Euram Candidate Interview: Wiktor Szydlik

Interview by Anique Baillon


Please introduce yourself

I am Wiktor, some of you may already know me as “The Russian Guy” because I represented Russia in the Food Summit at the beginning of the year. However, I am actually Polish and have lived in Poland for 18 years of my life.

What do you think the role of a student representative at Sciences Po Reims is or should be?

Student Representatives should not be working only for the Reims campus. I think there should be a connection with the other campuses as well. Student Reps shouldn’t be limited to long-term projects because I am not going to limit myself. I want to focus more on solving problems and fixing them in real time. Student Representatives should care about their voters and the people that they are surrounded by. There shouldn’t be too much of a focus on how to improve the lives of the next cohorts of students but instead focusing on improving the lives of students right now.

Why are you running to be a student representative?

I am running because I believe there are several things that can be improved on our campus. A lot of people say that they want to “Make Our Campus Great Again” but I think it is already great. If it wasn’t, why would we apply in the first place?

What makes you qualified for this position?

I am a very flexible man that can multitask, and if some tasks require me to work through the night, that’s okay. In Poland, we are taught to work during every hour of the day. Moreover, I am a very organized person with very detailed schedules.

As a Student Representative, what would be your mission or your main goals?

I want to address the fact that we have multiple accounts and multiple tabs tied to Sciences Po. We should merge timetables, grades, weather, doctor’s appointment, calendar, library services into one app. I also want to make our healthcare service more effective and efficient. As it is now, one student gets the flu and everyone gets the flu. Moreover, I will take care of the cafeteria because I think the diversity of dishes can be improved. We only have student meals and I would like to implement something that is more culturally diverse. Each week or one week a month, we would have Italian cuisine or French cuisine. I am a very ambitious person that wants to implement a lot of things. I do not only want to focus on long-term goals. I am going to make a promise now. I want to address how we spend our breaks. Ping-pong is very popular and there is only one ping-pong table. If I am elected and I do not get another ping-pong table in the first 30 days, I will pay for it out of my own pocket.

If you could be any living person for a day, who would you be and why?

I am not a fan of one specific person, however, if I could be one person I think it would be the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. I would like to be in the shoes of such a great man. When I was a kid, I always wanted to see for a day what it would be like to be the head of state of a country. I want to know if I could handle all the international issues.


Photo: Abby Edwards

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