What role did you run for and why did you run for LeadLUU?
I ran for Welfare Officer in the 2018 LeadLUU election, with my Big Hair 4 Welfare campaign. I was really interested in mental health support in charities and education, and after hearing about LeadLUU through friends of mine at The Gryphon, I decided to give it a go.
What skills did you gain from the experience of running in LeadLUU?
Loads! I learnt how important it is to push yourself out of your comfort zone now and again. I did some public speaking which I had never really done before, created social media content, and painted a lot of banners. I also learnt about how integral early intervention is in the mental health field, and how LUU could further this. I definitely wasn’t a natural born public speaker, but welfare was something I was passionate about so I thought why not give it a shot!
How has running in LeadLUU impacted your personal life and career?
Taking part in LeadLUU definitely gave me something to talk about in job interviews. After I graduated, I spoke about my campaign and dedication to helping generate change at universities, which helped me to land a starter role in marketing. I’m now working for a mental health charity, and the confidence I built during LeadLUU definitely helped me to get there.
I also ran for LeadLUU at the same time as one of my good friends, so it was a lovely bonus to spend those crazy 2 weeks together. Luckily we were going for different positions!