“But let’s be honest, everything starts from a single person’s own motivation. Luckily all our interests meet each other, and thus our collaboration is better as well. Like usually in teamwork, we also have our ups and downs sometimes, but we manage to solve them amongst ourselves quickly,” they find collectively.
They mainly meet each other right before the council meetings, but there are also unplanned meetings for urgent issues. The meetings are protocolled to stay on track with their activities and also to analyse, what could be done better and how.
For the future student representatives, they say that specifically, what’s important is the motivation and interest in what’s happening at the university, but also solving shortcomings.
“The skills and knowledge come with time, and you shouldn’t be scared in the beginning because of it,” they say encouragingly. “Don’t be afraid. [as Estonians say,] When you see a fault to criticise, come and help out with it instead! You’ll learn to know the university better and to stand for the rights of your fellow students. At the same time, the student representative’s work is also self-development, for example, on how to express your opinions and to take your co-students into account.”
They wish courage and moxie in solving problems for their institute’s student representative candidates.
“The student representatives have, in particular, the opportunity to find larger visibility for the institute’s problems and the solutions. Sadly, our institute’s students’ activity is fairly low, but things will only change if we work for it,” they urge their students.