I always tell them confidently: Nope! I never did. In fact, if it weren't for these activities, I'd still be the "super-stressed, anti-social nerd with not many friends" today.
I entered the university with a mindset: My high school life had been exciting enough, so there's no need to participate in anything now!
After that night, I continued to join several subsequent CLS events including CLS Orientation Camp and CLS Orientation Night. Eventually, I became addicted to... Clubbing. But of course, this "clubbing" is restricted to within clubs and societies!
My first year (Foundation) was rather relaxing. I had a lot of free time to "club", as coursework and academic workload was pretty easy-going. At the preliminary stage of my clubbing, I guess Kai Liang was the biggest influence because he was good in both his studies and in managing events and societies. Subconsciously, he became my goal (although I've never achieved it), my goal in university life!
That year, some mega-societies slowly toned down (In the subsequent years, even the biggest societies would be witnessed to be downright tame). As the saying goes, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king! Eventually, I left CLS as they had adequate talent to head the herd, so to speak. On the other hand, Engineering Society (ENGSOC) at that time lacked a prospective successor, thus I decided to bite the bullet and contest to for the presidency!
That year was filled with twists and turns. In another event hosted for students, the event director of competition left due to medical complications. As a result, subsequent activities were aborted. Although I successfully managed a few big events that year, none of was my ideal. It is during that year in ENGSOC that I started to ponder about events which could actually help students.
SRC cultivated me to be more far-sighted and helped me realize my interest in education. The people I dealt with including administrators, new students, old students, clubs, and societies ignited different sparks in my life. I guess that is also how I got acquainted with some lecturers and professors! Frankly speaking, in helping other student, you're also helping yourself. Although there is technically no reward for helping others, it might be the effort that yields much more for you!
On the final year in university, a few friends and I formed a small group by Final Year Project to participate in an Asian regional competition. It kept us busy until two months after our degree was completed. Although we were busy and didn't have much guidance (considering this was the first time we joined such a competition), we successfully put the university on the Asian map; and this, in effect, drew a perfect full stop for my life in Multimedia University!