This article is part of the CCA Previews for 2016.
By Lim Shi Jie Josiah (16S03D), EXCO
A day in the life of a RECAS member? It sure sounds boring…
You might be wondering what kind of CCA we are, but before you pass your judgement, hear us out.
RECAS isn’t like the other clubs and societies. For one, it serves as a ‘mug’ club for those of us who can’t find the time (or motivation!) to cover economic activities and current affairs that we so desperately need to for Econs and GP, given that we cover world issues and interesting economic phenomena during session. Every week, members get into groups to do presentations or share an interesting clip followed by a free-for-all discussion session where members can actively contribute! If you have a fear of presenting in front of large crowds, fear because RECAS is actually a very small and close-knit community with strong camaraderie between its members. In fact, we personally think that one of the main selling point for RECAS is its small community that ensures personal engagement and interaction for every member. You will NEVER be left out and that means a safe learning environment for you to voice your opinions during discussions without fear of being shot down or disparaged.
Beyond just a ‘mug’ club, RECAS also hopes to hone your passion for world affairs and help you develop an inquisitive mind, what with all the opinions and ideas being thrown about during discussion time. If you have a keen interest for economics, we also cover some additional material from time to time that would definitely complement your understanding of the syllabus and give you a more comprehensive view of the issues at pplay. If you ever feel so inclined as to share with us any interesting tidbits, we too would gladly welcome that. In fact, that is what our excursions are about! From trips to museums to gallery walks, you can be sure to gain exposure to the different affairs of our tiny island and in the process form everlasting bonds with your CCA mates! (Don’t worry, it’ll be during the holidays!)
Also, if you want to make an impact through raising awareness of current affairs among the school population, RECAS’ newsletter “Under the Macroscope” will provide you with endless opportunities to provide articles regarding just about everything under the sun. It’s a weekly e-letter that covers the main topics for GP such as Science and Tech amongst others as well as interesting economic happenings and their implications on us, the global citizen!
Being a student-directed CCA, most of our sessions are planned and coordinated by our own members and this would give you, should you join RECAS, the opportunity to develop and structure your own curriculum and the flexibility to freely explore what you are interested in.
Lastly, for the nitty-gritty details: CCA sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays starting from 2.15 pm until about 3.15 pm depending on how long the presentations and discussions are. On an unrelated note, you don’t actually have to take economics to join RECAS so long as you are interested in world happenings which you will be… at least for GP…
With that, we eagerly anticipate you joining RECAS and we hope to be able to spark off your love affair with current affairs (and of course, economics) here!