Greetings! On behalf of the 31st National Taiwan University Student Association, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you!
As the students of National Taiwan University (NTU), we have gone through the selective education system and eventually enroll in NTU. We have benefited a lot from the society, and concurrently borne heavy burden of expectations. However, apart from enriching our academic skills, we participate in a variety of clubs, and self-governing student bodies to enhance social interactions and cherish the unforgettable experiences.
From then until now, we’ve constantly seen people striving to protect our country, for instance, the Protest of the Shao-Xing Community and the Protest of Da-Guan. Meanwhile, as we compare the society to NTU, we’ve also seen students endeavor to improve our campus, not only in the Shi-Liu Student Movement (1948), but also in the recent Protest against Field Lending (2017). Along the way, we’ve met numerous doubts and setbacks; however, we neither stop nor halt our actions, but continue to persist in what we have faith in.
Currently, there are challenges that the NTU is facing, including the controversy arose over the Presidential Selection, the Higher Education Enhancement Plan, and the construction for the new Humanities Building. In order to promote the diverse students’ rights, we need all of you to get involved, to address concerns, and to make headway.
In the novel The Crucible (2009), Gong Ji-young describes how people hold on to their beliefs even they have suffered from social oppression: “The reason we fight isn’t to change the world, but so the world doesn’t change us”. Having access to the resources of the society, we should pluck up our courage to take initiative to make a difference.
Insist on what we approve of and create what we yearn for. Let’s give a cheer to the NTU that is desired by us!