E: Of course I feel sad. I know that it is my fault for overlooking that part and still handing in the form. As what I’ve said in the Public Speaking session, the only reason I stayed was because I want to serve the students. I’m not saying that, with this heart, it proves that I’m not wrong, but I just wanted to stay. I just wanted to do better, without restrictions from this.
A: As of now, you’re out of the SRC. Will you be going back to contest, for even a General seat?
E: No. This criterion of not going for industrial training is for all the seats. All of them, not only for the Presidential seat. So I don’t think it’s right for me to go.
A: But then there were some people – including the ones who questioned you – who went for their internships and knowingly applied for the SRC. Even the previous council’s president went for internship. It was okay for them. Why is it not okay for you?
E: I think it depends on the situation. I’m not judging those who had done this before, whether they were right or wrong but at least in Mishand’s year, he made me feel that he could multi-task and that he handled it well. That’s why we didn’t question it. We’re not going to judge the past. It’s just that for now, this issue has been brought up, which means that students think that it’s important. I respect the importance of that, and I respect the decision of STAD.
A: Do you think it’s unfair that this has been brought up against you and you only?
E: I think the definition of fair is different for everybody. For that, I’m not going to answer.
A: You know the people who brought this issue up against you personally. How do you feel about that?
E: Honestly, I feel sad. I think it is okay for students, for any students to ask but. At the other end of my mind, I feel hurt. I thought this could’ve been done in a nicer way, like speaking to me personally. But there’s no wrong on their part to confront me in the public either, legally. It’s just, of course, I feel hurt.
A: The same people who put you up on Nomination Day, the same people who put you in the Presidential seat, were also the same people who pulled you down during the Public Speaking. How do you feel about that?
E: I can’t say much about this actually. I think I have the responsibility on this part because I’m the one who accepted the role. Nobody pointed the knife at me and forced me to do it. I accepted this. Yes, I’d feel upset for what’s already happened, but I don’t think there’s any point in blaming anyone since what’s passed has already passed.
A: It passed literally yesterday.
E: Yeah but it’s in the past. Don’t dwell on the past and just move on.
A: Your reaction to this seems very indifferent.
E: I have to be fair. Honestly, the emotions, I’ve already cried yesterday and I’m over that. I think for this, crying over and over again doesn’t help. I think it’d be better if I just build up my mentality and face it.
A: Definitely it doesn’t help.
E: I have to be neutral.
A: After everything you’ve been through? Why? What’s happened to you wasn’t fair. It wasn’t neutral.
E: Because I still have to face the fact that I signed the form, so I can’t push that blame away, no matter what they’ve done. I have to take the responsibility. Part of it. I’m only upset because I thought that we were friends. The whole point is, I’m sad because we’re friends, but I admit it’s my fault.
A: What was done was not very professional. Why should you, in turn, react professionally?
E: Two wrongs don’t make one right. If people are not doing it good, that doesn’t mean that I have to react badly. I do think it is important to deal with it professionally. That’s why I put that in my manifesto and that’s principle.
A: Last question. How did this happen and why. It was barely 12 days into your campaign before this happened to you. Why did this happen?
E: I didn’t expect this. Until now, I still don’t know why this is happening. I think it may be some internal issues, or some factors, or some reasons behind it. But once again, I think there’s no point to think about it anymore. It doesn’t help.
A: If the other council members react emotionally, would you condone it or would you advise against it?
E: For that, we’ve already had a meeting to reconcile everything, and as a student, and as part of the team before. I sincerely wish that the students would put their trust in this council. They had worked in this meeting, worked through together to find a solution to put things right. I have faith in them that things would be right, and they will serve you right. They will serve you better. That is my hope for them and my faith in them that they will do it right.
Editor’s note: We can see that Elyn remains stoic throughout the interview, careful not to put her council mates down despite everything she’s been through. We are too not sure if many individuals would have reacted similarly, but she can truly be seen as a pillar of strength as she remains professional despite the whole ordeal. Forgiveness is a trait rarely seen, but this is a trait present in Elyn.
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The interview was conducted at 6 pm, 18th August 2015.