BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER: If you would like to know more about MASCA, you can head to our homepage and read the description, because this post isn’t about elaborating the structure nor the events. Oh no, this time we are talking about you.
In MASCA, we are essentially a family of councils from seven states in Australia (Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia). These states are led by MASCA National, who is the bridge not only between Malaysia and Australia, but between states as well. Yes, it’s a big family, but it’s a happy, boisterous one.
Being a part of the huge MASCA family meant that we faced issues a normal (dys)functional family would face. There are arguments and there are disagreements, but these people can also be your comrades in arms for a large part of your university life. They will help you grow and gradually you begin to discover that you’re beginning to develop as a person. Working with so many individuals, you meet a real diverse range of personalities who will, in one way or another, impact you and hopefully, improve you.
Just like your family, MASCA will shape you. You have chances to prove yourself, but that also means you have equal chances to stuff up. And believe me, you WILL stuff up.. but don’t worry, because that’s how you learn. You learn how to coordinate events, you learn how to carry yourself professionally, you learn how to draft emails that don’t look like they’ve been written by a high-schooler, you learn how to strategize and maximize each others’ strengths to downplay the weaknesses, you meet influential leaders... You get to feel grown up, yet still stay in the safe knowledge that if you stuff up, you can be forgiven because it’s all part of the learning and your family will forgive you.
I won’t kid you, being in MASCA will add to your resume, but it’s all for nought if (as cheesy as it may sound) your heart is not in it. This family is only as strong as its’ weakest link, but still, it is after all, your family.