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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.
Bry Jagoe will be the Guild’s Queer Officer for 2020, their pronouns are They/Them. Going into their third year of a Bachelor of Social Work, they’re a self-described geek, currently into science fiction, fantasy and video games. At the moment, Bry is playing Magic: The Gathering and Keyforge, as well as other tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons. Although they haven’t been very engaged with clubs on campus, Bry describes the Queer Department as their home on campus.
What is your favourite campus food?
Oooh, that’s a difficult question… I’m a vegetarian, so I’m going to say it’s tied between Angazi chips, Wicked Chilli, or the spinach & ricotta rolls from Concept Café—depending on what I’m craving that particular day.
What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?
I honestly love the Curtin campus, but it would be really good to have more all-gender bathrooms across campus, and I know many members of the Queer Department feel the same. Also, as much as love the plants and flowering trees everywhere, I have major hay fever so sometimes I get pretty sniffly.
What would you like to do after you graduate university?
I’m hoping to get into LGBTQIA+ advocacy and support, especially community engagement and development. I’m also quite interested in becoming a counsellor, especially for high schoolers. I ended up dropping out of high school without graduating due to queerphobic bullying and subsequent poor mental health, and my school didn’t have a counsellor—only a very religious, very homophobic chaplain. It would’ve made an absolute world of difference if I’d had somebody that I could talk to about my problems [and] who understood me. If I can be that person for somebody else, I’d be extremely happy.
How can the Guild help make university life better?
The Guild can help students with basically every aspect of university life—from providing support and advice and teaching good life skills, to providing wonderful activities and events, shops on campus that make every day interesting and fun, and protecting and advocating for our marginalised students on campus. I highly recommend talking to the Guild and finding out just what we can do for you.
How and why did you get involved in the Guild?
I got involved with the Guild this year after having been a part of the Queer Department since 2016. I had been using the Guild’s services for that entire time, and I just figured it was my time to step up to the plate and help out! The process of getting involved was easy—I just spoke to then-Queer Officer, Bridge, and he helped me get involved. Meeting everybody who works at the Guild has been amazing—everybody is so kind and friendly, and everybody wants to help. It’s an amazing environment to be working in, and I can’t wait to work together with them.
How do you think you can make a difference this year, and what are you hoping to achieve?
I’m hoping to make a difference for our LGBTQIA+ students by providing ways for them to socialise and make friends with each other, and to help build the QD community into an amazing social support for those struggling with being queer on campus. In addition, I’ll continue the amazing work of my predecessors by providing advice and advocacy for any queer-related issues on campus - especially all-gender bathrooms, preferred names on rollcalls, and providing a voice for all queer students at Curtin. I’m hoping that I can continue to put on wonderful events for LGBTQIA+ students and invite everyone to come and say hi throughout the year.
What is your advice for making the most out of the uni experience—especially for first years?
Get involved in campus culture! You have no idea how cool some of the clubs and activities we run are.
Talk to the Guild! We run Student Assist, providing all sorts of advice and support, from helping with fees, enrolment, and general study problems, all the way through to assistance with housing, food, and budgeting. They’re genuinely geniuses and have helped me on many occasions.
Get some rest! Seriously, get some rest. Enjoy your holiday periods and take advantage of every second of sleep available to you—you’ll need it!
This article is part of a Curtin Student Guild interview series conducted by Grok Magazine.
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