Name: Oscar Zi Shao Ong
Preferred Name: Oscar
Degree and year of study?
Phd in Mechanical Engineering
What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?
My goal is to remove politics from the Student Representative Council (SRC), bring back good governance of the SRC, increase transparency of the decision-making process of student representatives and ensure genuine students' concerns are addressed. It’s important that the Student Services and Amenities Fees should be spent on the students themselves to ensure the best university experience.
What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?
Adelaide University Engineering Society, Adelaide University Malaysian Students’ Association, Indonesian Students’ Association of the University of Adelaide, Golden Key International Honour Society, Adelaide University Chinese Debating Union, Adelaide Mechanical Engineering Student Society, University of Adelaide Multicultural Society, Activate Student Ministry, Islamic Students’ Society of the University of Adelaide, Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students (FOCUS)
What led you to join the club(s)?
I wanted to get to know people from different backgrounds and widen my experience, meeting like-minded people to network and make friends. It was also a way to meet seniors with experience on the courses I am doing, increase my industry network and gain volunteering opportunities.
Favourite holiday destination/activity?
My hometown (Ipoh, Malaysia) – food!
Favourite place to study on campus?
Ingkarni Wardli Basement Computer Rooms (Typical Eng Student!)
What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2021?
I hope to de-politicise the SRC and make it more effective and efficient in delivering student services with a greater focus on student welfare issues. I would like better engagement with students and a bigger and better O’Week for 2021.
What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?
Don't be the student who does no work for a group project. You could skip a lecture and just watch it on echo360 later, but we all know you're not going to do that. Join a club, it will be well worth it, then take on a role/committee position when you are ready. Join the AUU and take part in events!