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USASA Student Board 2021


The USASA Board, made up of 14 elected UniSA students, is the peak decision-making committee at USASA. The student board is passionate about representing the students of UniSA.

The Board has an overarching responsibility to manage the conduct of USASA's business and affairs. It is also responsible for the management and control of USASA’s funds and property.

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Student Representative Profiles

President

Noah Beckmann
becny003@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Originally, I was involved in the aviation student club and could see the work that can be accomplished through being active in the student community. I was a rep on the board in 2019 as the Mawson Lakes Campus Representative and saw the change that you can enact if you are dedicated and engaged, however, I didn’t quite feel that I’d achieved everything I wanted to, so I decided to run for the position of President in 2020. I’ve had the privilege of leading the student association through some of the toughest times in the history of higher education, and clearly didn’t get enough through my first term as president, so I’m back again to keep USASA as relevant to the needs of students as possible.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

I’d like to continue the work that began this year in making the university a more collaborative and student-oriented institution. One of the major pieces that will help move our institution forward is an increase in student representation in both the academic and governance operations of our university. If a decision is being made that impacts students, students should be involved in making that decision. It's as simple as that.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The space at Mawson Lakes is second to none. Everyone always goes on about Pridham Hall or the JS library, but I prefer some good old lawn from the GP courtyard.

 

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

Sign up to and get involved in every club you can! It’s the best way to get the most out of your time here at University.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

Second Valley.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Birds aren’t real. But if I had to pick, an eagle.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

So I always find this question weird, so I did a quiz, and it gave me Dr Alan Grant from Jurassic Park.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Wait, you’re getting sleep?
But seriously I’d just go flying.

 

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Postgraduate Student Representative

Dinuk Nanayakkara
nanny010@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Master of Information Technology (Enterprise Management)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Studying at UniSA has been my first on-campus university life experience and I believe that it could be the same for many other students. Becoming a student representative is a good opportunity to enhance my network and develop both professional and social skills. I am quite an extroverted person and have always been keen about the well-being of others. I know that it is hard to balance both studies and other chores of life. Hence, I wanted to become a student representative to advocate and be the voice of students to escalate and attend to their concerns.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

I am aiming to advocate UniSA to introduce more scholarship, grants, and prizes for continuing students and high achieving students, especially postgraduate students. I further aim to be an engaging member of the USASA board and work as a team to achieve more relevant and significant concerns. Also, to make the campuses more lively, engaging, and make students more aware of the facilities and services offered by UniSA.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

While my home campus is Mawson Lakes, I have had lectures at City West as well. The Mawson Lakes campus has a touch of nature with water streams and extravagant trees which makes it a very calm and quiet campus. On the other hand, city west is a busy campus, yet with better facilities being the main UniSA campus. Some major things I like about the Mawson Lakes campus are the supportive university staff, the brekkie bar and the afternoon tea which has a good atmosphere. The other best thing is the availability of ample and affordable parking facilities on campus.

 

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

Try to balance your well-being and studies. I understand that you should commit to studies, yet it is important to take care of your mental health and socialise when possible. My best piece of advice would be to encourage you to volunteer as much as possible since it will enhance both your social and professional networks, and gain valuable experience.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

I haven’t been to both Whyalla and Mount Gambier yet. One of the favourite places to go in Adelaide is Adelaide Hills because of the scenic views, calm atmosphere, and the greenery. However, I also like beaches and Port Elliot is another favourite place.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I would be an eagle mainly because of its personality coupled with intelligence and prestige. However, according to the DOPE Bird Test of personality, the dove dominates my personality which make me empathetic followed by the eagle where I tend to exercise authority depending on the situation. Yet, how cool would it be to have eagle eyes.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

I would choose the Avatar Aang from the TV series ‘Avatar: the last Airbender’ because of his cheerfulness, empathetic nature, and yet knowing when to become a leader and be responsible for the betterment of the world.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I will spend more quality time with my family, explore the internet, and travel.​

 

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International Student Representative

Ishika Sharma
shaiy015@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor’s of Business (Finance)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Since I have joined UniSA, I wanted to be a part of the university’s professional network through which I could strengthen leadership skills and connect with more students. It always excited me that how one can work hard to support students, have their voices heard and influence important decision making at UniSA. This would also lead to a better understanding for me of how the university works and then I can act accordingly between the students and university’s administrators.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

We all know about our special guest of 2020, that is COVID-19 who has been a major surprise for all of us, specially the students. It has not only affected the study lifestyle of a university student but also impacted the campus life for new and last year students. My aim is to bring back vibrant campus life so students can enjoy few events while they have their load of work at university. Adding to that, students should have flexible study pattern and have more information of what all UniSA provides to its students.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

From studying in Jeffrey smart, attending events around the campus to catching up with friends in the student lounge, I enjoy my time at city west campus (home campus). For me, the best thing is experiencing a completely different living as well as studying environment and meeting new people that I wouldn’t have experienced back home (India). 

 

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

As one of the student representatives, my advice to you all would be just be you and have faith in yourself. This advice came from my mother and she was absolutely spot on. During our uni-life, we receive a lot of opinions about what to do after graduation or how to be successful, but one should not forget that each student is different. Focus on yourself and know that things will work out eventually for you. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your uni-life whilst you all study ;)

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

Adelaide being such a pretty city during all seasons has its own balance of colourful landscapes. My favourite place to go is the river Murray. On a clear night, the sky is full of stars. This place feels magical and so peaceful. Want a mini-break from studies at night? I would recommend everyone to visit this place to stargaze and am sure it won’t disappoint.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I would be a parrot. Parrots give me happy vibes and the beauty of the bird amazes me. Being a parrot, I could explore the comfort of the tress and experience the sky in all its forms. I would definitely check how a parrot repeats after people and have its own way of fun!

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would do explore the city’s hidden places at night. A peaceful night city has its own beauty. I would also re-decorate my room and try and learn some easy cooking dishes as I am not a fan of cooking! Adding to that, these things will be done after a lot of procrastinating we all uni-students know that ;)


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student Representative

Rhys Peden


pedry002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying? 

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (honours).

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I have always been involved in a leadership role, for as long as I can remember. In previous years, I have designed and facilitated events for both the local community and my high school. I thoroughly enjoyed creating and managing these events as I was able to deliver something that was enjoyed. I also get involved in these leadership opportunities to deliver meaningful change that students want to see.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

Given the removal of the ENTEXT provision, I will continue to fervently advocate for better provisions and programs to provide extra support to those students that were reliant on the extra time provided by ENTEXT.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

I am based at the City-West campus and I may be a bit biased being a law student, but my favorite thing about the city-west campus is the law building. It looks like such an unassuming building from the outside but looks incredibly nice on the inside.

 

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

The most important pieces of advice I can think to give to students is to take every opportunity that comes your way. Even if the opportunity may not necessarily align with your future aspirations and career goals, there is always something you can take away from them.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

I do not really have a favourite place to go but if I had to pick, I would choose the National Wine Center of Australia.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be? 

I feel most closely aligned to an owl as most owls are nocturnal, like me.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

I couldn’t really think of an answer to this question so I do what everyone does in this situation – I resorted to a BuzzFeed quiz. Turns out I’m Dwight Schrute from the office? I’m neither going to agree nor disagree but if BuzzFeed says its correct, it must be so.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

What would I do if I didn’t have to sleep… let me think… probably watch the thousands of tv-shows I have queued up, waiting to be binged.


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City East Student Representative

Shivangi Singh
sinsy122@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying? 

Masters of Health Services Management 

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

My drive to do something beyond myself, which Noah Beckmann saw in me before I saw it in myself. I was all over the place, trying to create conversations, and do certain things without having any tangible results. The bigger picture, wherein my time at university accounts for something more than my degree led me here. The inequity in benefits for my campus, and the lack of the same culture as City West, which is imperative for people to learn and be the best version of themselves motivated me and still does to this day! 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

When I walked into Australia in 2019, very naïve and never imagining how and what my life will be. Year later, I made friends, connections and found mentors who help me with everything. I think everyone needs to have access to the same resources I did and know how to use them for your advantage. I will make it my personal mission to get my campus (City East) the same benefits and afford us the same opportunities. And while, all these are important, what is most important is working for the students and friends who voted for me. During campaigning, I talked to hundreds of people from different clinical streams going through different troubles. I want to create focus groups to bring these issues to light, then cohesively presenting them to the University Board to bring about actual changes for the people who have placed their faith in me. Creating responsible spaces, and conversations wherein the onus of university’s decisions should not fall on the students is my main driving force!

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The weird corridors and laneways, I know it puts people off because everyone keeps getting lost at the City East Campus. But I see so much history when I walk through these halls. Also, I have made it my personal mission to figure out how to not get lost here !

 

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

I have always maintained that a kind heart, and a clean conscience will take you places. Do not let other people or their actions “harden your heart” which is what I learned from Dr. Abdullah and has stuck with me! Your hopes and dreams are yours alone, and don’t you let anyone tell you that they’re not enough simply because they’ve never seen it done. I for one will always be cheering each and everyone of you onwards and upwards.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I would like to be a rundle mall pigeon, with not a care in the world and staring at people until they give you their snacks! 

 

Which TV character are you most like and why? 

David from Schitt’s Creek. Great clothes, always complaining about something and breaking barriers. 

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would never trade my sleep for anything! Anyone who knows me knows how much of a nap-fanatic I am. But if because of some forsaken reason I did not have to sleep I’d spend my time on my quest to find the best vegan dumpling in Adelaide. I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s Moi An for now!


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City East Undergraduate Student Representative

Hiranya Maini
maihy005@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I have always been an active element in my school life as I feel that school/ university life isn’t just about studying. The want to spread this idea by making the university life of the students fun and exciting, being their go to person for any kind of help and make them feel settled and comfortable in the uni made me fight for this position.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

In 2020, we students have not been able to enjoy the university life at its fullest as everything has been online. Hopefully, everything comes back on-campus next year so that I can execute the ideas that I have in mind. I want to arrange as many fun events on- campus as possible, try to engage students from various cultures in the university. One of my main aims is to make some changes in the library facilities to make it more convenient for students to sit and study for long hours. I also want to focus more towards the issue of mental health and want to come up with some organization on-campus to help the students regarding any of their worries.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

I really love the City East campus because of its homely setting. It’s a very warm and comfortable place right in the modern city centre which makes me love this place. I really like to come to its library and study as I can concentrate more here and study without any disturbance.

 

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

I believe in going with my intuition and would like to tell my fellow students to do the same. I know planning is good but I feel planning too much is a waste of time coz honestly not a thing in my life has come out exactly the way I planned it to be. So I think one should take action on the idea one has and as one moves along the way it turns into a plan and everything aligns itself. Try different things, don’t worry about failure and have confidence on yourself. This will help you to do very good things in your life.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

My favourite place to go in Adelaide is the walking trail along River Torrens. It is my go to place after a long day to sit and relax or maybe read a novel or go for a run if I feel like it. If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

My friends say that I am just like Chandler from FRIENDS which I agree too. I make jokes when I am uncomfortable, i love disturbing and irritating my friends, I can be wise when it is necessary and love making everyone happy.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would probably be listening to music on top volume on my headphones and surfing the internet for random things like the latest apple product or about things happening in Adelaide or world news or looking at and sharing memes with my friends.


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City West Representative

Sevara Yunus
yunsy010@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Law (Honours)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

More. Free. Food. I wanted to become a Student Rep in order to be an avenue of support for students on the fringes of our university community. University can be a very isolating experience for some, and I wanted to have a way of reaching out and providing support to the best extend of my ability and with whichever resources available. Seriously though, can we get more free food on campus?!

 

What can you achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

I aim to help revitalise campus culture post COVID disruptions. This would be through hosting more campus events, supporting clubs funding and development and collating student opinion. My most pertinent aim would be to endorse support services to a greater extent and be proactive in the Boards’ initiatives. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The best thing about City West would be the convenience of being in the CBD and having a wide variety of delicious food options. Also, the 24/7 library hours is great so I can cry in the same spot at any hour of the day, from leaving assignments to the last minute. 

 

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

Always make your well-being a priority- that is the foundation of the sustainability of your success and ultimately how you’ll be able to help others. You can’t pour from an empty cup. 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide?

It would be hiking Mount Lofty to reach the beautiful view of Adelaide at the top.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

A penguin! They’re so cute and I want a free tuxedo.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

Santana Lopez from Glee. A smart-mouthed comic relief and a mean sidekick. Also, I have been told I’m her look alike.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I would pursue artistic talent: either learn another language or take up an instrument.

 

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City West Undergraduate Representative

Joe Gaynor
hzyjc001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I’m entering my final year of study in 2021 and I wanted to be more involved and make a positive contribution before my University experience comes to an end. I’m excited by the idea of representing my peers on issues that impact us as students. 

 

What can you achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

COVID-19 has taught us that the University needs to be responsive and agile in responding to challenges that impact students. I hope to advocate for continued and improved financial, academic and personal support for students in 2021. I’d also love to help strengthen campus culture at City-West through support for clubs and events.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

I’d have to say the location! City-West has great facilities but being in the heart of the city is my favourite aspect. 

 

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

Enjoy the student lifestyle and make sure to utilise all the resources at your disposal to get the most out of your experience. 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide?

Carrick Hill is my go-to local walk and look-out. 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Rainbow lorikeet 

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

I’ve been told since the series ‘Normal People’ came out that I look like Connell Waldron, so I’ll go with that.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I might actually get around to reading the books I have stacked next to my bed.

 

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Magill Representative

Matisse Chambers
chamy137@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I am studying a Bachelor of Media & Communications, with a sub-major in digital media. 

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I was always involved with committees and leadership in school and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really didn’t want to walk away from my university experiences not having immersed myself or tried something outside of my comfort zone. I love being in an environment where I can speak to lots of different people and be introduced to new perspectives and ideas. I knew this position would provide all of this, so I took the leap and decided to give it a go!

 

What can you achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

I don’t have any specific goals, but I really hope to engage with as many students as possible and acknowledge what they need changed to improve their university experience. Overall, I want to use this position to its full extent, not be afraid to use my voice and challenge myself.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

Magill is super peaceful and feels like you’re hours away from the city. The landscape and trees give off such a calm vibe, especially in the summer when you can bask in the sun on the lawns!

 

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

I would say to take advantage and really appreciate your time at university. It won’t be forever, and I feel like it’s something you don’t realise how good it is until it’s over. I would also say to don’t be afraid to swap courses if you’re not 100% fulfilled with the one you’re doing. I did this last year and it’s the best thing I ever did, you just have to take the leap!

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

I grew up near the beach, so I always love spending my free time down there. Otherwise I love finding cute cafes or bars around Adelaide, particularly in Peel or Leigh street. 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?   

I think I would be an Owl; I always find my best creative ideas and motivation comes at nighttime. I’m good at staying up late, but not waking up early so an Owl seems fitting!

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

I would be Taylor Fry from ‘Mortified’, I used to watch that show all the time when I was younger, and she often reminded me of myself. She’s goofy, full of ideas, innocent and naïve at times, but also cares about her friends and family which I think I can relate to.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?    

I think I would spend it cooking!

 

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Magill Undergraduate Representative

Amelianna Alfred Domnic
alfay012@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I am currently studying the Bachelor of Psychological Science 

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

While studying at an institute within UniSA called SAIBT, I had gotten involved with the student activities and became the Advanced Student Representative. Transitioning into UniSA, the work done by USASA had inspired me join the team as I would love to be a part of the change.

 

What can you achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

As the Magill Undergraduate Representative, I strive to provide a safe space for all students, create more financial support and hold small events on campus. Most importantly, I will listen and be a voice of change for all students.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The best thing about the UniSA Magill campus is the amount of greenery surrounding the campus and it’s only 20 minutes from the city!!

 

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

Be confident, work smart and make the most out of your time at university.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

Glenelg because the sunsets are gorgeous!!

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?   

An Atlantic Puffin.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

If I were a TV character, I am most like Phoebe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S because she is never afraid to be herself and she cares deeply about people.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?    

If I didn’t have to sleep, I would love to travel the world trying out new food!!

 

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Mawson Lakes Representative

Shubhangi Chauhan
chasy294@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Master of Information Technology (Enterprise Management)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Before even coming to UniSA, I kept myself updated with the latest events that are happening and I came across the profiles of few people who have been representing the students and doing great work. I met them and realized that there is so much to do, there is so much to work upon. I decided that I would like to join the USASA team, represent students and offer them the best possible support. The work that USASA has done is the past is highly commendable and inspiring. 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

Being an international student and facing the COVID situation, I have seen that side of the education where student’s mental health is playing a major role. As a part of student body, I have the responsibility to provide the best service to curb this psychological impact, increase mental health awareness, create a vibrant college life and try to organize events that will increase the employability skills of students.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The best thing is that Mawson Lakes has the maximum number of international students from various backgrounds and cultures. You get to meet so many people, learn about their culture, mythologies and share love for similar interest like BBQs, snags, trekking and the list goes on. 

 

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

There is my favourite dialogue from The Pursuit of Happyness –  “You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period”. Trust me, whenever you doubt yourself, just read this quote again and you’ll be fueled up with confidence.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

Coopers Alehouse!! Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Three-Eyed Raven. I would have contributed to a better ending for Game of Thrones.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

Nico Robin from One Piece, a Japanese manga series. People may find me a bit conservative in the starting because I usually answer when spoken to. But after spending some time I tend to become a cheerful person. Another similarity between me and Nico Robin is that we both love reading and investigating stuff.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Watching conspiracy theories while munching on some snacks.

 

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Mawson Lakes Undergraduate Representative

Charlene Lee
leecs016@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Mathematics – Data Science

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

A huge part of the reason I’ve enjoyed being a UniSA student is because of the work USASA has done making my social and academic life better. I would love for other students to have the same positive experience I’ve had, and for me, that means getting involved with the board and getting things done on behalf of the student body.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

I students need fun and lively campuses in 2021, especially post-COVID. I’d love to see a return to events, activities and showcases that everyone can engage in. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The clubs! We’ve got some amazing clubs that host great events that are always fun to be a part of. I also like how big Mawson Lakes is, so there’s lots of places to hide and study in peace. 

 

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

Keep your sleep schedule in check.

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

I honestly love the Brightside café at the Mawson Lakes Campus - the atmosphere and the coffee is perfect for catching up with people or even just studying. 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

The Rundle Mall pigeon

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

Johnny – Schitt’s Creek. He’d do anything for this friends and family, he’s constantly trying to do his best, but in everything he does, there’s a slight feeling of just sheer panic.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I never thought I’d say it but I really miss team sport from school. If I had more time I would definitely join a footy or badminton team. 


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Mount Gambier Representative

Elly Hogben
hogem001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I have been in leadership roles my whole life. I have always found them to be very rewarding and enjoyable. I love meeting new people and I love lending an ear to listen. I’m very passionate about people and being a voice for those that don’t feel they have one (even though I firmly believe that everyone does!). I’m absolutely over the moon to have been elected! :)

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

•    Provide ALL students with constant support on any issues they may be having.
•    Be a friendly face for new students in 2021 (I know how daunting it can be!).
•    Host fun, unique events throughout the entire year.
•    Be a confident and strong advocate for the regional campuses.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The sense of community and belonging that it brings. Coming from a much larger university campus, I truly appreciate the welcoming and wholesome vibes that are present in the Mount Gambier campus. The lecturers and tutors know everyone by name and it really creates such a personal and supportive atmosphere. I absolutely love my campus!

 

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

Remember why you started. When uni gets hard, it can be so easy to want to give up. But you need to visualise your end goal and remember why you enrolled in the first place. Contrary to this, I firmly believe that if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing and if you truly can’t picture yourself in that field anymore, then change it up! There is absolutely no reason to be unhappy when a happy solution is right around the corner

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier? 

I absolutely LOVE Aldinga Beach (the actual beach). It is absolutely beautiful. So flat, so clear, and a great place to go for a sunset walk!

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Definitely a finch! The symbolism of a finch radiates joy, appreciation, positivity and simplicity (thanks Google), and that is me to a T!

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

Probably Jess Day from New Girl! She is a teacher (my life goal), and she is so bubbly, friendly and positive! 

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? 

Watch Friends over and over and over and over again (my favourite TV show EVER).

 

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Whyalla Representative

Ashlee Jones    
jonay033@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Nursing

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I love being able to help people and open their eyes to what UniSA has to offer.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

To have more student engagement on campus    

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The smaller class sizes, which assists in staff being able to have a good rapport with students.

 

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

If you are having trouble understanding anything about your assessments or the learning materials, seek assistance early, the tutors/lecturers are amazing and are there to help you.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

In Adelaide it would be the Adelaide hills wineries.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Swoopy chicken aka a magpie, because they are loud and fiercely protective of their young.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

Brianna Hanson from Grace and Frankie because she is bright, witty, organized and under her hard exterior she is a big softie.

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Spend more time with my family, and volunteer.

 


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UniSA Online Representative

Amy Djite    
djiay002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

A Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Online is a different environment for study. Majority of us have other fulltime commitments and we are studying to change or improve our career. Some of the things I have found as an obstacle (such as networking) I am sure others have felt it too. So therefore, there is a need to further understand the voice of online students. I have a passion for improving the lives of others in my everyday life and my empathic nature allows me to feel for others and how they experience life. I wanted to act on this and be able to support the online community with a desire for change.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2021?

A better online community to share ideas, thoughts and meet others that are like minded.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

I am online, so there are a few good things, but l'll go with the flexibility to listen to a lecture in 4 blocks or more and the online environment that lets you sit an exam in your own home.

 

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

Knowledge is power, pursue your dream even if it takes 5am starts.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Adelaide/Whyalla/Mount Gambier?

I love a bush walk around Brown Hill Creek with my children. The nature is amazing and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a koala or kangaroo or both.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

A Dove, they are seen as a symbol of peace and love around the world.

 

Which TV character are you most like and why?

I do not personally watch that much TV and cannot think of a human character. However, there are always cartoons in my house so, in saying that, I’m going with “Chilli” from Bluely (who doesn’t love Bluely?) She juggles her work with two children and loves to play and laugh with them. She always has her children’s days organized and also makes sure her kids play well together - That’s me :)

 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

A lot more than I get done now. I need my sleep, so if I had the extra time, I would have already finished my degree, I would be out making the change that I desire in the world. I would also read more novels rather than text books, exercise more and cook amazing feasts.

 


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2020 Student Board

Student President -Noah Beckmann
Post Graduate Representative -Lekshmi (Lex) Shylaja
International Representative -Melinda Ho
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Rhys Peden
City East Representatives - Timothy Pham, Jenny Chen
City West Representatives - Linus Johnston, Ned Feary
Magill Representatives - Emily Williams, Arunika Dutta
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Jaisree Ravichandran, Joshua Steele
Mount Gambier Representative - Lauren Baum
Whyalla Representative -Dianne Wilkins
 
2019 Student Board

Student President - Grace Dixon
Post Graduate Representative - Nida Baig
International Representative - Rana Harsh
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Christine Doolan
City East Representatives - Julie Ma, Sopor Tan
City West Representatives - Bridget Barletta, Ned Feary
Magill Representatives - Kate Riggall, Arunika Dutta
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Noah Beckmann, Thanusshan Packiyarajah
Mount Gambier Representative - Laurena Byers
Whyalla Representative - Wenona Reddaway-Worth
2018 Student Board

Student President - Jordan Mumford
Post Graduate Representative - Kate Riggall
International Representative -N/A
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Pamela Spek
City East Representatives - Natansh Modi, Sopor Tan
City West Representatives - Cecilia Tran-Nguyen, Bridget Barletta
Magill Representatives - Ryan Colsey, Tom Gilchrist
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Grace Dixon, Sneha Manimurugan
Mount Gambier Representative - Georgina Gogel
Whyalla Representative - Kemal Brkic
2017 Student Board

Student President - Kayla Dickeson
Post Graduate Representative - Louise Kyriaki
International Representative -Diana Wong (January-June), Luke Le (July-December)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Jordan-Leigh Graeber (July-November), Pamela Spek (November-2018)
City East Representatives - Han Nguyen, Natansh Modi
City West Representatives - Ryan Kennealy, Monamee Ishika (January-August), Zahra Darwishi (September-December)
Magill Representatives - Ryan Colsey, Carey Moore
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Jordan Mumford, Izik Nehow (January-June), Jivan Jothi (July-December)
Mount Gambier Representative - Julie Baum (January-December), Eerin Wilson (December-2018)
Whyalla Representative - Kemal Brkic

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