FARNHAM MULTICULTURAL CANDIDATE
MADALINA SFITLIC[VIEW CANDIDATE PAGE]
I was born in Romania. I moved to Portugal with my parents when I was 8, occasionally visiting my family in Romania every summer. My surname is unique, we are the only family in the world with the name Sfitlic, and I don’t share my name with anyone else. I can speak four languages – romanian, portuguese, english and spanish – and therefore, by association I can understand a fair bit on french and italian. I moved to England to study when I was 19, two and a half years ago to study photography.
IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?
On the theme of multiculturalism, I would encourage everyone, not just those who are multicultural to join gatherings where we would talk about our different cultures, problems that need solving and other activities where the main purpose would be to learn from one another.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?
Going back to the gatherings I’ve mentioned previously, I think it would be a great idea to learn from others about the art culture in their countries, the folklore – this would give students different approaches for their work and learn about art in other cultures.
As there are so many people from all around the world at UCA, I think it is important to create a strong bond with people from everywhere. In today’s era of technology, the world seems to have become smaller – in the sense that people no longer have friends just around them, but their friends are spread across the globe.
HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?
I would talk to the students, hear their opinions about what they thing UCA is doing good and what things/ideas they would like to bring to the table and make sure they feel like they are in a community where if they need a helping hand, they will get it.