Current Occupation: F3 Doctor NHS Innovation and Entrepreneur Fellow Associate Director of The Healthcare Leadership Academy
What other student activities were you involved in?
I was not involved in any club whilst I was at Barts, but I did a lot of peer teaching in my first two years - specifically MESS (Medical Education Support Society). I eventually became Surgical Society president in my third year, and did that for two years as president, and then later on as Academic lead. Also, I found myself helping to start the Societies Committee and was involved in developing the societies strategy. Oh, finally, I was involved in what was the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean society too.
Why did you run for BLSA President?
I wanted to make changes to benefit the wider student population. I wanted to empower students with their votes and make sure they knew they had a voice that was listened to. I had run in many fierce elections and always enjoyed the process, so I thought it would also be fun. Little did I know, but all my potential competitors pulled out!
How did you find the role?
To this day it is one of the hardest things I've done, and equally just as rewarding. It is so incredibly broad and challenging which means I learnt so much about the university, business, democracy, welfare, audits, charity regulation, and so much more.
Would you recommend it?
If you like a challenge, have the time, the energy, the motivation...then I would say absolutely. Be prepared to work hard, and be challenged by other students (even your friends!) and staff at the university. Always, always, always listen to what others have to say!