Preferred Name: Caitlin Battye (She/Her)
What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? After several years of struggling with balancing my studies and my mental health, I have not noticed a sufficient level of assistance for students with disabilities, physical or mental. I was inspired to become Disability Officer after discussing many other people’s similar experiences, and meeting up with like-minded individuals and excitedly talking about avenues of improvement for students with disabilities.
What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2021? Throughout my term, I hope to increase accessibility to campus life and events for students with disabilities. Students should not be hindered from fully participating in all aspects of campus culture due to their personal circumstances. Additionally, I aim to advocate for students with disabilities in their access to online and physical teaching methods that best suit their needs, and ensure all students are granted equitable treatment across the board.
What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? I am involved with PIRA, Pride Club, and the University’s Classics club. Aside from these, most of my extracurriculars take place outside of campus (Dungeons & Dragons squad rise up!).
What led you to join the club(s)? I wanted to immerse myself more in campus culture, and to hang out with some groovy folks.
Favourite holiday destination/activity? One of my favourite holiday memories was riding camels around the Pyramids of Giza. Beyond that, I love hitting up markets or theatre shows at different places I visit as they’re great ways to experience the culture of a location.
Favourite place to study on campus? If I try to study on campus, I get distracted by hanging with the homies at the UniBar, so...home?
What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? Make sure to create a balance in your life between study and extracurriculars! Make friends, join clubs, rock up to class in a full-body shark costume...make sure to have a good blend between study and fun for the Peak Mental Health Experience™. Of course, too much fun and your grades won’t love you, so again, balance.