Name: Susan Greenwood
Preferred Name: Susie
Degree and year of study? First year Postgraduate Research Student (MPhil - Linguistics)
What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold? Having played an active role in the Mature Students' Association (MSA) during my undergraduate studies here, it was clear that our cohort needed a genuine member of the mature student community to advocate for them though the SRC. There are lots of exciting changes happening on campus and we need to ensure our interests are properly represented.
What Clubs are you involved with at UofA? As well as being in the MSA, I'm a founding member of the new Linguistics Club APOStIL. I've also been in the Adelaide Uni Choral Society, Philosophy Club, German Club and the French Club - look out for their annual plays, they are great fun!
What led you to join the club(s)? I joined the MSA to meet like-minded older students and feel part of the campus community. The other clubs always have lots of events going on with like-minded people so signing up was a no-brainer!
Favourite holiday destination/activity? The Ile de Ré in France - we used to spend a month camping there every summer with our kids before we moved to Australia. It was a time to relax and lose track of time just cycling around the island, lounging on the beach and enjoying all the fantastic french food, drink and culture. I'd love to go back there again some day.
Favourite place to study on campus? The Mature Students' Lounge - you can find it in the basement of the George Murray Building near the Cloisters. There's a quiet area for when you need to do some serious study and a more social space for group work. It's so useful to have a locker there so you don't have to carry all your stuff around and the kitchen area with free tea and coffee means you don't have to go far when you need a break!
What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020? I hope to ensure that the mature student cohort has a voice on campus. I feel that the SRC should be concentrating on issues directly relating to the students on campus so won't be getting involved in political discourse. Mature students often face different challenges from the younger school leavers as we juggle study, family and work commitments, so these should be recognised and appropriate support provided. The Mature Students' Lounge is a wonderful resource that has been somewhat under the radar, so I'd like to make more mature students aware of the facilities and peer support available to them to enhance their time at the University of Adelaide.
What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? Get involved! Being at university is a great opportunity to be part of a community of like-minded people. There are so many clubs that there really is something for everyone whether it be directly related to your studies or just something fun that you're interested in, so why not give it a go? The recorded lectures can be a useful backup if you can't make it into uni due to other commitments but there really is no substitute for being there in person and engaging firsthand with the teaching staff and your fellow students. However, the main thing to remember is that if you're finding it tough to settle in, just ask. There is plenty of support on campus and some really lovely people in various roles to help you out or refer you to someone who can, whatever the problem.
KR, Susie G.