A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
In the first part of this blog, I mentioned making new friends and knowing them better as well as developing your skills as the first two reasons to be a student representative. In this blog, I will mention the other two reasons.
As I mentioned in the first part of this blog, you mainly serve as the messenger between your classmates and academic staff as a student representative. Because of this, you have constant meetings and exchanging mails with academic staff that allow you to get to know them and their way of thinking, working and solving problems. Especially if you are an international student like me, this opportunity definitely allows you to experience and understand the `how-to`s and work-ethic of the country that you study in. Also, having constant meetings with your professors and academic staff allows them to know you better.
Beyond this, by being a student representative, directly or indirectly, you contribute to the decision-making process at program, faculty or even university level. By doing so, you can help your professors and academic staff to provide you, and to future students, with a better learning environment. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to see how the decision-making and organisation processes take place in the faculty which allows you to have a greater understanding on how an organisation is being operated before starting your professional career.
I think the most satisfactory outcome of being a student representative is to see that you have made a difference in one’s life, in this case your classmates. By helping their voice to be heard and negotiating their demands with the academic staff, you improve the experience of your classmates. Having such visible impact on others’ lives not only boosts your self-confidence, but also improves your leadership skills.
I hope that you are encouraged to run for student representative with this list. If you will be elected a student representative in the next term, feel free to let us know in the comments below 😊