Monday 26 September 2016
Dentistry student, Sunie Kundi, has earned the fantastic achievement of ‘Course Rep of the Year’ at the QMSU Education Awards. We caught up with him to find out why he chose to take on the role of course rep and what it means to represent his fellow students.
What subject do you study at QMUL?
I am studying Dentistry. (We really aren’t that scary, honestly we don’t bite!)
When did you start your role as a course rep?
I started my role in my Fourth year of Dentistry commencing September of 2015
Why did you decide to become a course rep?
I felt the role was a great platform to help voice the opinions of our year, especially as our year was the first year on a fantastic new curriculum. I also wanted to become a course rep to help build my confidence and make key changes to benefit not only my colleagues, but future years embarking on this new curriculum. We were also very fortunate as a year group to have some fantastic year reps in the previous academic years including one of my best friends, who really inspired and motivated me to apply and step up to the challenges of the role.
Can you tell us about the most memorable time/project from your time as a course rep?
It’s really difficult to say and I don’t think I could narrow it down to a single time. For me the whole journey of being a course rep – whether that be facing the challenges, instigating change, receiving feedback from my peers, to even my own character development; have all been memorable experiences and will always stay with me.
Is it difficult managing academic university work with working as a course rep?
At certain points in the year definitely! However, from my own experience the further you get into a university course the more used you are to workload pressures; so for me it was a good learning experiencing to improve my own time management and organisation.
What motivates you to keep going even when things get tough?
Friends and family! But also knowing that the hard work you put into the role will not be in vain and knowing that people really do appreciate what you do for them.
You won the 'Course Rep of the Year' at the Education Awards – how amazing did this feel?
When I heard my name during the awards ceremony, words wouldn’t be sufficient enough to describe what I was feeling. I really wasn’t expecting it! It was a truly humbling award and I am eternally thankful for all of those who voted me as course rep of the year.
What advice would you give to first years who are thinking about becoming a course rep?
Run if you confidently feel like you have the skills and the mind set to cope with the role. It is a fantastic role and I would recommend it to anyone. Not only does it teach you to work with staff and students alike, but it also teaches you a lot about yourself, so it is definitely a role not to be taken lightly!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like going to the gym, watching TV series and reading books! I also like travelling abroad during the rare occasions my bank balance permits me to!
Do you have any special plans for the future or after graduation?
I’m a strong believer in the present so I look forward to what the future holds, so I couldn’t possibly comment until I discover these plans for myself! Although I really hope these plans will involve me seeing the world!
Thanks for chatting with us, Sunie. We’re sure you’ll continue being a great rep!