Election Advice from a former LTSU Vice President

Thursday 03-01-2019 - 15:52
Georgia miki elections night march 2018

Georgia Wood was the Vice President at Leeds Trinity Students' Union from 2017 - 2018. She is pictured here (on the right) with former LTSU President 2013-2015 Miki Vyse at the Election Results night in March 2017. 

I can’t believe that this time two years ago, I was contemplating running to be Vice President and almost a year ago, hosting the 2018 Election Results!

When the election process began, I remember feeling like the odds were stacked against me. However, that was not going to stop me stepping up to the challenge and embracing such an amazing opportunity. Much to my surprise, I won the election and it turned out to be an incredible year! A year of change, excitement and as expected, a little bit of stress.

One of the most memorable moments of this experience was Hustings. An event which casted the student body’s eyes upon you. The perfect opportunity to capture their attention and to effectively convey why YOU should be their next representative. A lot of people decide who they are voting for during Hustings, a daunting thought! So, be sure to make the most of the experience, because every vote counts! As your ideas will be scrutinised by your fellow peers, it is essential you have a realistic manifesto. As we all know (and get fed up with) in politics, making promises you can’t keep is only setting yourself up to fail before the fun has really started. I can’t stress enough the importance of respect, not only a virtue to hold true for yourself, but also for your fellow candidates. It makes the process a lot more enjoyable trust me!

When establishing your manifesto strategy, be sure to listen to what the students want, the more opinions you gather the better! Talk to as many students as you can, especially within different circles, clubs, societies and courses. This is a massive part of what the job actually entails, so it is great practice! Additionally, it is also important to listen to your gut instinct and to mindfully reflect on your own student experiences to help set the foundations of what you will stand for. It isn’t easy; balancing work and assignments with running in the election; but if you are organised, passionate and active - it really is worth it!

A heavy involvement in University-based activities is a slight advantage when running in the election BUT it isn’t everything. So, if you are serious about running for a position, start planning now and get your face known amongst your fellow students. Good luck to everyone involved and I look forward to seeing you all on the 8th of March for the results :) 

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