Student Associaton Testimonies
Student President 2017-18 and Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing Vice President 2016-17
I was the Vice President of Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing and studying HND Beauty Therapy. I have studied at West Lothian College since my NC year in 2013. As a self-funding single mum I know first-hand the impact a difficult home life can have on a student. I wanted to become Vice President to represent Students and help to support as many as I can in a number of ways. I feel that everyone should have an amazing time while they study and I wanted to help students access all the facilities provided to achieve all that they can. I also wanted to achieve 5 Stars at the Healthy Body Healthy Mind award for the Students. This opportunity led to me running in the Elections for President, which I won and was the Student Association President 2017-18
Student Association President 2016/17 and Vice President 2015/16
Two years ago I began studying Preparation for Business Management; I was very scared that I would be unable to finish the course due to the language barrier as I am originally from The Czech Republic. I was studying ESOL for 3 years and I had finished my intermediate 2, but I wasn’t very confident about my English grammar. First year at college was much better than I expected, I had a great lecturer and he helped build my confidence to the point where I felt confident enough to volunteer to be a Class Rep. Being a class rep was a great opportunity to be involved with other students and learn more about the Student Association and be a part of the events that they held. In the end of my first year of study The Student Association was looking for candidates to apply for the roles of President and Vice.
President and once again my lecturer showed huge support giving me the courage to apply for the Vice President position. Every candidate has to prepare a campaign and as the voting system is democratic, only students are allowed to vote. I won the election and became Vice President! I could not believe it; I was so happy and excited
The role of Vice President was the best job I have ever had in my life! I was a part of great team and working alongside Micole our Development Officer was absolutely amazing. I learned a lot of new skills including public speaking which terrified me at first! However with the help of my development officer I became a lot more confident speaking in public.
I won the election and became the President of the Student Association 2016-17. I am very glad that I became a class rep two years ago as the opportunities the position has provided have been unbelievable!
Health and Social Care, Science and Social Science Vice President 2015-2016, 2016-17 & 2017-18
As a parent and mature student, I was very aware of the pressures student life can have. My time as V.P will was all about the students and their experience at West Lothian College, highlighting the many opportunities available to all students. The Student Association was a fantastic experience r and I am very much looking forward to developing further.
I was class rep and Volunteer Officer in 2015/2016, just as the Student Association was in a new phase updating training and choosing their constitution and main objectives. I had the opportunity to be a part of the planning and attending meetings to deliver the new model of the Student Association to college staff and a volunteer which was valuable. This provided me with many training and development opportunities which was a massive boost to my personal development and skills giving me the confidence to put myself forward for Vice President. I was successfully elected as the Vice President for Health and Social Care. This then led to more development and I was able to really make changes in the Student Association for the Students. I ran for a second term as Vice President and was elected again, really having the students at the centre of all of my decisions. We introduced free sanitary products for students as an example. All of the skills and experience helped me to apply for University and so my journey continues.
Computing and Engineering Vice President 2016-17
I was the Vice-president of Computing and Engineering and I was studying HND Networking. I decided to apply for the Vice President role because I kept looking around College and seeing things I felt I could improve but I was not sure how to put forward my opinion and ideas. I then heard about the Student Association and as I found out more and I learned about what they did and how much it helps. I then saw that there was an advertisement for the role as vice president and decided I’d go for it. I was elected and was able to put forward other student’s opinions and make important changes to improve their college experience. I also sat on the Equality Committee to represent the student opinion. I gained lots of skills and experience as a Vice President and would recommend it.
Business and Creative Vice President 2016/17
I was the Vice President for Business and Creative Centre 2016/17. I was studying Level 5 Business and have been at West Lothian College as a Student since 2014. I started to become involved with the Student Association as a Class Representative and this allowed me to get more involved with the Student Association. I took part in the strategic planning and structural evaluation process which meant that Students were at the forefront of the decisions. When the opportunity came up at the end of term for me to run for the Vice President of Business and Creative Centre, I decided to run for the position and was successful. I am a very passionate person and have a drive for success and I believe I can bring these qualities to this position to support our Students and ensure that they have a great College experience. I also now sit on the Board of Governors alongside your Student Association President to represent your needs and views.
Your Hospitality and Communities Vice President 2016-17 & 17-18
I was the Vice President for Hospitality and Communities in 2016-17. I was also studying NC level 6 Professional Cookery. and the year prior completed my City&Guilds Level 1 introduction to professional cookery. I really enjoyed this course. I an originally from Poland and have been living in Scotland from over 11 years, speaking fluent English. But when I applied for college, I had my doubts about how I was going to manage everything. Also as a mature student (over 30!) I wasn’t sure if college is the right place for me. Now I know it had been one of the best decisions ever.
During one of the semesters we had the opportunity to apply for Erasmus which is a student exchange programme. I applied and became one of the 8th lucky students. The exchange was to a Spanish college in which we spent 2 weeks. I had fantastic culinary and cultural experience during these two weeks. I would definitely recommend this to everybody, because we had a great time. Moreover at the end of my course I got awarded to be student of the year! That was something for me and I really worked hard for it. By the end of last academic year I became a much more confident person and well known by other students not only in my class, and felt confident enough to apply to be a Vice President Election with the Student Association. I had my own campaign, to let students know what the role is, what I want to do for the students and what does student association does for them. I got lucky again and got elected as Vice President for hospitality and communities centre! So now I work for student association 5 hours a week and enjoy it very much so far.
The Student Association has been a great opportunity for me to gain confidence, learn new skills and help other students. I would strongly recommend this, even becoming a volunteer is a great experience and will look good on your CV.
Childhood Practice Sport and Fitness Vice President 2016-17
I was the vice president for Sport and Fitness and Childcare. I was a Student at West Lothian College from 2013 and have enjoyed my experience here. I was studying level 6 sports and fitness course, and really enjoyed the activities and learning arrangements involved in the course. The reason I wanted to be Vice president was due to the need for extra help I wanted to help others who struggle on the course. I saw my chance on helping others and want to help others gather the confidence and knowledge onto helping them help others like I have.