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October 14, 2013 | by  | in Opinion |
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President-Elect

Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the VUWSA elections! After a jam-packed two weeks of lecture-bashing, chalking, postering, speaking to clubs and approaching poor students trying to eat their lunch, I was honoured to be announced as your VUWSA President for 2014.

I’m excited for next year. I’m excited that VUWSA is on the move (we’re moving to the old VicBooks, top of the Student Union Building) and I’ll get an office where students can knock directly on my door. I hope you’ll all want to come say hey and introduce yourselves over a cup of tea. I’m excited for O-Week and meeting all the first-years and bonding over sausage sizzles. I’m really looking forward to leading a new Executive, and am proud of the fact it is 60-per-cent women.

It’s probably healthy to be also a little bit nervous about becoming your President. I look forward to election year, because I want to see the Hub filled with students, asking politicians the questions that will make them squirm. But I’m also nervous, because when the media calls for a “student view”, I know that there’ll sometimes be letters in Salient the following Monday that disagree with what is said. It’s not easy representing such a diverse bunch, but I’ll do my best to listen.

But before I get too excited, I’m keen to get stuck into my exams, and have a wee bit of a holiday before I hit the ground running on 5 January. Before you launch into café work, or trek home to Hastings or Invercargill, make sure you take at least one night to be young and drunk in Wellington and remember how beautiful the world (and the waterfront) really is.

Thanks Rory, for the constant encouragement and for making me laugh with your quirky outfits. After all the weekends at VUWSA, and the endless meetings, I’ve learnt so much from your courage and I’m proud to follow on after you.

For everyone else, see you in O-Week. I’ll be frying onions like a boss. Beyoncé’s ‘Who Run the World (Girls)’ will be on the radio and 2014 will be the best year yet.

Your humble President-elect,

Sonya.

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