Tell us a bit about your journey here at Queen Mary so far?
My journey at Queen Mary has been such a rollercoaster of experiences and emotions. Luckily, I love rollercoasters! I started my journey doing a foundation course, which prepared me quite well for my eventual degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I tried out lots of interesting societies, met so many people and have the best memories to show for it. I even worked in the QMSU reception alongside my studies, which allowed me to truly get a feel of the community and learn more about the wide variety of opportunities available, as well as see some amazing drama shows at Barts!
What’s your go-to order for Drapers/Griff?
Mac and cheese with garlic bread at Drapers! Top tip: make a sandwich out of it for cheesy garlic goodness.
What are your top priorities for the year?
At the risk of re-writing my whole manifesto on here word for word, my priorities as VP Education would be to introduce new technologies for inclusivity and accessibility, improve the current Course Rep system, boost employability, and lastly, better support postgraduate and international students.
Favourite spot on campus?
Picnic benches by the canal – but beware the geese.
If you could start again, what would be the first society you’d join?
I would join Snow Sports – their trips always looked amazing, but I didn’t think I was co-ordinated enough to join in. I later learned that anyone and everyone was welcome, regardless of ability. This is common in most (if not all!) of the societies, so feel free to have a go at any you think you’d like.
What’s your favourite non-campus place in East London?
Crate Brewery in Hackney - paddle to it on a kayak and reward yourself with amazing craft beers and yummy pizza (treat – yo – self).
If you could tell the incoming students one piece of advice, what would it be?
Enjoy your course, try new things and remember to take care of yourself both physically and mentally :)
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