by Ainna Dean / APAcS committee member
On the 26th of February, the APAcS committee participated in a three-day programme called the Accounting Leadership Camp organized by the Faculty of Accountancy. This programme was aimed at strengthening the relationship between student bodies under the Faculty of Accountancy (i.e. SMF, ABAccS and APAcS).
Most of the first day was spent at UiTM Puncak Alam where we were drilled on the correct procedures to host and plan an event, something all students leaders should be able to do sufficiently. We were also taught of ethics, particularly how to dress and address students, faculty and outsiders alike. By 6:00 pm, the buses were headed off to the camp site in Janda Baik, Pahang. That night, the facilitators divided the group into their respective student bodies to discuss the coming year’s planned events.
The second day of the camp was more integrated, as they put us into groups of 10, with equal number of APAcS, SMF and ABAccS representatives. In those groups we were made to do various team building activities that required communication and understanding from each and every team member. This was a chance for the APAcS to bond with student representatives from SMF and ABAccS. This new bond will be the bridge for us to collaborate more with the students from UiTM Puncak Alam.
One of the activities that particularly stuck with me was when all of us collectively had to figure out how to bounce a beach ball 100 times consecutively without it touching the ground. Our first attempt was to just go for it without a plan, and that ended with just about 20 bounces. One by one we figured out a strategy on how to tackle the particular problem. We had tried quite a few of them until it was 11 pm and we were on the brink of giving up. That was when the APAcS President, Mr Danial Nasir came up with the idea of having the girls in a close group in the middle and the boys in a large ring outside. This way, the girls can keep bouncing the ball in the inner circle and if it goes out, the boys will send it back. And with that we finally reached 125 bounces.
This shows how truly important team work and communication is besides having an amazing leader. A task or a simple problem could not be overcome by just one person. It takes the whole organisation collectively. Each one like gears in a watch, moving in unison to move the needle. That is how student bodies should work.
On the last day, we had to lay out the ideas we discussed early on. APAcS presented our calendar with the events planned for the whole year. We also introduced them to our (then) new programme called APAcS STAR as well as our corporate video. We were praised at how dedicated and organized we were. All of those would have never been possible without the commitment of each and every committee member.
By the end of it, it felt like we grew closer together. Like the camp had somehow made our bond stronger than it ever was. And as we drove back to Shah Alam, I look at my fellow committee members and realized that they are family.
The committee learned a great deal about what it takes to be a leader and we hope that by participating in this, we are able to become better leaders to serve the students the best we possibly can.