What other student activities were you involved in at BL?
I had been actively involved with the Rugby Club since my first year at BL, residing on its committee for a total of 5 years. I had also dabbled with a couple of societies along the way and acted as a student representative on what is now known as the BLSA Board.
Why did you run for BLSA President?
It’s the job that provides the best opportunity to enact positive change and influence within the union and the medical school. Some people always complain about the status quo but are never willing to do anything about it; I didn’t want to be one of those people. As such, following a year working closely with the President at the time, combined with a few external motivators, I was encouraged to submit the application.
How did you find the role?
It is no exaggeration to say that it was one of the best years of my life. It was an eye-opening year in so many realms and it was as fun and rewarding as it was stressful. It quickly developed my skills in leadership and management, as well as in many other areas, that people pay good money to learn once they’ve qualified. It opened doors that would never have been opened otherwise (including, for example, to the office of the Sheriff of London) and has provided both personal and professional contacts that are still benefiting me today.
Would you recommend it?
It was an amazing year and I highly recommend running for the position; I certainly don’t regret taking the extra year to do it. It’s not an easy job, with lots of responsibility and expectation placed upon you, but you quickly develop the skills that enable you to fulfil the role. You’ll also have the chance to leave a legacy of beneficial developments to the union and the medical school and help protect the interests of BLSA; especially important at a time of such change, with the development of the Life Sciences campus in Whitechapel and the medical school in Malta.