Thinking of running for VP Wellbeing & Diversity? Present incumbent, Alice Goode, shares her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments, her biggest challenges, what she has gained, and her election experience!
Thinking of running for one of the four full-time Sabbatical Officer roles in this year's SU Elections?
To give you a flavour of what being a Sabb entails, we've enlisted the help of our current Officers who took time to answer questions including what their roles entail, what they've achieved so far, what they've gained from the role, and what their experience of running in an election was like.
Next up is VP Wellbeing & Diversity Alice Goode, sharing her experience in the role as she looks back to some of the most important moments.
VP Wellbeing and Diversity
I can honestly say that no two days are the same – but there is a structure to the week.
I think the better question is what haven’t I done! You will hear the SU talk about the different hats the Sabb role has quite a bit. And by this they mean the Sabbs have many different roles – we are student representatives, a staff member of the SU, a member of the senior leadership team, and a member of the Trustee Board. Because of that, you do a lot.
The short answer is a whole bunch of new skills and a bucket load of confidence. Chairing meetings, drafting papers, contributing to college committees, writing, and then delivering project plans for your manifesto aims requires a range of different skills which you pick up along the way with lots of help from the staff team.
I think my biggest challenge has been to trust in myself and speak up when needed. Having just graduated, I hadn’t ever been in a situation where I had to advocate for others and challenge senior members over decisions they had made. But as a Sabb, you are in these situations right from the beginning. I was excited to be in those rooms and have the opportunity to represent others, but it was scary. I’ve had to work on my self-confidence a lot, and have learned that what I’ve got to say is just as valid as everyone else.
Having run during the middle of Covid-19 lockdowns, we all had to do our campaigning online. I had been planning my manifesto points for a while, but the thought of campaigning and putting myself out there was terrifying. I’d never used Canva before, never made a campaign video (which took forever to edit as I’m the least techy person going), and never campaigned for anything before ever. It was all an entirely new experience! But it was loads of fun as you got to be really creative and make it completely your own. My friends and family were really supportive and were there to tell me to get off Instagram and breathe when I’d been obsessively analysing my campaign page for hours.
The other people running were so incredibly lovely, which was unexpected but something I was really grateful for. We would often message each other to say how we loved their new post or thought their manifesto aim was really cool. Everyone was in exactly the same boat so understood what it felt like to be in the spotlight, running against other amazing candidates.
The one piece of advice I would give is to trust yourself! Whatever you do it will be great, don’t get too hung up about what other people are doing – what may work for them may not work for you. Believe in yourself and be you!! You don’t have to have all the answers all of the time – acknowledging this and talking to other students is just as important as having set ideas and aims. Don’t worry about not knowing something or needing to ask others, that’s completely normal and absolutely fine. You can’t be everything to everyone, so, be authentic!
Like the sound of what you've read? Nominations in the SU Elections are now open – get more info and nominate yourself below, or drop an email to Phillip.Dowler@su.rhul.ac.uk.
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