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What it’s like to run in The Election

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Why did you chose to run in The Election 2018?

We asked the current Officer team about their experience running in the Election last year. If you are a candidate in this years elections or simply want to know more about what officers do during this time, this is the article for you!

 

Officer 1:

The main reason I ran in the election was quite simple to be honest. I knew that there were a lot of issues that students were facing in the faculty and in the university generally, my reaction to this was that I wanted to help them and try to fix these issues.

 

Officer 2:

I ran for election because there was areas of the university that I wanted to change and I felt passionate about campaigning to improve the student experience at ARU.

 

Officer 3:

I ran in the election because I received a nomination. I was toying with the idea but I wasn’t really sure. As soon as I received that nomination it was the confidence boost I needed in order to just go for it.

 

What was it like running as a candidate in The Election?

 

Officer 1:

Running in The Election was quite the experience! One thing you find in an election is that all candidates are passionate about the role they are going for and the changes they want to make, because of this everyone works so hard to get their messages across to all the students. It can get quite stressful and tiring particularly when you travel across the campuses.

That’s not to say it’s all bad, I love the election and the campaign period. It is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded students, share ideas, and support one another. From my own experiences a lot of friendships are made from elections win or lose. Plus it such an exhilarating thing to be part of.

 

Officer 2:

Being a candidate in the 2018 election was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire time at ARU. I made so many friends, met so many students, and got so much insight about how different people feel about their time here.

 

Officer 3:

Running in the elections was such a good experience. The highs definitely out way the lows. Highs were meeting all the other candidates, although we were all running against each other for our positions we were almost like some weird dysfunctional friendship group. We were all secretly rooting for each other regardless of the outcome. Another great thing about running was the number of students I was able to talk to and gain understanding of their issues as a student. Although, it is a super long 2 weeks so it was very tiring alongside lectures and other commitments so that is something to be mindful of. Also, some students just were not interested or did not want to have anything to do with you, so don’t be disheartened when that happens.

 

What would you say to someone who was thinking of running for a position?

 

Officer 1:

I would recommend someone to run in the election because the role itself is not how students who want to run perceive it to be. The skills and experience you gain which you may not have expected to do is invaluable. There is also the opportunity to develop relationships within the university services as well. Aaaaand on top of all that is does look good on a CV. Aaaaaaaaand it is a paid role!

 

Officer 2:

Running for election is so much fun. The whole campaigning process is super friendly. Whether or not a candidate is successful in getting elected, it’s such a great thing to get stuck into for a couple of weeks!

 

Officer 3:

I would recommend running in the election just from the experience alone. It is honestly a really exciting and unusual experience. It is just a great thing to do to build confidence, network and make yourself heard. After being elected and being in this role I have gained so much from the opportunities and skills I have developed, I genuinely love making change for students and our work for students being done by us and throughout the university.

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