Why you should run for Exec - from an Ex-President

I’m Gary, I’m 35 years old and I studied at the University of Glasgow a hundred and fifty-five years ago. In 2006 I left the university with a degree in Psychology and little direction in life. However, all of that changed as Queen Margaret Union had given me a whole host of other skills and connections that the degree course never could have.

In my second year of uni I was just a coffee drinker at the union. By the end of the year I was applying to be a Freshers Helper. Queen Margaret Union has a unique place in my heart. It sucks you in and before you know it, you are QMU. The staff are something special, the Student Assembly become your friendship circle and the special connections with so many societies leads you to completely changing your perspective about University Life and what you want afterwards.

I started my career on the Board of Management (Student Assembly) in 2004-2005 as a Current Student Representative and got involved in Campaigns and Charities and earlier version of qmunicate magazine. We even had a few exciting cross campus scoops in that mag! I hosted a quiz on a Friday before the Club Night and did my fair share of mad things around the place.

In 2006-2007 I was President of QM Union. This really changed everything for me. It’s a hard place to run, it’s not easy. It is however incredibly rewarding to be a part of something bigger than you. Being on the Executive meant I was dealing with everything from financial decisions to the colour we should paint the stairs.

I now run a tourism company around Scotland (The Keltic Ginger) and the path that took me to where I am was all started in the halls of QM Union. So run for a spot in the elections. If you win, awesome. If you don’t, then run again or get involved in another way. The union is in a position where it needs all the exciting and driven folk it can get. Be a part of the change that is needed. You won’t regret it.

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