I’ll be honest, starting as Union President in the middle of a pandemic wasn’t how I thought this would happen. Adjusting to working from home has been a challenge, as we’ve all missed being in the office together and the buzz of campus. There’s only so long you can spend looking at a computer! I think I could tell you every minute details of the four walls of my flat! On the plus side, it’s given me some time to indulge my Sims habit and perfect my cookies recipe. (Yes, the Sims 4 game...I’m obsessed!)
Last year I was VP: Wellbeing, so I was (and still am) very involved with supporting individual students who have concerns. A lot of my work involves helping students with things like accommodation problems, academic appeals or supporting students to apply for financial aid. This is one of my absolute favourite bits of being an officer - supporting these students to stand up for themselves against landlords or the University, and demand the help and outcomes they need. It’s a huge privilege and gives me an enormous amount of satisfaction (especially when we get a fantastic outcome!).
As you might expect, over the last month I’ve attended many many many (zoom) meetings with ‘Covid’ in the title. As the University gears up to welcome students, there is an enormous amount of work going on to get campus ready. The Union is also busy working on activities to welcome new students to Brookes.
I’ve also spent a lot of time over the last few weeks in various training sessions. We’ve taken part in Islamophobia Awareness Training, Anti-Semitism Training and Equality & Diversity Training. All of these training sessions have been incredibly useful and enlightening, we also have many exciting new campaigns and networks launching so stay tuned!
Luckily I lost all my coolness a while ago...as you’ll see loads of cheesy pics and frankly ridiculous video clips of me coming out over the next few months. (I have no shame anymore!)
I am very much looking forward to seeing you all in September (even if it is virtually). I’m always up for a chat, so please do get in contact with me.
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