Life-changing ideas

When I was a kid, my mother used to read stories before I went to sleep.  In those fairy-tales and fables, she read to me that I can be whatever I want to be. In those stories of innocent love and brave adventures, I seemed to understand, for the first time, the meaning of opportunity and possibility. The idea that I can choose to be a doctor, teacher, scientist or pilot was thrilling and source of imagination and inspiration.

“It’s about philosophy, mathematics, computer, politics, and above all, individuals. It is a group of people hoping to understand how the world works and how to make it better.” Something I heard just before I decided on what subjects to study in high school. I only remember vaguely that lecturer’s face, but that was why I tried economics, which later on became my major and hopefully my career in the future.

Once I was in university, I realised that the problem of scarcity does not exist in the world of ideas. Whenever I go and whomever I talk to, I found words of wisdom from otherwise random chatters. And behind each of those ideas was a brilliant mind. Sometimes my friends said to me that something I said led to certain decisions, and they couldn’t remember what I said and neither could I.

Years, decades and centuries later, probably no one will remember our names, faces or our colourful personalities. However, something we said at some point in time may affect others and change their life in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. I have discovered brilliant ideas on this campus because I was constantly looking. I took one step forward and now it is your turn–

The Economics Students’ Association is planning an event and would like to invite all those who would like to take the opportunity to share your ideas and passion to take the next step. Bring forward your ideas and listen to others’ inspirations. With discord and harmony of our minds, we are making UBC truly a place of mind. Someone in politics used to say that decisions are made by those who show up. I would say here that future is created by those who speak up.

If you are interested to know more about this event and want to find out how you can be part of it, click here to access the website or send an email to and we are more than happy to answer your questions.

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