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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.

Cheyenne Conway will be the Indigenous Officer for 2020, her pronouns are She/Her and she is a proud Balladong Banjima woman from Perth. Cheyenne is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology and loves playing sports, going to the beach and spending time outdoors.

This year, Cheyenne hopes to continue to grow awareness for Indigenous students’ individual rights and wellbeing. While she had the opportunity to be the Indigenous Officer in 2019, Cheyenne wants to continue growing her capacity to advocate for disadvantaged student, as well as develop her skills as a young leader.

What is your favourite campus food?

Definitely the donuts.

What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?

Finding a parking spot… yuck.

What would you like to do after you graduate university?

I want to travel to rural communities in the hopes of raising awareness for mental health and educate the importance of having the correct knowledge when treating those with mental health conditions.

How can the Guild help make university life better?

The Guild provides students [with] the opportunities to voice their ideas, concerns and common interests to help make the university a more accessible, safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

How and why did you get involved in the Guild?

I heard about the position through a friend of mine, I saw it as a great way of helping others and being more involved with Curtin and the students.

How do you think you can make a difference this year, and what are you hoping to achieve?

I hope to make the department more utilised by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as other students who wish to expand their knowledge of the First Nations people of the land on which we live and study on.

What is your advice for making the most out of the uni experience—especially for first years?

Take advantage of all the amazing and free activities, clubs and resources that Curtin has to offer, the campus is a really good place to organise yourself, meet other students and have fun while doing so!

This article is part of a Curtin Student Guild interview series conducted by Grok Magazine.

Email Cheyenne on indigenous@guild.curtin.edu.au