I can’t believe it is my last week in office and am sat writing this goodbye post. Becoming your Wellbeing Officer was very unexpected, but I feel like it was definitely meant to be. I have had the best year and feel blessed to have been able to spend another year in wonderful Aberystwyth. This definitely isn’t the end that any of us expected and I am very sad to have missed out on Varsity and Aber 7s – but I guess I’ll just have to come back next year!
I’ve outdone my own expectations of myself this year and I’m very happy with the things I’ve achieved. I am most proud of the divestment protest that I organised, consisting of students, XR Aberystwyth and the Aberystwyth Red Rebel Brigade. The protest was a success and ended with the VC sending an email out to all staff and students, confirming that the university would commit to divesting from fossil fuels. And we also made it into the Cambrian News!
Some other things that I have worked on this year include delivering No Excuses training for clubs & societies' committees and improving sustainability; I’ve run a body positivity campaign, I’ve helped the uni with their new HEFCW Wellbeing strategy, I’ve represented Aber SU at this year’s NUS Wales conference, and lots more.
What I have loved most about this year is all the amazing people I have met and relationships that I have made, especially with my fellow officer team. I probably shouldn’t choose this as my highlight, but my highlight of the year as an officer team has to be our night out during our weekend away at NUS Lead and Change. We had such fun dancing in a cringy club together and it was just a really good bonding experience. I’m definitely going to miss Wojciech, Tomos, Chloe and Dhan a lot.
I have learnt a lot this year, about myself, about life, about SU’s, about really random things and really important things. But I think the most important thing I have learnt is that teamwork makes dream work. You can’t do everything on your own, and normally people were very keen to help. I wouldn’t have done as half a good a job this past year if it wasn’t for the great staff at Aber SU – especially Martin; he is so amazing at his job and really goes out of his way to support staff and students.
So, this is my goodbye! I’m very sad to leave Aberystwyth and all the people in it, but I will be back! I would like to say a massive sorry to all the students this year, whether you are in your first year or final year, this Corona stuff has had a massive effect on everyone. But it’s no one’s fault, and I know that the SU and university are going to do all that they can to make up for what you have missed out on over the past few months. Thank you to everyone that voted for me last year, and I hope you are glad that you did! Also, thanks to everyone who voted for Connor this year, I know that he is going to be a really humble and thoughtful Wellbeing Officer.
I’m sending lots of love to you all; good luck with the future and I hope to see some of you again one day!
Lydia Chilvers - Wellbeing Officer, 2019-20.