It's been a rollercoaster year for VP Societies & Media Sophia Bolton. She reflects on her time as a sabbatical officer working with so many amazing student groups.
VP Societies & Media
Stressful! But incredibly rewarding at the same time. You absolutely get out what you put in with a job like this. Even though Term One was filled by circumstances outside of our control which kept arising and Term Two has been dominated by Covid-19, I wouldn’t change anything about the experience. The variety of opportunities and projects we get to be involved with is unmatched in any other job role, it’s quite unique to students’ unions and I know I am lucky to have experienced it. The best part of my entire year was Society Awards. Being able to celebrate people who have put so much time, effort, and love into their groups was so fulfilling.
I’ll miss working with students the most out of all the responsibilities this job role has. Being able to solve problems and help people out has by far been one of the most rewarding parts of the job. I’ll also miss sitting on the Board of Trustees; being able to understand the inner workings of registered charities has been a fantastic learning experience for me and something I won’t get to experience again until much later in my career. I’ll also miss the lobbying aspect. Sitting in meetings to ensure that our student groups have the space they need was incredibly satisfying. Ultimately the reason I am in this role today is because I hated dancing on carpeted floors and joined the Dance Society committee to try and do something about it. So it felt really good to be fulfilling my first year dream!
I’ll also miss the amazing SU staff team in particular Dan, Laura, and the other Sabbatical Officers. I just don’t know how I’ll live without Dom continually poking fun at my life choices, Lucy’s never-ending support, Kate’s cuddles, or Jack’s sarcastic comments!
I’m really excited to be working as a presenter and co-ordinating digital campaigns for a not-for-profit organisation which educates children in ocean literacy. I’ll also be doing some liaison work in charities tackling homelessness and some communications and marketing work in a trade union.
You’ve got the ability to make real change on campus. Whatever change you want to make, whether it be support for trans students, decolonising the curriculum, or improving your society or sports club, get involved in all the opportunities the SU has to offer. Learn and grow and when the opportunity to run for Sabb comes along you’ll be able to cultivate your expertise even further. It’s a fantastic, diverse opportunity and I can’t recommend it enough.
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