We asked Swetha
Why did you run for Officer?
It was the whole experience. It's such a positive one. It was the best time of my life running for Officer, I had so much fun and I want more students to experience it.
What are your key focuses this year?
My key focuses are wanting to make students realise how much their time at University matters, and how much the little things can improve their future prospects. I'm also wanting to reach out to more students and ensure they're engaged. As well as this, I want to lay foundations for future officers.
What do you hope to achieve by this time next year?
Professionally, I'd like to make a difference to the student experience. Personally, I'd like to become more grounded and continue learning.
What surprised you the most when you started University?
I wasn't surprised when I came to university. It's very different to the way that I was raised, but I didn't struggle and ended up loving it. I grasped every opportunity available to me. I think I've become more liberated and I've grown up a lot. I'd have been every happy to have had genuine information on what it was going to be like. Nowadays the social media side of communicating to international students helps them.
What are three tips you would give to someone starting University?
- Put yourself out of your comfort zone. It's how you move forward.
- Be resilient. Things will knock you down, but you'll get back up.
- Plan ahead. Plan for tomorrow as well as living for today.
Were you involved in any clubs or societies or any other Union or University facilitated things?
I was an academic rep. I was also the communication manager for the Indian society and I was in the Liberation Network. I've been surprisingly proactive since day one and I wanted to get involved as quick as possible.
Did you work whilst studying?
I worked at LRV & Verve, two of the Students' Union venues. I used to cover a lot of shifts! I also volunteered for charities on the weekends. Going through the process of working part-time or doing placements or internships prepares you for full time work.
Tell us one thing about you that people might not know:
My work-mates at LRV used to think I was always drunk. I don't drink! I guess that's just the kind of personality I have.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
Why is it so hard to name a boat?! I'd call it "The Sunshine."
What is your spirit animal?
I would pick a Lion. It's a regal animal and they are leaders. They remind me of my dad, and I'm a lot like my dad.
How would your best friends describe you?
They call me mommy, so I guess as a mother figure!
What would you choose for your final meal?
I don't think I would have a final meal. I would rather see my parents.
Can you speak more than one language?
I can speak English, Hindi, Telugu and a little bit of German.
What is your favourite recipe, and alternatively, what's your favourite way to exercise?
I love a proper South Indian Chilli Chicken, it's amazing! In terms of exercise I like working my legs out and doing squats.
What is your favourite Union venue and why?
I would pick LRV, because working there gave me a huge confidence boost. On my first day, I finished at 5am and I was still buzzing. My work mates gave me the nickname Captain Happy!
What is your favourite motivational quote?
"Not every day is going to be the same" or "There is no problem without a solution". I think these describe me well.