Hello Future Engineers, and attention all first year students!
The First Year Representative election is up and running and we have three likely candidates. This election and position are first year exclusive; only first year students can and should vote. The campaign period runs from now until midnight on Tuesday, and voting will open Sunday at midnight and run until Tuesday at midnight. The elected representative will be announced on Wednesday at noon.
Link to vote: webvote.engr.uvic.ca/ (Open to first years only)
UVic Engineering Students’ Society
First Year Representative Candidates – Fall 2019
*Candidates listed in order of applications received
I feel as if I am qualified to be the First Year Representative due to my past experiences being a leader in high school. From being the Mechanical Lead for my high school robotics team I have learned how to communicate well with a diverse group of people learning public speaking skills in the process. Other attributes I have acquired by being a leader are my patience, aptitude, and energy. These I feel would benefit the ESS because it allows me to adapt to a variety of situations to help the ESS run smoothly.
If elected as the First-Year Representative I would pursue a more engaged and active community. I feel as if university shouldn’t just be about endlessly studying for exams. Students need a balance in their life, a strong contrast to a rough course load. Clubs and extracurriculars organized by the ESS are a great option. As the First-Year representative I want to make sure that First Years are aware of these options given to them. Given my background in a robotics club, where I found a passion for engineering, I feel as if clubs and activities are a necessity as they allow students to discover more about themselves and their field.
Hi everyone! This year, I graduated high school (in French immersion!) in North Vancouver and made the exciting decision to come to UVic. The past 11 years, I’ve trained professionally in ballet, however I chose to take the dedication I learned in dance, and pursue engineering. I enjoy all kinds of art, from painting to piano, and in high school I learned design skills through completing my AP 2D Art Portfolio. This summer, I spent time working for a large architecture firm, Perkins and Will. Also, I love trying new sports; I signed up for volleyball intramurals, having never played before! To all the first-year engineers, we can do this!
For those of you who have had Dr. Bill Bird, you may have heard him mention that, students who are engineering, are not in it by accident. The nature of Engineering makes it so that it is not a “Plan B” program; we all chose engineering first for some reason. I chose engineering because it corresponded with the classes I enjoyed, but primarily because I want to do something that can make a difference in the world. In the future, I want my work to be recognized by the fact that it helped rebuild the environment or that it helped in bringing renewable resources and global education to those in need. As the first-year representative for the ESS, I wish to represent my peers accurately, including us women in engineering, by speaking up to make sure we receive the education we need in order to change the world for the better. I wish to maintain and improve the support first year students receive in our transition into university and through the difficulty of engineering. I hope to help bridge the gap between first year and upper year engineers, through programs such as the peer mentorship program and the ESS. Overall, I want to ensure that my and my peers’ shared passion for change is valued, so that every one of us can succeed in making a difference.
Rudra Aryan Potluri
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a passionate technocrat whose formative years have always been driven by an unwavering commitment to realizing my twin goal – discover my passion for technology and dedicate my knowledge and skills to the betterment of my community. Always fired up by challenges, technology never ceased to hold my faculties of imagination and rational thinking in thrall. My passion with this pursuit led me to co-founding tech startups, captaining my high school robotics team and several similar feats that display my zeal for engineering, leadership and commitment towards my community.
If I were to be elected as the first-year representative, my main goals would be to promote the inclusivity of first years in the various programs conducted by ESS and encourage ESS to create more programs focused at first years. Presently, even though the ESS does not restrict first years from attending events, many students feel excluded due to the nature of the events which feel like they are aimed at upper-year students. Therefore, I intend to work with ESS to have events which are focused towards first year and provide students with an opportunity to explore and interact with the engineering community outside the academic atmosphere.