Tell us a bit about yourself, your Queen Mary journey and your role?
Hi, I’m Jojo! I studied Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics and I am now taking on the role of VP Welfare for the Students’ Union. My course was one of the Allied Courses, so I spent a lot of my time at university across the Whitechapel and Charterhouse campuses, as well as the Mile End campus. Throughout my course I was on the BL Lacrosse team and was a member of the committee for two years.
How would you describe the Students' Union in one sentence?
The Students' Union is hard to sum up in one sentence, but I think it is the hub for so much of students’ university experience, from participating in events and societies to finding time to unwind and focus on welfare.
What’s a piece of advice you would give to students?
My advice would be to join at least one (more if you have the time) sports club or society and give yourself enough time to get involved with lots of the activities/trainings they have. This is a great way to make friends and to give yourself time to unwind from studying.
Favourite spot on any of our campuses?
One of my favourite spots on campus is Canalside. This is often where me and my friends will take breaks from the library together and it’s just a nice place to sit in the sun if we are on campus.
What’s your ideal day out in London?
My ideal day would be to spend the day in Victoria Park with some friends. We usually take a speaker and a football, which is enough to keep us entertained for an afternoon. Also, I would recommend hiring one of the pedalos on the lake. Then in the evening go to one of the restaurants on Mile End Road. Rusty Bike is a personal favourite.
What’s your favourite thing to order from Drapers, The Griff Inn or Ground?
I’m not a fan of coffee but in winter I do enjoy a hot chocolate from Ground. Or if we are celebrating a lacrosse match win then I would head to The Griff Inn for a few rounds of pints.
If you were a superhero, what power would you have and why?
I’d like to be able to stretch and change my shape like Elastigirl from the Incredibles. I just always thought she was cool when I watched the film when I was younger.
What’s one thing at uni that students have to try before they graduate?
I think everyone should try a sport or society that is something they have never been involved with before. I joined the chess society and would now claim I somewhat know how to play, but I also got to speak to many people that I wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise.
What animal best represents you and why?
If I was an animal, I think I would be a seal because I am very sociable so I like to be in groups and can also be very loud. I also love to go in the sea, my holiday destinations are always somewhere with a beach.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
This year I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to help improve student experience so hopefully more students can have an experience as good as mine. In particular, I am looking forward to Welcome Week because I get to be involved with welcoming new students and kicking off the academic year.
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