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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.
Bridge Truell will be the Guild’s Vice President - Activities for 2020, their pronouns are They/Them and He/Him. Currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology, they spend their time doing karate and weapons training, watching loads of cartoons and playing guitar—albeit badly, they admit. For most of their time at Curtin, Bridge has been involved with the Queer Department and can often be found dancing their butt off at Tav parties.
What is your favourite campus food?
What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?
The lack of safe all-gender bathrooms.
What would you like to do after you graduate university?
Counselling and advocacy for the trans, intersex, and gender diverse community
How can the Guild help make university life better?
The Guild provides an invaluable student perspective that helps the university understand the issues that matter to its students and the things that help us enjoy the rollercoaster ride of uni life. Not only are we students ourselves, but we’re also elected by you every year to represent your voice on campus. Through lobbying and rallying, the Guild constantly pushes the university to provide the most fulfilling student experience possible.
How and why did you get involved in the Guild?
As I mentioned, I’ve been involved with the Queer Department since I first started studying here and was interested in taking on the role of Queer Officer, which I had the privilege of doing for 2019. Throughout the process of recruitment, campaigning, and completing my term, I found such an incredible group of friends in the Guild who made me feel so welcome and showed me how much more I could be achieving in my time at Curtin. Sending off that initial expression of interest was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it means so much to me that I’m able to represent my fellow students and use my time at university to make a difference.
How do you think you can make a difference this year, and what are you hoping to achieve?
I’m coming into the role of Vice President – Activities with a background in equity and diversity, so I really care about making our campus events and clubs as inclusive and accessible as possible for all our students. We’ve got some really exciting initiatives in the works to improve resources for our amazing clubs & student societies who represent such a vibrant and important part of our campus culture. In terms of events, I’m excited to bring Curtin its very own music festival on campus and continue delivering a wide variety of fun and affordable events and activities throughout semester.
What is your advice for making the most out of the uni experience—especially for first years?
Get involved however you can. Uni can be really overwhelming to start with and it’s really easy to get bogged down in the academic side of things, but I’d really encourage any new student to see what’s out there and go along to a campus event, join a club, volunteer, follow the campus social media accounts, and make the most of your time at university.
This article is part of a Curtin Student Guild interview series conducted by Grok Magazine.
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