Introducing - Alex, CSM School Rep

So, before I tell you about what the month of September has entailed I thought I would properly introduce myself, I’ll hopefully meet all of you at some point over the year, but for now here’s a little bit about me: I am a third year Business and Management with Law student and I’ve been a Course Rep and a Lead Rep throughout my time at Cardiff Met. I wanted to take on the School Rep role because I would love to improve the overall University experience of students at CSM. I came to Cardiff Met with expectations of how University life was going to be, I envisaged joining loads of societies, having different circles of friends and to be trying things I wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else.

Whilst I absolutely love being a student at Cardiff Met, I don’t feel like the CSM is being used to its full potential to boost every element of student life. So that’s what I plan to do this year, to work with you all through the representation structure to develop the areas of YOUR student experience that you think needs improving. So, if at any point, you have a light bulb moment, an idea you’d like to explore or just a suggestion please email me (csmrep@cardiffmet.ac.uk) or tweet me @CSMRep.

 

So, September! What a month.

To make sure that the School Reps and new Part-Time Officers were ready and fully equipped to take on their roles, the SU put on a training week. We arrived at Cyncoed, notebooks and pens in hand, 

preparing to meet our new team!

On the Wednesday of training week, we had a team building day booked in. We jumped into the SU minibus and hot-footed it up to Brecon where we donned wetsuits, hard hats and life jackets and attempted to build rafts, race them and get back all in one piece. We had a fantastic day, and of course, the School Rep team definitely won!! The week bonded us a team and to say that we all get on, would be a huge understatement.

I can honestly say that I walked away from our week together feeling like I had known that team of people my entire life, I was excited and so motivated to get started on new student projects and I hope that you all feel that you’re benefiting from that team bond throughout this year with the projects and events we put on – because that’s what we’re there for!

Fast forward to Freshers week, the team was out in full force across both campuses along with the wonderful SU Welcome Crew meeting and helping so many new faces. The Freshers Fayre was absolutely fantastic – everything from society displays to the mechanical bull, the pizza eating contest! It was a jam-packed day, but it was fantastic to have on full display some of the things the SU offers to students that you all can get involved in, just head to the SU website.

This blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning MetFest. To round off Freshers Week the SU combined everything that students love – (inflatables, glitter, circus lessons, cocktail making, massage, live music and zorbing), opened up Llandaff campus and put on a festival for all staff and students to enjoy. It was great to see everyone getting involved and enjoying themselves and to see students from both campuses using the same space, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but what a great way to kick off the new term, particularly for our new students!

As the new semester kicks off this week, I always think about what it felt like to start at Cardiff Met on my first day. I’m sure sitting in that first lecture theatre is something that will be engrained into every student’s memory for forever, either because you were nervous, excited, hungover or overwhelmed - it marks the beginning of a very exciting chapter, whatever you’re studying. My aim is to make sure that this year is just as memorable as that first day.

Myself and your Department Lead Reps (who are all absolutely wonderful) will be around in the coming weeks in your plenary or seminar sessions to introduce ourselves and to talk to you about your expectations for this year, the SU Representation Structure and, of course, how you can get involved. They’re really friendly, so make sure you say hello.

It’s really important that you have a say in your student experience, and the best way to do that is to become a Course Rep. This gives you a voice for the changes that you’d like to see. It’s a fabulous way to meet new people on different courses in different year groups and really get involved in extra-curricular activities! If you need any more information about being a Course Rep you can email or tweet me. I’ll be based in the atrium (when I’m not in lectures) so please, please come and introduce yourselves, I love a good chat!!

Finally, I’d like to wish you all, Freshers and Returners, good luck with the new term as it gets underway. Make sure you check this monthly blog to see what myself and the CSM Rep team have been up to and what is coming up on the calendar for the following month. It’s going to be a fantastic year.

See you all soon,

Alex.