Meet your VP Barts and The London: Megan Annetts

Tell us a bit about your journey at Queen Mary so far? 

My journey has been brilliant - I have been at the School of Medicine and Dentistry for 5 years, 4 of which studying medicine and an extra year getting my intercalated degree. Over this period there have definitely been some very stressful times sweating it out in the library but being part of the community and involved in the student groups has made it all worth it.

I have held a number of committee positions including being a Course Rep, Sports Officer and QMSU Student Trustee and would recommend all students to get involved in BLSA and the wider QMSU to get the most out of their time here.

What’s your go-to order for Drapers or The Griff?

No brainer, The Griff mezze plate- all day, every day.

What are your top priorities for the year?

I want to build upon the incredible community spirit within BLSA and QMSU. With the expansion of the SMD cohort I want to make sure resources increase accordingly so our academic and welfare needs are met and our student groups can continue to grow. I am also going to promote being green in my projects to empower all students to become more environmentally sustainable in their everyday lives.

Favourite spot on campus?

Barts Hospital courtyard in spring time - nothing like the blossom over the fountain for those Association Dinner pictures! In all seriousness I think it is one of the most beautiful spots in London.

If you could start again, what would be the first society you’d join?

Wouldn’t change a thing. There are two absolute essentials for me, Barts and The London Women’s Hockey Club and StreetDoctors. BLWHC has made my time at university, I have made life-long friends and the support my team mates have given me has made my good times and got me through the bad times. StreetDoctors is hands down the best organisation I have come across, if you are a medic, no matter what year group, look it up and find out how to get involved.

What’s your favourite non-campus place in East London?

I have two - Hackney City Farm, where you can go get your plastic free re-fill foods whilst saying hello to the piglets and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre Pitch 1, international standard pitch for a sub-standard hockey player like me is pretty special.

If you could tell the incoming students one piece of advice, what would it be?  

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

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