Name & Preferred name: Leah Schamschurin
Degree and year of study: Third year Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?
I have long enjoyed and supported student representation and was therefore eager to get involved in the Student Representative Council. After finding my feet at university during my first year, I began to learn more about university elections and the available positions. In particular, due to my passions for mental health, equal opportunities for all and inclusivity, I was instantly drawn to Welfare Officer.
What clubs are you involved with at UofA?
I am an active member of the University Labor Club, and have held two different positions on the club executive. I am also a member of Politics and International Relations Association (PIRA) and hope to increase my participation in the University Women’s Collective.
What led you to join the club(s)?
As a lover of politics and supporter of the Labor movement, I joined the Labor Club in order to meet like-minded people, increase my knowledge about the party, and have access to more volunteering opportunities on a state and federal basis. I regards to my involvement in PIRA (granted, it is more recent than my time with the Labor Club), I desired to keep up to date with current international issues, be it in regards to policies, conflict, or social movements, as well as find a platform to have intellectual conversations with people with different perspectives. When looking to the Women’s Collective, while it may not be an official club I believe its cause is as good as any. Representation for all women, regardless of sexuality, race, religion, age, or life experience, should be not only allowed at the University but also encouraged. Women who support other women create a healthy and safe culture not only on the campus, but in all aspects of life.
Favourite holiday destination/activity?
I have been travelling since I was born (literally) and consider myself extremely lucky to see a different part of the world each year. Out of every place I have visited, Singapore and Los Angeles stand out as my favourites.
Favourite place to study on campus?
What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2020?
I hope to improve mental health awareness on campus, as well as create more spaces/events that focus on the topic. I would also like to empower students to drive campus culture, support clubs that are currently operating on campus as well as aspiring clubs, and ensure that there is a greater rate of student participation when it comes to decision making processes.
What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?
As hard as it may be, try to immerse yourself in every aspect of the university of experience. Join some clubs; talk to people you wouldn’t usually talk to; explore the buildings and outdoor areas. Really put yourself out there and trust that you’ll find your place amongst the chaos that comes with being a student.