Abigail Cheung ’11, co-chair of this year’s Freshman Class Council, said she wants to go to the “next level” — the Yale College Council — and will “communicate, celebrate and innovate” if elected YCC secretary this week.
“YCC is just the next level,” she said. “And the experiences I had [on the FCC] have made me really well-suited as secretary.”
As secretary, Cheung hopes to facilitate intercommunication between the YCC and other student organizations like Dwight Hall and the Sophomore Class Council and Junior Class Committee. She also hopes to implement her three-pronged approach to YCC leadership — communication, celebration and innovation — if she lands a spot on the YCC Executive Board for next year.
In order to accomplish her goals, Cheung said, she would send out monthly e-mail updates of YCC initiatives, in which she would advertise the “YCC successes” to the student body. She also hopes to “institutionalize relationships” — which currently do not exist, she said — with various student organizations to effectively plan events, she said.
“There needs to be more collaborations with other Yale organizations,” she said.
Otherwise, Cheung said she has no plans as of yet to change the overall infrastructure of the YCC because it is “pretty well-defined.”
During her tenure as chair of the FCC Communications Committee in the fall and vice-chair of the council in the spring, Cheung has gained experience working with both the student body and the YCC, she said. As communications chair, she headed the advertising of freshman events like the Freshman Screw and Freshman Barbeque. And as vice-chair, Cheung has made it a “priority” to sit in on YCC general meetings every Sunday to provide updates on the FCC. At the weekly FCC meetings, she has given monthly updates on the YCC.
Cheung was born in Vancouver, Canada, where she has lived all her life. She attended Crofton House School and served as school prefect during her senior year for her McDougall House. Cheung will have a radio show next semester for WYBC and currently tutors elementary-school students who are in the English as a Second Language program.