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Elections 101 with your Welfare Officer

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Running in the elections

What made you run in the SU Elections?

I was heavily involved in the SU since my first year at ARU – going to council, running societies, being a course rep – and have seen a lot of my friends run in the elections and do amazing things in their time as officers. I’d have kicked myself if I didn’t at least go for it!

What was your favourite part of running in the Elections?

Above all, my favourite part of the elections was getting to know the other candidates - I’ve made some good friends out of the whole process. Everyone had the utmost respect for each other, and it really took away a lot of the stress that you pick up campaigning for two whole weeks.

What was most challenging?

Making sure I was taking care of myself. I ran myself ragged, and it’s quite easy to when you’re running around every second of the day to meet and talk to as many people as you can.  Prep your meals and get your friends and campaign team to help you out.

What would you say to someone who wasn’t sure if they should run or not?

If you have one fibre of your body that says you should do it, go with it. Thousands of students will see your name and manifesto on the website and around campus same as every other candidate’s. People will believe in you, but you have to believe in yourself first. Enjoy some wine with that cheese, why don’t you.

Being an officer

What has been the best bit about being an officer?

Seeing something you’ve worked hard on and worried about a lot change someone’s perspective or really pique their interest – and then seeing them take it and run with it into something that’s completely their own.

What has been the funniest part of your SU journey so far?


What has been the most unexpected part of the role?

It’s hard to think because I’m used to doing so many different things… but that’s really it. There are so many opportunities and new things to try out and learn in this role, it has really been eye-opening. 

What has been the most challenging part of being an officer?

Trying to do everything perfectly and please everyone, or rather, trying not to do that.

Would you do anything differently if you could start your year again? If so, what?

Ask for help as soon as you need it! I have had a beyond brilliant officer team this year and an amazing staff support, and without them I’d be absolutely nowhere in this role. But your team are only as good as you let them be, and to do that you gotta swallow your pride and ask them to help you out.

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