Get to know your 2019/20 Exec

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Part 2 of a ‘Get to know your Exec’ for 2019/20.
Thank you again to everyone who took time out to answer these questions!

We asked the exec to answer a few of the below so you can get to know them a little better and hopefully offer some crucial foody advice for incoming freshers.

  1. Your #1 goal as a member of the Stevo exec for next year?
  2. Most random/interesting fact about yourself
  3. Favourite Stevo event of the past year
  4. Where to go for the best food in Durham?
  5. Which societies/sports are you involved in if any? (College or wider Uni)
  6. One place in the world you’d love to travel to
  7. Dead or alive, who would you invite to a dinner party?
  8. One piece of advice for incoming freshers
  9. What’s your go-to karaoke or must-dance-to song?
  10. All-time favourite book or film

 

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Amaar Lone – JCR Chair – Politics (1st year)

WHICH SOCIETIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I’m the president of the Stephenson College Poker Society.

ONE PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:
I would love to travel to Tunisia, mainly to see the ruins of Carthage, or to the Isle of Skye.

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHERS:
Try to enjoy first year as much as possible!


 

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Melisa Yilmaz – International Officer – Psychology (1st year)


MOST RANDOM/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I can speak Turkish, French, Romanian and English. I love learning new languages.

MUST-DANCE-TO SONG?
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHERS:
I would recommend the incoming freshers to keep in mind that this is just the first year and there is nothing to worry about so just have fun (…and learn to cook at least 2 meals beforehand so you don’t have to spend all your money on takeaways!)

ONE PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:
I would love to travel to the Bahamas so that I can pursue my dream of becoming a farmer and cut ties with the rest of the world on an island.

 


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Mariam Ibrahim – Societies Officer – Law (1st year)

YOUR #1 GOAL AS A MEMBER OF THE STEVO EXEC FOR NEXT YEAR:
I definitely want to increase the range of societies we have to make sure we’re catering for all JCR members, with a focus on running society events. We have a much bigger intake of freshers next year, so I’m excited to see our existing societies grow and new ones form! I would also love to have a ‘Sports and Societies Day’ – basically an inter-block Stevo Varsity. There’s been a lot of talk about this, so would love for it to happen next year!

MOST RANDOM/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF:
In 2013 I was the Street Dance under16s Pair European Champion
WHERE TO GO FOR THE BEST FOOD IN DURHAM:
Riverside Kitchen – can you get more ‘Durham’ ?
WHAT’S YOUR MUST-DANCE-TO SONG?
High Hopes by Panic at the Disco always gets me on the dance floor.
WHICH SPORTS/ SOCIETIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I’m definitely not sporty, but maybe that’ll change next year and I’ll take up a college sport! This year, I’ve been on the Exec of Tedx Durham Uni Society and next year I’ll also be running the ELSA Society. I’m also involved with a few of the uni law societies as well as part of the team that formed the Stevo Union Society this year.
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHERS:
First year is genuinely an experience like no other – I’ve had the best year ever! You’ll have this experience once, so make the absolute most of it. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, get to know loads of different people, try new things but most importantly, have lots of fun and make memories you won’t forget!

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Klara Brown – Vice President

YOUR #1 GOAL AS A MEMBER OF STEVO EXEC FOR NEXT YEAR?
My #1 goal is to make Stevo a great place for incoming students. To make sure all students have opportunities to develop and to enjoy university and college life.

MOST RANDOM/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU:
I’ve passed a snake-handling course in South Africa.

DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Nelson Mandela

WHICH SOCIETIES/SPORTS ARE IN INVOLVED IN?
Hill orchestra, International Society and Finance Society.

ONE PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:
Germany and the Netherlands

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOK OR FILM:
Lord of the Rings

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHERS:
Get involved and make the most of all opportunities at college to meet new people, learn new skills and make the most of your time at university.


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Lisa Twomey – Welfare Officer

WHERE TO GO FOR THE BEST FOOD IN DURHAM:
Fat Hippo or Riverside Kitchen

WHICH SOCIETIES/SPORTS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

Netball and Lacrosse

ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:
Fiji


 

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Mae Lonsdale – Sports Officer – Applied Psychology (3rd year)

FAVOURITE STEVO EVENT OF THE PAST YEAR?
I may be biased but my favourite day this year was for sure our Varsity with Butler in February. Planning the entire day was so much fun and executing it was even more so! I’ve never felt more proud to be Stevo than when I was running around Maiden Castle head-to-toe in red, going from match to match, seeing so much support from the sidelines. It was such a special day and everyone was in such high spirits, and was probably my favourite day of my past 3 years here!

WHERE TO GO FOR THE BEST FOOD IN DURHAM:
I will never stop raving about Whitechurch’s Sunday roast, definitely up there as a contender for my ‘Death Row’ meal.

WHICH SOCIETIES/SPORTS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I play lacrosse, netball and I’m in the Phoenix Cheer Team.

ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:
Since doing a project about it in Primary School, I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, so that’s definitely top of my bucket list!

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING FRESHERS:
It’s going to sound dramatic but I wish someone had told 18-year-old-me to have faith in the idea that everything happens for a reason.

I applied to a different college at Durham to do a different course, and planned for absolutely EVERYTHING over summer. But results day came around and I missed my grades, got offered another course and a place at Stephenson and I thought my life had been turned upside down. Little did I know that spontaneously accepting that unexpected offer would be the best decision I’d ever make.

You can plan for every situation you can imagine, but life tends to throw these curveballs that change the game and sometimes the best thing to do is ride them out! Try not to stress too much, everything will work itself out!


 

Thank you future exec for all your insight! It looks like 2019/20 will be a fab year!

On those words of wisdom, I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck with the rest of exam season and as always, don’t forget to look after yourselves and each other.

x


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