The House of Margaret Thatcher
Q&A with President Mary Pham
Houses at The Kingís College are student-led, mission-driven communities. They serve as social, academic, and spiritual support for students at Kingís. Each House is led by four elected students and guided by faculty and staff advisors. In recent years, Houses have become even more critical to student life as the size of the student body has grown rapidly.
The House of Thatcher is one of ten houses at The Kingís College. With over 50 members, the mission of the House of Thatcher is, ďThe House of Margaret Thatcher exists to be a faith-deepening, gift-illuminating sisterhood founded in courageous love.Ē
The mission is inspired by the life of Margaret Thatcher, a Christian and the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979-1990). Below is a short Q&A with Mary Pham, the 2012-2013 president of The House of Thatcher.
Q. How would you describe the basic character of the House of Thatcher, its members, traditions, etc?
A. As a House, our mission is to be a faith-deepening, gift-illuminating sisterhood founded in courageous love. Our House is diverse, so itís difficult to describe the basic character, but Iíd like to think weíre fun, genuine, smart, creative, and passionate. Itís cool to see that a lot of our ladies are leaders in extra-curricular activities like Mock Trial, the Tribune, Debate, Student Fellows, and more.
Q. What was it that brought you into house leadership?
A. Iím honored to be the president of Thatcher! Iíve grown to love the women who make up our House and the community weíve been able to form. Leadership is just another way for me to be involved and serve them as best I can.
Q. What do you hope that the House of Thatcher, and the House system in general, accomplishes for students during their time at King's?
A. The Houses should be a support system for its membersóideally, Houses create environments that encourage real, genuine relationships. For me, the House was my home base. I relied on those friendships the most because they were the strongest. The House is home away from home.
Q. What will you be focusing on this year at King's as President of the house?
A. This year, we are focusing on building up our community by emphasizing Bible Studies and our new Big-Little Thatcher program. Itís important for us to emphasize the wholeness of our community, bringing together first-years, upperclassmen, and even alumni.
Q. Is there any kind of service project that Thatcher will be involved in this year?
A. We spent a lot of time this past year linking with City Engagement in developing a relationship with Operation Exodus, which is a Saturday mentoring program for kids up in Washington Heights. Itís been a fun and valuable experience, and we hope to continue it this coming year.
Q. Are there any other unique characteristics about Thatcher that you love or find stand out?
A. There is so much I love about Thatcher. I love our traditions like Deep Wells, Initiation, Bible Studies, and Nights of Worship. I love how willing our ladies are to help with move-in day, competitions, and events. Iíve met some of the strongest, funniest, most intelligent, kind-hearted women I know in Thatcher, and Iím incredibly thankful for each of them!
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