University of Hertfordshire First Class graduate, Krishen Soogumaran recently received the Go Herts Gold Award in recognition of his extracurricular achievements during his law degree.
An active member of the Brickfields Asia College (BAC) student community, Krishen was a member of several clubs and societies while studying full-time and juggling a part-time job. As the BAC Mooting Society’s inaugural Internal Mooting Officer, Krishen was responsible for organizing the college’s first ever Novice Moot Competition and the Annual Internal Moots Competition which followed.
During his tenure as committee member of the Mooting Society, Krishen went a step further and shouldered the additional responsibility of participating in the Moot Competition along with his fellow committee member, Shawn Loong. “Obviously, this introduced a conflict of interest, as I was part of the organising committee while being a participant as well,” he reminisced, “So we all agreed that I would assist in non-conflicting areas of the competition. Although it was difficult organising and participating in the competition at the same time, we earned 4th place and I learnt so much in terms of efficiently managing my time and the importance of professionalism and integrity.”
A firm believer in the adage that anything is possible if you set your mind to it, Krishen was invited by Kesatuan Penuntut Undang-Undang Malaysia (KPUM) to emcee their Mooting workshop. He went on to coach and mentor two of his peers at college who in turn went on to compete at an external Moot competition. Krishen was also elected Class Representative of the Hertfordshire Student Union for his intake.
All these achievements prove Krishen’s innovative leadership and initiative to make a positive impact through the contributions he made within the BAC student community. Krishen who was surprised he had won, expressed his gratitude on being selected for the Go Herts Gold Award, “I am grateful to the awarding panel for appreciating my integrity and recognising my work outside my academia.”
“We encourage our students to participate in as many extracurricular activities as they can,” said Reuben de Rozario, Director of Laws at BAC. “These experiences reinforce and complement what they learn in the classroom, and it helps validate that BAC’s student life is one of the best. It truly prepares them for a career in law.”
The Go Herts Award is an exciting initiative which recognises the engagement of a student in a range of extra-curricular activities outside of the assessed part of their degree. Students who achieve a Go Herts Award will stand out from the crowd as educated, well-rounded, enterprising global citizens who are well prepared for life after university.
On behalf of BAC, we wish Krishen success in his future endeavours!