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What degree are you undertaking?
Bachelor of Arts: English and Writing.
What made you want to run in the 2022 UNSA election?
I have a passion for leadership, and I love taking up roles that are challenging yet make me do better for the people that I care about. This feeling helped me decide that I should run in the 2022 UNSA election.
What about the position you applied for appealed to you?
The position of the International Students Senate Convenoris appealing because, in the time of the pandemic, it is important that the University looks after the needs of students who have come to another country, continent, city—leaving their family behind. It is necessary that their voices are heard.
Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved in leadership roles, societies and clubs, and engagement events?
This helps in increasing the student's engagement with the University, and the decision-making process is provided with a wider vision.
Who is a leader you admire and why?
I admire Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. The way they led two countries, and how, is inspiring and thought provoking.
How do you manage conflicts or deal with problems?
I would not lie; I tend to lose my calm at times. Yet, in times of adversity, I've made some useful and meaningful decisions by practical thinking and logic.
What are your interests at university and outside of university that make you a great candidate?
Well, I believe that change is the only constant. It is important to change perspectives so that life can be changed. So, having a new face in the council provides a newer perspective and, hence, influences change.
What’s one issue you would bring to light, or one student engagement activity you would pitch, as a student leader?
FEES! The fee hikes are appalling, and it is a matter of grave concern. It's important that we, as a team, face it.
What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?
Don't be afraid of making mistakes, they're preparing you for what's coming next.
Tell us an interesting fact we should know about you:
I am gay!
Finally, why should students vote for you?
They should vote for me if they believe that change is important. If they feel that I'm capable of this, then they should. Because, in the end, their decisions are the only thing that matters.
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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.