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Q&A with Dan: What it’s like to be Student Union President

Dan Ball is the Student Union President at Bath College. He applied for the role after he completed a year as Vice President, which he did around his Public Services course.
 
He wanted to share his experience with any students considering applying for a position on the 2020/21 Students’ Union.

 

Why did you sign up for the Students’ Union?

I signed up when I was sill a student to be Vice President because I wanted to make a difference within the college from the students’ voice. At the end of my college course, I wanted to be President because I wanted to expand my career within the Students’ Union and gain much experience as possible.
 

What does your role involve?

My role involves running campaigns with the participation team, running the Students Union and leading the Student Voice. I attend Learner Voice meetings which is where course reps come and contribute to changes they want around college.
 

Since being an officer, what has been your highlight?

My highlight has been meeting new students and getting to know them and how they are enjoying their course.
 

What have you learnt since being part of the Students’ Union?

I have learnt that being part of the Students’ Union is enjoyable and that it is worth doing as it builds up a good CV.
 
What advice what you give to someone that is thinking of running to become an officer in the Students’ Union?

Joining the SU will enable you to work as a team, meet new people, volunteer and build up your CV. I would recommend planning your election campaign with reasons why you would like to represent the student voice. Give it ago and take the opportunity while it’s there!!
 
 
To find out all about the 2020/21 roles, click here
 

 

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Q&A with Media student Joe for Autism Awareness Month

 
As part of the Students’ Union campaign to support Autism Awareness Month, we spoke to Joe who is currently studying Media at Bath College and wanted to share his experience of autism with fellow students.
 

Hello my name is Joe I am 18 years old and I study Media Level 2 and I have autism.
 
What interests/hobbies do you have?

I love watching anime, my favourite one is My Hero Academia. I love spending time with my family and talking to my friends and I love music.
 
When were you diagnosed with autism? Has it made a difference to your life?

I was 4 years old when I was diagnosed with autism and to be honest I was too young to understand what it meant until I was old enough to understand at first people used to bully me because of my needs and now I’m trying to get people to accept me for who I am.
 
What’s the best thing about having autism?

The best bit about autism is honestly the smartness that you get and when you work hard (but not too hard) then the brain grows and grows with new information.
 
What do you find challenging about having autism?

The challenge of it was the bullying and the hate I had because of my autism and also when people joke about things and I take them way too seriously.
 
What advice would you give others with autism about college life?

My tip to everyone who is reading this and who has autism is be more confident when you meet new people because the friends you make will make a huge positive impact in your life and trust me I have been there.
 
Who is your role model and why?

I have two role models:
 
Post Malone: because his music made a huge impact in my life and made me think the positive not the negatives and that’s how I got to love music even more than when I was younger
 
Izuku Midoriya: he is my favourite character from My Hero Academia because no matter how hard your life gets you gotta keep pushing your confidence and positivity and then it all pays off.
 
What are you planning to do next year?

I am thinking of doing music Level 2 next year.
 
What’s your favourite quote?

Peace, Love and positivity regardless of Race, Religion, Colour, Creed and Sexual Orientation. Logic (2017)
 
 
Thanks to Joe for taking the time to share his Q&A with us.
 
 

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