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By Amber Weir, Grok Magazine.

Jeru Sundar will be the Health Science Faculty Rep for 2020, her pronouns are She/Her and she is currently studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy. Jeru loves to hang out with her friends, and is always down for an adventure. She’s describes herself as an avid documentary watcher, Netflix binger, master baker and professional online shopper.

Jeru has been involved with several clubs on campus, including Desi, SLAYA, and WAPSA in pharmacy. She also loves to attend Tav parties, Grasslands and the Holi celebration with her friends.

What is your favourite campus food?

Those butter chicken toppers from Bookmark are so delicious and surprisingly filling too. Angazi fries are also a staple.

What is your biggest whine/peeve about campus?

Finding parking and a good spot to sit in the library have to be some of the biggest day-to-day struggles as a student on campus.

What would you like to do after you graduate university?

I hope to become a Hospital Pharmacist after I graduate and do my best to help as many people as I can through pharmacy and other means. I would also love to take some time off and travel the world.

How can the Guild help make university life better?

I believe all the students at Curtin form a diverse and beautiful community. Having more exciting and unique events will help bring this community together to connect students. The numerous clubs at Curtin do an amazing job, but having the Guild create multi-club events would be quite remarkable.

Curtin and the Guild provide so many useful and amazing services to help students, but many [students] aren’t aware of them and don’t reach out when faced with difficult or confusing circumstances. Increasing student awareness around services like access to counsellors and advisors, as well as getting involved in training, volunteering and so much more.

I wasn’t aware of all the benefits the Guild offers student until I was directly involved myself, and I believe that actively participating in the Guild, attending events, getting to know new people and learning things outside your course, will have an immensely positive impact on a student’s experience.

How and why did you get involved in the Guild?

In my first year of Pharmacy I was voted in as one of the First-Year representatives for Western Australia Pharmacy Students Association (WAPSA). I had an amazing experience and made so many friends through my position. The year after I became the Second-Year rep as well.

During my time there, I believe I had a positive impact on my course and helped so many students too. I love being involved and doing my best to make positive changes to help my friends and everyone around me. Sometime last year I received an email about Guild student representative positions. I was interested and thought it would be a great way to branch out from Pharmacy and help more students, but I was unsure [so I] didn’t apply. Two weeks later, my friend Georgia McGrath, the previous Health Science Representative for Guild, mentioned her Guild position and she encouraged me to join the Guild and run for [the same position]. Without her encouragement and belief in me I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today. Thank you, Georgia!

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

As the Health Science Representative for 2020, I hope to increase the health literacy of all the students at Curtin. Health is important to every single person but knowing when to seek medical attention or just ignore an issue can be confusing for some. Healthy students are happy students.

I also wish to start a multidisciplinary case scenario workshop where students from multiple different health sciences all work together to solve a patient issue. In the workforce, all the health sciences are expected to work together and provide the highest grade of care. I believe these workshops will help students gain a holistic view of the health industry and spark a passion for health science.

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

The best advice I can provide is to just get out there and get involved! Curtin is full of amazing, interesting and friendly students. Joining clubs, getting involved in sports, attending events and other functions are a great way to make new friends and gain new experiences. You’ll never know unless you try.

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

Email Jeru on health@guild.curtin.edu.au