Interviewed by Joanna Lancashire
What motivated you to run for student rep?
The first thing is that I’m a people person and I really care about the way that the campus is run and I see that student rep is an important job for making sure that everything on campus goes well and that students feel at home even when they’re away from home. That students feel like they’re being taken care of. I feel like that’s something that I personally want to make sure happens for people.
Do you have an previous experience in your run for student rep?
I have had experience with organising various things; I started this non for profit in Chicago called Chicago Youth Talks and as part of that I lead a team of people and I really enjoyed that and learned a lot from it. Now I feel as though I have better skills for making sure things get done for making sure things get done when they need to and task organising skills, having good relationships with people. I also did a lot of tutoring in Chicago and I really developed a sense of purposeful work and making sure people have all the tools that they need to succeed.
If you’re elected, what sort of challenges do you foresee you might run into?
I think as student rep, this year especially there’s a big thing about integrating the two campuses I think that will be a big challenge. I think obviously I’ll encounter problems with the administration, French bureaucracy is as we all know terrifying and absurd all at the same time but I’m sure that I can surmount those issues. I’m a native French speaker and I speak English fluently as well, and I care a lot about what happens on campus.
What do you think of the campaign process?
I think the campaign process has been fairly intense, to be honest. It’s been a lot about meeting a lot of different people, being open, making sure that everything I do is very transparent.
What is most unique about your platform?
My platform is that I’m a very approachable person, I work very hard to be, I try to make sure that everyone feels welcome and that they belong on campus and that they belong on campus. I think that’s the main thing a student rep should be someone who will always be there to hear issues and make sure that what you need to get done gets done.
If you could sum up in 3 words what the role of the student rep is?
Approachable, dependable, trustworthy.
What are you most proud of about your hometown?
So I have two hometowns; I was born and raised in Nice, then I moved to Chicago. Something people don’t know about Chicago is the aspect of sailing, and its kinda weird but that’s something I really love about my home town is seeing things from a new angle. Sailing is what brought me to see Chicago from a new angle and people from a new angle. Nice is all about love and nurturing and home.