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It’s that time of the year again, the Leadership Race is coming up. Not only is this the time where you can vote on who will lead the Students’ Union, but you can put yourself forward to be one of the people that students can vote for.

Sabbatical officers are more important than ever, amplifying the voice of students and being involved in the huge decisions UCL makes, these roles really shape your experience as a student here.

2 years ago, I had a bad case of imposter syndrome; I didn’t think I would fit in, make the change I wanted to happen or even be a successful Sabb here at UCL. I knew what I wanted to change (I was very frustrated at the lack of microwaves around campus amongst other things) but I didn’t know how I was going to improve that or even how to run an election campaign. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that it didn’t matter that I hadn’t been involved in previous elections, or that I wasn’t a member of a big society. I knew that I was passionate about changing things for the better and I could find confidence in that.

The only experience you need to run as a sabbatical officer position is simply being a UCL student. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been involved in the Students’ Union before now, anyone who wants to change something at UCL should submit a nomination and run for a position.

In the run-up to the election the Students’ Union run training sessions for candidates so you will be supported throughout the election and learn different ways of getting yourself ‘out there’ and explaining what you want to change.

The last year and a half have truly been the most rewarding for me, I’ve learnt so much about myself and gained so many new skills. I definitely was not the same person 2 years ago, but I don’t think anyone is. I still have anxiety every time I’m tagged on a UCLove post and I often struggle to find the words to get my point across in meetings - but that doesn’t matter, what’s really helped me is my belief that I can change things for the better here at UCL and that there are always people who can support me, whether that be my fellow sabbs or members of staff at the Students’ Union.

So, if you want to change something at UCL, simply submit a nomination and run for a position, there are so many to chose from and I guarantee it will be a rewarding experience!