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What degree are you undertaking? 
Bachelor of Commerce.

What made you want to run in the 2022 UNSA election? 

I wanted to have some voice of representation from offshore students, since I felt we are not feeling like we're a part of the University. 

What about the position you applied for appealed to you? 
International Students’ Senate Convenor:Since most of the international students are studying online currently, I felt that an offshore student like me will be able to represent them better. Also, since this is my 3rdSem online, I have a lot of experience studying offshore.

Newcastle Campuses Convenor: I wanted the offshore students to feel connected to the ‘Newcastle Campus’ and hence wanted an opportunity to do something in this regard. 

Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved in leadership roles, societies and clubs, and engagement events?
It develops the students’ leadership skills and crisis management skills, which come in handy in our careers. Joining societies and clubs also increases our opportunity to socialize, and such experiences make our ‘Uni life’ memorable. 

Who is a leader you admire and why?
Narendra Modi (the current PM of India), because he is ready to make all the tough decisions that need to be made, even if he risks losing popularity. He doesn’t delay a decision if there are parties both strongly favouring and opposing it.

How do you manage conflicts or deal with problems?
I try to think what the most logical solution would be. The most important thing is to not panic and manage the situation calmly.

What are your interests at university and outside of university that make you a great candidate? 
I like to travel, read, and try new activities. I also play a lot of different sports.

What’s one issue you would bring to light, or one student engagement activity you would pitch, as a student leader?
I want to keep a social fun meet for all the new students who’ve joined in a Sem. In these difficult times, it is really difficult for students studying online to make friends, especially if they don’t already know someone at the Uni. So, there can be a meeting at the start of each semester, where students who’ve just joined can interact, socialize and get to know each other.

What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?
To make the most of every opportunity and just be the best version of yourself.

Tell us an interesting fact we should know about you: 
I once tried to take part in a debate competition but got rejected in the auditions. The next year I tried again and made it all the way from the auditions to being declared the winner of the competition. 

Finally, why should students vote for you?
I think, with the current scenario, we don’t know how often there’ll be lockdowns and border closures. So, instead of hoping really hard that everything will be normal soon, we need to make the online experience better and more enjoyable. So, if you agree with me then please vote for me and I’ll try my best to make the online Uni experience as close to real as possible.

Disclaimer: 
The answers above reflect the unedited opinions of the running candidates. These attitudes do not necessarily reflect the values of UNSA, Opus, or the University of Newcastle as a whole. We wish all the candidates the best of luck and ask all readers to use their vote wisely. Not all candidates listed may appear on your election ballot if they have not fulfilled all pre-election criteria set by the University of Newcastle.