Case study: Annabelle Gorham, College rep 2017

Student rep, Annabelle Gorham, talks to us about what attracted her to the role and what it involves.

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What made you go for student rep?
Mainly the fact that it was going to look good on my CV

What does the role entail?
Being the key communicator between the College of Optometrists and the student body. Also putting forward ideas on how the College of Optometrists could improve in order to provide more support to students.

How much time does it take up?
I have not spent more than a few hours on what the College have asked me to do.

What are the best things about being a rep?
It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and it looks great on your CV too.

And the worst?
I haven’t had any bad experiences whilst being a student rep.

What kind of person makes a good College rep?
Someone with good organisational skills and the confidence to give the College honest feedback on what is good and bad about their student support.

Has being a rep helped you to develop any skills?
It has boosted my communication skills – which is especially useful when dealing with potential employees (such as for our pre-registration applications).

Would you recommend becoming a student rep?
Yes, it makes you stand out from other students and doesn’t require too much time and therefore shouldn’t interfere with your studies. It will be a positive addition to your pre-registration application.