JULIA MASON – ROCHESTER STUDENT EXPERIENCE OFFICER CANDIDATE[OTHER ROCHESTER STUDENT EXPERIENCE OFFICER CANDIDATES: TASMIN BRINDLEY]
As a child I have always dreamed that I could be a animator or at least a better artist. So I decided to join the art industry. I enjoy my course very much and I want to help in anyway I can to help spread the joy and amazement that it is to be a student. I am already a member of the Student Ambassador team as well as a representative for my course. So the more I can do to help the better really. In terms of everything else about me, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my friends, playing computer/video games, writing stories and reading.
IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?
If I was elected I would be very enthusiastic about spreading the message and helping students in my campus and across other campus’s in relation to my duties. I would be a listener and listen to students and do what ever I can do help them fulfill their wishes within the community. In terms of online, I have a skill set of social media relations which I can use to help collaborate with other students on the 3 other campus’s and ensure that everyone has their say. As my course invites our students to have a creative blog to display all our work, I think it would be a good idea to have a blog where students can go to share their experiences. Not like Facebook, but a similar scenario. This would hopefully then encourage students to share their experiences in a positive way or even a negative way, so that other students can respond and invite that student to advice and help that they may be looking for.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?
I would help promote the current opportunities as much as I can, as well as help make it easier for students communicate across campus, and within, in order to help them in anyway they need. I would like to also promote a social interaction forum online, rather like how I operate on my course with out blogs and the course blog. So that it becomes easier and clearer for students to talk to each other as well as present opportunities on wider scale.
HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?
Every student has a voice, but not everyone can be heard. I want all students to be able to have that equal opportunity to have their say, and for the Union to be able to return that voice with more positive, inspirational results. Therefore, perhaps help the union be aware that more communication is needed between them and the students and most of the students probably do not know what the Union does and how they go about their mission to make the student experience better – in all honesty I knew there was a Union, but I didn’t think they were doing much to help as they actually are. I would want to possible help the Union, through social media and inner community to make sure that students know who the Union are, help them understand the Union’s intentions and just generally make students aware that the Union exists.