General Councillors

Billy Zimmermann

Name: William Zimmermann

Preferred name: Billy

Degree and year of study: I am studying my second year of a Bachelor of International Relations with a Bachelor of Arts 

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? I put my hand up to run for SRC because I want students to feel empowered and connected to University resources, too many times have representatives been elected only to neglect their role and not engage with students.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? I am a member of MANY clubs but the most notable one for me is the Arts Student Association in which I am the media & publications officer, on top of this you will find me at events run by the Politics and International Relations Association and the Sustainability Association.

What led you to join the clubs? I chose to get involved in clubs because they have been a place for me to meet new people and make new friends, one of the first events I ever attended at Uni was PIRA's start of year drinks where I had a great time and met some of my present day friends.

Favourite holiday destination/activity? My favourite place to go for holidays is down at my family's holiday home at Port Elliot simply for the great food and beaches.

Favourite place to study on campus? Cloisters/unibar hands down.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020? In 2020 I hope to help connect students to assistance on small issues, broad issues or anything in between that doesn't fit into the office bearing team's portfolios. I also hope that I will be able to increase student wellbeing through event organisation and advocacy on committees. 

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? JOIN A CLUB. Clubs provide students with social opportunities and a chance to meet new people with the same interests as you; be that hobbies, political beliefs or just the same faculty, clubs are an excellent place to start your university experience so that you can be fully immersed in University culture.

Darcy Hermsen 

Name: Darcy Hermsen

Preferred Name: Darcy

Degree and year of study? Second year Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? I'm a General Councillor, I decided to run after some friends encouraged me.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? Im currently a member of the Politics and International Relations Association

What led you to join the club(s)? It matches up with my interests well and I have a great time at their socials and meeting new people

Favourite holiday destination/activity? Anywhere with friends!

Favourite place to study on campus? Lower levels of Barr Smith, it's quiet so I can get my work done but not too isolated so it's easy to find and meet up with groups/friends

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020? I'd like to ensure that the university remains on its current system of semesters instead of moving towards trimesters and I would like to reform the university's current exam procedures by giving students more notice of when they are and more power to appeal inconvenient timetabling

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? Don't stress too much! It's difficult coming to a new place but there's so many of us here I'm sure you'll find a group you fit into soon. Always remember to use the services the university provides if you're struggling or not coping with your work, or even non academic issues that are affecting you - they've come to my aid many a time and have always been useful. I hope you have a great  university experience, whatever you're studying!   

Kartik (Kai) Patel 

Name: Kartik Rameshbhai Patel

Preferred Name: Kartik Patel Or Kai Patel

Degree and year of study? 

Master of Engineering (Aerospace) and Semester 1st, 2020 (Final year and Last Semester)

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? 

There are so many things that inspired me to join in the SRC i.e listen the students voice of different community, clubs, events and many more. My current role as a General Councillor in the SRC which listen and create new hope in the campus community and also take part in the SRC meeting to discuss current issues and solutions.    

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? and What led you to join the club(s)?

I had involved in the Adelaide Indian student society club, AYAA, AIAA and many more. I like Adelaide Indian Student Society because it engage indian community by organising different events and celebrate indian festival in the campus so that I never felt homesick and cultureless. Moreover, I was involved in the International Student Support as an International Peer Mentor which organise different types of multicultural events like LCE Event, Morning tea and O'week welcome and also help new commencing students to resolve various queries

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

My favourite holiday destination Leh Ladakh which is situated at Jammu Kashmir, India. It is well known tourist place as a himalaya mountain range and cloud burst surrounded beauty which feel like you are in heaven and also connect nature by heart. My favourite activity is playing cricket. 

Favourite place to study on campus?

One of my favourite places to study on the campus is Hub Central Level 4 and 3. In Hub Central you can access everything easily and also you will be aware about current events running on the campus.  

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020?

In 2020 General Councillor Role, I will hope to achieve status and prosperity amongst new commercing students by filling up gap between academic university level and industry level which will assist the students to settle in their life with their own likelihood jobs. 

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

As a senior and experienced uni life, I will  advice to students never lose the hope, keep trying and improve yourself by doing smart work. Always think in multiple ways, if you don't think like this then try to create multiple ways to show the world who you are. Meet each and every peoples from all community which help you to understand norms and culture.  when you studying think yourself as soldier who prepare for war but when engaging with others, think of yourself as a businessman and then make a decision like politician. 

Sunit Saha

Name: Sunit Saha

Preferred Name: Sunit

Degree and year of study? 

Penultimate Year - Bachelor of Computer Science.

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?

Being an inspiration for someone and helping them achieve their dreams is the best feeling anyone can get, and through this office with the role of General Councillor allows me to stand as a role model and make decisions for the welfare of the university community.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

1. University of Adelaide African Student Association (UAASA)

2. Adelaide Indian Students Society

3. Computer Science Club

4. Photography Club

What led you to join the club(s)?

As I was born in India and raised in Africa therefore, to keep in touch with the cultures I joined the Indian and the African clubs. Also part of the Computer Science club which helps me keep up to date with job postings, competitions and workshops. Also, I love travelling and taking photos hence, I became part of the photography club.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

Favourite holiday is going for a Safari in Masai Mara. 

Favourite place to study on campus?

Barr Smith Library is one of the quiet places to go study with individual booths for personal space.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020?

As the General Councillor, I aim to be part of making key decisions for the welfare of the university community and making sure that the students are being heard by the higher authority for making their experience at the university as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Starting out at the university can get pretty hectic and intimidating, however, this is where you grow, step out of your comfort zone and overcome your fears! There will always be representatives like us, who will be ready to help out in any way possible. Never keep quiet, always speak up and be heard by people!

Dahun (Dave) Yoon