Name: Benji Huang
Position: VP Events
Year: 3rd year
Specialization: Finance (as well as marketing hopefully)
Why did you join CMP?
I started working for CMP as an Econ tutor in my second year. It was an extremely empowering (and humbling) opportunity for me to stand in front of a lecture hall full of students and teach something I have only learned a year ago. It was such an amazing experience that I decided to join CMP again, this time as a part of its leadership team to explore new channels of delivering quality review materials to students in the Sauder community.
Which course have you enjoyed the most at UBC?
Comm 391 Management Information System as taught by Adam Saunders. A peerless professor who opened my eyes to the world of data and computers. Although my specialization is in finance and marketing, the skills I developed in that course will certainly follow me anywhere I go.
What is your favourite food?
Tuna Nigiri Sushi
What do you do outside of class?
Outside of class and CMP, I am involved in the Campus AmbaSauder Program as well as the UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students. I am taking Japanese courses at UBC, but in my free time I practise by watching anime without subtitles (though I hardly consider it studying). I love reading and I am big fan of English classics (with the notable exception of Shakespeare’s).
If you have $1 million dollars to spend on anything you want, what would you spend the money on?
I would buy a trailer, have it modified into a food struck, hire 2 cooks and a cashier, furnish the truck with cooking equipment and open up a ramen place outside of the old SUB to satisfy the demand for affordable, filling, and actually edible soul food for the busy students on campus.
What advice would you give to first year students?
Get involved. Time is compressible, especially in your first year. Find any club you have some interest in and apply. Be prepared for rejections so apply to as many places as you can identify. Don’t worry about time. When you have more commitments, you will find that you spend less on each of them. Does it mean your quality of work will worsen? No. It means you will naturally get more efficient at every task.