President's Blog Feb 2022

Hello World!

Hello and welcome dear readers to my first blog post of the year!

By ways of introduction, I’m fortunate enough to be the President of this esteemed society and study third-year Actuarial

Studies. I’ll be posting here monthly (or thereabouts) to give an update on the society activities and future plans in a more colloquial manner than our more formal means on social media.

Firstly, welcome back/to Macquarie University! It’s been a tough couple of years in and out of lockdowns; the pandemic certainly didn’t make studying Actuarial Studies any easier. But we’ve all weathered the storm (hopefully) and with in-person teaching returning this semester, I’ve noticed a palpable sense of enthusiasm amongst us all which has certainly been reflected by ASSOC…

Forming the Committee

Throughout January, we ran multiple events specifically geared towards establishing our committee. The committee plays the role of ASSOC’s backbone, with each team focused on delivering one of the many events ASSOC runs – some of which you may recognise e.g., Camp, Ball, Careers Fair, etc.

After the Annual Committee Meeting (ACM) and Committee Interviews, the Cabinet was able to select an incredibly talented line-up of dedicated students to form ASSOC’s 2022 Committee.

ASSOC Online Chess Tournament

February opened with our online chess tournament which was jointly sponsored by KPMG and EY. The event attracted plenty of self-proclaimed grandmasters from the woodwork, with sponsor representatives trying their hand against ASSOC’s finest.

Despite the fierce competition, accolades are limited to the three-man span of a winner’s podium – and in this case, Wesley Chan, Andrew Shan and Herbert Young came out on top. Wesley completely floored us all by going the entire tournament undefeated; but just between the two of us, I wasn’t really trying or anything…