What skills have you developed over the year?
J: Over the past year I’ve developed so many skills, both old and new. If I had to whittle it down though the biggest skill I’ve learnt and developed is, without a doubt, organisation. You cannot achieve everything you are capable of as a Student Officer if you’re disorganised! But I’ve also developed my self confidence in public speaking. I still shake like a leaf - but at least now I can actually get words out when standing at the front of a lecture theatre.
S: Needing to be organised. Especially coming from student life to working at least 9-5 every day, doing so many different and varying roles, it was really important to make sure I was on top of things and organised.
Which campaign or project have you enjoyed the most?
J: SHAG week was far and away the best campaign of the year! It was so much fun doing every single part of both the week and the after effects. The fantastic puns were a highlight and dressing up in a giant boob costume was so much fun! Seeing sports teams and societies getting involved in something so straight forward as free STI Testing to win money for your club or society was inspirational.
S: I think the most rewarding change was working on mitigating circumstances. Working with the university on this and seeing the real, positive change for students was beyond rewarding. There is more to improve but knowing I have helped improve the process for students has been great.
What is your advice to the officer taking over your post?
J: My advice for the President of Welfare and Community Elect is definitely: HAVE FUN! Let yourself enjoy your year but also remember how important it is to take a break and make time for yourself.
S: Pace yourself. This year is going to pass you by so quickly but it’s also going to be long and tough sometimes. By pacing yourself you’re going to be able to enjoy it longer and get through the tough times with less stress.
If your year could be represented by one song, what would it be?
J: No Tears Left To Cry – Ariana Grande. (I just have to say this is because it's been mega emotional - full of happy tears as well!)
S: Sissy That Walk – RuPaul
What will you miss the most about working in the Union?
J: I’ll miss working alongside my friends every day and the way you never know what each day is going to bring. It certainly keeps you on your toes, keep things interesting and I hope I can find this in another job.
S: The toasted sandwiches in Eats are absolutely amazing. But more seriously, the staff have been amazing. Seeing a turnover of student officers every year, they’ve all made me feel welcome and part of the team in such a short amount of time.
What’s your favourite Hull saying that you’ll be taking home with you?
J: ‘Orrh Nur, There’s Snuuur on the Ruuurd’
S: Well, ‘Ull is me! Erm...
We'll miss you both! Good luck for the future and in all your endeavours.