This is a conversation between me and a friend when she found out that I am one of the
council members in MASCA Vic… *pardon me for the Malaysian slang*
“Hey, so I heard that you are in MASCA! What position are you holding?”
“Treasurer? I’m sure you need to handle a lot of money and can spend whenever you want,
consider yourself rich la!”
“That’s not my money! Don’t even think about simply spending it! Every penny must be
verified and monitored properly.”
“Haha now you’re becoming stingy!”
A LOT OF MONEY AND STINGY.
Firstly, allow me cut the typical stereotypes that people might have towards treasurers. We
are not stingy, neither have we had a lot of money to spend; we are just trying our best to
monitor the organization’s funds, making sure that MASCA Vic is financially healthy and
stable as it is a non-for-profit organization. Besides, it is really important that the funds are
used for purposes that are beneficial to the organization as a whole. Hence, it is really not
our choice to be strict and firm in certain circumstances which makes us look very stingy, oh
Now, let me share with you the things I do as a Treasurer in MASCA Vic.. (I hope it’s not
any expected sponsorship amount to be transferred in during the weekdays. And yes,
I have various accounts to monitor and crosscheck with.
at any time to make a request for payments, reimbursements and invoices. What I
usually experienced is that some people tend to make very last minute requests and
expect the works to be done quickly which can really spoil your mood especially
when you receive the request early in the morning or late at night. Besides, many
people like to submit their reimbursements way passed the deadlines given which can
make you a really cranky person. However, I believe that this is inevitable to a
certain extent and it could also happen when we enter the workforce, so this trains
our patience in some ways
energy to complete, no joke! Being the largest student organization in Victoria, we
have more than one financial statement to prepare as we have 6 arms (MCareers,
MSports, MCulture, MAP, MInspire, MEntrepreneur) under us – which means we
also need to prepare the consolidation financial statement (look at the number of tabs
I have for the excel sheet..).
Attending events! There are many
networking opportunities from events
held by companies and the MSOs as
well as the affiliates. The fun bit? You
get to mingle with people outside of
your faculty and even across universities!
Making new friends is fun! There is also
chance to network with people at the
corporate level for certain events,
getting insights and information from these people can certainly broaden our views.
(Picture with Mr Dinesh from Scomi, an information session for Scomi organized by
aside, we are a big family
which spend most of the
times sharing moments
together, be it ups or downs.
Be in the big family and
you will love it! <3
“It’s better to be in chains
with friends, than to be in a
garden with strangers”
shake off the stereotypes you had towards treasurers despite it is a very brief summary (And
I hope the amount work wouldn’t scare you off!). It was never smooth-sailing nonetheless I
feel thankful that I have learned a lot by solving problems with the team and am still
learning. Till today, I am still proud to be part of the council and am ever ready to share my
experiences in the past one year with YOU! Cheers!