Every day, our moments in IMU are spent walking on the same paths tread by many others who stroll around busily with their own tasks and endeavours on their minds, most of whom we only glance at and think of in passing. However, have you ever wondered what fascinating, surprising or inspiring stories lay hidden behind the briefly-formed impressions you have of them? To bring these compelling stories to light, IMU Student Ambassadors (SA) collaborated with IMU Editorial Board to organize the 2018 edition of Humans of IMU (HOI) Week, an annual event which acts as a platform to highlight the diverse lives and perspectives of the people in IMU.
The theme for this year’s event, held from the 14th to 16th November, was “Kaleidoscope”, a nod to the distinctly unique and vibrant complexities as well as the markedly similar attributes found within the IMU community. Stories submitted by students for the writing competition were exhibited on display boards at the atrium. Also set up at the atrium was a polling booth for the Most Inspiring Story, allowing onlookers to vote for the story that moved them the most.
The closing ceremony of Humans of IMU Week 2018, held on the 16th of November at the driveway, started off with a speech by the project leader, Chang Wei Hang. The ceremony was then launched with an address by Professor Ong Kok Hai who sang the praises of the organizing committee for their hard work in ensuring the event was a success in featuring stories that appeal to the minds and hearts of readers. This was followed by a rousing piano performance by Stefan Njoo. Next up on stage was Mr. Saravanan Muthiah, head of the Student Services Hub who underlined the significance of appreciating the people in IMU, saying that we can all take something away from their stories.
After the speeches, it was time for the winners to be announced. Mathangi Devindran and Jane Lee Jia Jing received the 2nd runner up and 1st runner up prizes respectively while Aishah Amirah binti Shamsul Kamal took home the 1st prize. After an electrifying hip hop dance performance by dance group B.I.J, the VIPs, judges of the story writing competition and project leaders were invited on stage to receive tokens of appreciation for their presence and contributions. The ceremony concluded with a violin performance by Howard Foo.
To sum things up, Humans of IMU Week 2018 was a major accomplishment, adding to the successful string of HOI events from previous years since the inaugural project in 2015. The collective effort by the project advisors, IMU SA and IMU Editorial Board was instrumental in the organization of the event. It is anticipated that future Humans of IMU events will see similar levels of success and more extraordinary stories of the amazing people in IMU are unearthed for the IMU community to cherish.