USASA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student Representative


Rhys Peden







What are you studying?

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Psychology

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I've always been in student leadership positions for as long as I can remember. I think the most impactful reason for becoming involved in student leadership is the ability to elevate and empower the voice of others to ensure that their voices are heard regarding current issues.

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2023?

I don't really have an aim for UniSA students for 2023. Ultimately, I would love to see more UniSA students getting involved in the services that USASA offers, particularly in the new student voice project.

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

I may be a little biased but the mock courts in the law building are pretty awesome.

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

It may sound cliché but it is really important to take each and every opportunity that you're presented with.

What instantly puts you in a good mood?

Cooking - I've been cooking a lot more in recent months and its been something really enjoyable. Whenever I'm having a particularly rough time, I'll just start cooking something and tend to forget about it and just enjoy the art of cooking.

What is your go to drink order?

If we're talking alcoholic, a gin and tonic (in a tall glass) otherwise, lemonade.

If you could have dinner with anyone - dead or alive - who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with someone dead or alive, I'd probably choose my great-great grandparents, just to find out more about my family history and where I come from.

What is your best personality trait?

I'm not really sure -- I'd probably say... uhh... cautious?

The University of South Australia Student Association acknowledges the Kaurna, Boandik and Barngarla First Nations People as the traditional custodians of the unceded lands now home to the University of South Australia’s campuses in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia. It was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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