, 17S31

1) What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength is really that I’m a big believer in leaving no man behind. This means that everybody progresses together and if somebody is struggling everybody helps them. I believe that this will help in creating a spirit in VJ that is about inclusiveness and ultimately create an environment where everybody feels like they belong.

2) What is your greatest weakness?
I tend to overthink situations and sometimes to the point where the situations are most likely not going to happen at all. This results in a lot of discomforting feelings when there really should not be any reason for it. I am working on it though and I hope to improve on it in the time I am in council.

3) Describe yourself in 3 words
Passionate. Inclusive. Motivated.

4) What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I love reading with a passion. I love getting to read and know new characters and see the way people think through their writing. I think it’s absolutely amazing how some of these writers get their motivation to write their stories and ultimately make a difference to the lives of their readers through their stories.

5) What makes you different from the other presidential nominees?
I would have to say that I am inclusive in the sense that I believe in hearing what are the different sides of an argument or what ideas do people have on the same activity. Furthermore, I would like for people to feel that they belong somewhere whether it be in VJ or their own class or in council.

6) What is your motto?
Tough times don’t last but tough people do.

7) Do you have an idol/inspiration? How did they inspire you?
I am a big fan of Alan Turing and I love the way he stood against the odds and cracked a seemingly indecipherable code. His innovation and curiosity about everything around him never fails to amaze me and I would like to at least emulate his spirit of being daring.

8) What is one idea you want to propose as President of SC?
Before I explain my idea, I would like to forewarn everybody that I would not know what restrictions are put in place for such creation of proposals so these ideas are tentative. However, one idea that appeals to me is a school festival of sorts where we can showcase to the public our school spirit and what Victorians have done. I believe that this display will allow for something that Victorians can take pride in and ultimately bond them.

9) What kind of culture do you want to create within the Students’ Council?
Within the Students’ Council, I want it to be an environment where they feel like more than a councilor. They are also a friend, equals and leaders. I want them to be able to be inspired by their peers and push themselves to greater heights. I would love for us to be a tight-knit group where we will be able to support each other and be motivated to work to the best of our abilities for each other.

10) What would you do if you were given a million dollars?
I will probably give more than half of it to my mum. To my mum, I owe the world and no sum of money can ever repay that but hopefully that can be what i can start off with. I would probably donate some of the money to charitable causes and save some for a rainy day.


Rachel Wong, 17S40

1) What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength would be my ability to empathise with others. I feel that this is important because this allows me to put myself into other people’s shoes and understand where they are coming from.

2) What is your greatest weakness?
I should say that an area for improvement would be the need to open up to people I do not know more easily. However, I believe that my journey in council will help me grow in this aspect and allow me to gain more confidence.

3) Describe yourself in 3 words
Tenacious, diligent, honest!

4) What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I don’t like to eat alone. I feel that a meal is only enjoyable when I am with my friends or family.

5) What makes you different from the other presidential nominees?
I think that my ability to empathise with people around me makes me different. When I listen to a person speak about his/her problems, I tend to put myself in the person’s shoes and try to conceive the best possible way to approach the problem. In a way, people have often told me that I am a good listener and that they are able to confide in me.

6) What is your motto?
My motto would be, “If not now, then when?” This personal belief is what guides me in the decisions that I make, and because of it, I am not a procrastinator. This can apply to showing appreciation for people around me, or work that I do. This belief motivates me to take up whatever opportunities that are presented to me, such as this once-in-a-lifetime chance to run for the position of SC President in VJC.

7) Do you have an idol/inspiration? How did they inspire you?
Although this may sound cliche, I feel that my mother is really someone I look up to. Her tenacity really stands out, and she is forever so diligent and optimistic towards life. Growing up, it has just been my mother and myself, yet she has been able to cope with working as the sole breadwinner of the family, as well as raising me to become the person I am today. Despite these challenges, she has never complained, and has only emerged stronger after overcoming the different obstacles presented to her.

8) What is one idea you want to propose as President of SC?
As mentioned in my speech, I would like to provide support for every Victorian and empower every single one of them. This is because I believe that everyone should be given a voice to provide their feedback and enhance our school experience. Hence, I would like to propose a Suggestion Box for Victorians to provide us with their feedback as and when they feel that something can be improved on. This way, all Victorians are given a platform to speak up and suggest some areas for improvement in the college.

9) What kind of culture do you want to create within the Students’ Council?
Within the Students’ Council, I want to create a culture where there are friendly competitions to spur one another on, and yet there is always close support for one another.

10) What would you do if you were given a million dollars?
If I were given a million dollars, I would firstly tell my mother not to tire herself out anymore and take a break from work. Besides that, I would also use the money to help children who have been through similar situations like mine. I am sure there are many out there who have been through situations which are many times worse than mine, but may not have the privilege of having a supportive parent to look after their needs, so I can use this money to help them as well.


Park Jiwon, 17S43

1) What is your greatest strength?
I think this goes together with personal motto, which is actually having the ‘growth mindset’, understanding that my capabilities as of now are not fixed. I believe in taking every experience and every failure as new opportunities to explore areas that I lack in and improve and develop myself. This doesn’t mean I don’t want to succeed or do well; no one wants to fail. But I am someone who is not daunted by failures, because I know that there are much more things to be gained from failures than there are from success.

2) What is your greatest weakness?
I think my greatest weakness lies in my often excessive passion, and my belief of living the moment. This sometimes lead me to get caught up in the tasks that are ahead of me, instead of looking at the bigger picture and working towards the purpose. But having recognised this issue, I am constantly trying to improve and develop myself.

3) Describe yourself in 3 words
Effective, Passionate and Genuine.

4) What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I’m a slightly more timid person than I might appear to me. Some students might have seen me taking up initiatives and stepping up, but the truth be told, it took me lots of effort and time to be able to do so. Even now I sometimes still have to push myself out of that comfort zone that I seem to instinctively want to belong in.

5) What makes you different from the other presidential nominees?
I think it’s really the passion and the belief of living the moment. This helps me to carry on and remain dedicated in the most difficult of times, and truly cherish the fruits of accomplishments. And of course, these are better when done with the organisation that I belong in.

6) What is your motto?
As mentioned above, the idea of a ‘growth mindset’.

7) Do you have an idol/inspiration? How did they inspire you?
My inspiration is really the friends around me. Every day as I meet new people I realise that there are so many of them who has values, skills and characters that I seem to lack in. I really admire these people, and it is really when they show these skills and characters that I get inspired to work towards developing myself more.

8) What is one idea you want to propose as President of SC?
One thing I felt VJ was lacking in, was an effective platform for students to provide feedback to the Council or the school administration. Of course, this comes with a structured system to attend to this feedback.

9) What kind of culture do you want to create within the Students’ Council?
My campaign focuses much on the Victorian Spirit and unity, and this is what I hope the Students’ Council understands and cherishes. Because there is only so much I can do alone, and I need all of their help if I wish to accomplish my vision.

I foresee that the journey ahead of us will be stormy. We won’t always do things well and accomplish good results. That’s why I want to create a culture of support, of perseverance and also of the growth mindset.

10) What would you do if you were given a million dollars?
Hmm, this is a fun question. I think I’ll use it to fulfil me and my family’s small little desires. I don’t want my life to change too drastically and luxuriously just because I have a million dollars. I’d rather lead the same life but with all the things I couldn’t have because of financial reasons.

This is particularly for my family, because I feel that they have sacrificed a lot (and definitely more than a million dollars, if we only count the financials) for me and they deserve to enjoy their lives. My mom once told me she wanted an unplanned trip to Bali to learn yoga. Maybe I’ll help her do that.


And there we go, Victorians! Your SC President Candidates, put to the test. Check out their responses for yourselves; we find it quite interesting that all three candidates mentioned their family in the million dollar question (pun totally not intended)! You can also submit questions for the Q&A at tinyurl.com/vjc-34scpres. Remember to vote wisely, make an informed decision, and get to know them such that you can carefully pick who you think is the right SC President. May the best councillor win!

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