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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.

Dylan Botica will be the Guild’s Accessibility Officer for 2020, his pronouns are He/Him and he is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology & Commerce (Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations). Dylan loves true crime, understanding societal issues and how they can be prevented, and is interested in healthcare policy, preventative care and public transport infrastructure. He also loves to cook when he gets the time.

Dylan is passionate about improving the student experience, and has been involved with a number of club committees during his time on campus—including as President of the Psychology Student Association.

What is your favourite campus food?

It’s cliché, but Angazi fries are iconic and an absolute favourite. I also can’t go past SushiMe.

What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?

Parking is a legitimate problem that needs to be addressed, but I guess I really just hate how hard it is to get good public transport in Perth.

What would you like to do after you graduate university?

That’s assuming I’m going to actually finish University! If I do, hopefully try to get into postgrad with a view towards either working in a union or in organisational psychology. Right now, I work as a Nurse, and I’m pretty content with that so I’m not going to rush it.

How can the Guild help make university life better?

The Guild is the best way to improve your experience at University. It’s important to invest time into getting involved in clubs—which the Guild provides the resources to function. If you need help and don’t know where to find it—Student Assist is here! The Guild also runs events that we try and make accessible and fun.

How and why did you get involved in the Guild?

I ran for Guild Council in 2018 for Feudalist Alternative, a group I thought was a fun way to engage with people about the issues that matter on campus. We offered cabbage and beans for all and protection from UWA students. I then saw the opportunity to nominate for Accessibility Officer last year and was lucky enough to be elected.

I have no idea why I got involved with the Guild in the way I did—I’d always been passionate about clubs and saw the Guild as one of the key reasons they are able to exist and thrive.

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

I want to advocate for greater services for students on campus, putting a focus on mental health, and ensuring all new students are aware of their rights to reasonable adjustments towards addressing the inequality of having a disability or mental illness. I want to be receptive to students and advocate for others. I want people to know that the department exists and is here to fight for better outcomes.

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

Do what you enjoy – don’t be afraid to change what you’re studying. Join some clubs and get involved with them. Get your Guild sticker and enjoy the discounts while you’re here. Take time to do look after yourself and your mental health.

If you have a disability, mental illness or experience neurodiversity – do not let yourself start without chatting to AccessAbility services on campus and/or getting a Curtin Access Plan.

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

Email Dylan on accessibility@guild.curtin.edu.au