September and October Reports:
These last two months have been rather eventful for us at USASA with some very valuable staff members moving on to different parts of the Univeristy and as well the overall madness that seems to occupy the last half of every semester for all university students..
June was as busy as it always is for me this year, with study, work, exam preparation and USASA commitments including it’s premier event finishing its campus tour at City East – Unitopia!
For those of you that haven’t been to a Unitopia yet, firstly you’re missing out, they are campus events focused on handling exam stress and relaxation techniques through a healthy dose of henna, massages, tea, smoothies, winter soup and toasties, chocolate meditation and small cuddly animals at the petting zoo. I was given the significant responsibility of managing the smoothie bike which saw me make a small plantations worth of banana smoothies . The event is always run fantastically well and this year was no exception, it was great to talk to the students and bring all of the USASA staff to our little campus, and I’m sure all of the students that made it into University in the last week of the semester to attend valued it as well.
April was quite a busy month for me as I got stuck into all of the responsibilities and opportunities to represent the student body as a USASA representative!
One way in which us as USASA representatives can represent students is on a more individual level is to sit on the Academic Review Panels as they deliberate the cases put to them, in this case the School of Health Sciences at the City East Campus. I have been fortunate enough to not have any dealings with these panels during my time at the University, but I was impressed by the professionalism and compassion that the panels gave to all the cases put in front of them over the series of meetings. I’m not sure how I imagined the process of preclusion from the University before the meeting, but it is certainly not a cold computer that precludes students with no thought for their circumstances as I guess some people might picture it.
This marks the first of my monthly reports since getting tapped on the shoulder to fill the position of City East USASA Representative, so here goes! March was quite a short month for me as I only really joined the committee halfway through the month at my first meeting, so the remaining few weeks saw me try to figure out how everything works and to try to hit the ground running in my new role!