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

I am an Electronic Engineering student who has studied at Queen Mary for the past 3 years. In my first year I ran to be the First Year Representative for Mile End, and was part of the Student Council. I was then subsequently a student trustee for the SU, seeing first-hand the impact the pandemic had on our Union and our students. This inspired me to stand in elections to then successfully become your President.

Being a current student (having interrupted my studies for this role) means that I understand the student experience, and am keen to serve in the interests of all the students at Queen Mary.

Favourite spot on any of our campuses?

Whilst I don’t have a favourite spot per se, I enjoy spending some of my time anywhere where there is a bit of solitude (for example studying in empty classrooms).

What would be the first thing you'd recommend to first years to try out?

I would recommend everyone to take part in one of the Get Active Program pop ups! It’s a great way to have fun, meet new people, and manage stress.

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

I’m not a Drapers or Griff kind of guy. I prefer going to the Ground Café, and getting an Iced Mocha with Caramel syrup!

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

With Mile End park being round the corner from my campus, I find it therapeutic to take a walk there every once in a while.

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

I know the question says one piece of advice, but I have two I want to share. The first advice would be for incoming students is to familiarise with the campus and our services, so you know where to go whenever you’re in need of help or support.

My second advice would be to take your time to find what works for you – Not everyone studies or rests the same way, and our differences are what make us unique! Find what works for you!

What is your ideal day out in London?

Having lived in London my whole life, I don’t find touristy areas too interesting. For me, I like to keep local and spend time with friends. I would encourage everyone to take the time to get to know your area, and find what hidden gems are hiding right under you!

If you could be on holiday anywhere right now, where would you be?

I’d be in Palestine, to spend time with my family that lives there and enjoy the local areas and cuisine!

What movie character best represents you?

After contemplating for a long time and being unsure, I decided to do a BuzzFeed quiz… Apparently I would be Susan Pevensie (from The Narnia Chronicles), but I feel like there’s a mistake in the quiz (no disrespect to Susan of course).

What’s your useless/hidden talent?

Although it needs refreshing, I know a lot about world capitals and flags!