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2016 Senior Student Alexander Jackman

October 28, 2015

How does it feel to be the newly announced Senior Student?

I’m obviously honoured to have been elected by the student body and hopeful that I can repay their faith in my service next year. There is certainly an element of intrigue as I’m not entirely sure as to exactly what I’ve signed myself up to, but I’m very much looking forward to working closely with Gemma Larkin (2015 Senior Student) over the next few weeks to make the most of her experience and wisdom!

What do you hope to achieve as Senior Student in 2016?

I see the role primarily as being able to communicate the feelings and concerns of the Students’ Club to Admin and the Council, and so naturally my main ambition is to get those perceptions across and ensure that change within the College is in line with the general consensus of the student body. This will often require me to put my own personal convictions to the side in representing the greater College’s thoughts, and this will of course be a significant challenge but also a necessary component of staying true to the job. Providing enhanced transparency about House Committee communications to the wider student’s club is also something I hope to achieve, facing the accountability of the role head-on and being available to invite criticism or concern.

What do you perceive as being some of the challenges you may face?

There is no question that sometimes decisions concerning the College are ‘top-down’, whereby Admin or the Council decide on a matter and impose it on the student body. I envisage, therefore, that I will often be required to communicate such decisions to the Students’ Club. If it is something that I personally disagree with, it will certainly be challenging for me to communicate it impartially, yet I will be required to justify its implementation and show respect to the thought processes of those behind the change. Trying to reconcile this potential clash of opinions will be difficult, but extremely rewarding if achieved.

What are you most looking forward to as Senior Student?

I’m really looking forward to working with the House Committee and taking on a new involvement within the College. I’m in a strong position to really throw myself into the life of the College next year and look forward to the friendships I will be making and consolidating. I also look forward to playing a leading role in the College’s strong defence of this year’s intercollegiate success!

Xander Jackman


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