Name: Imogen Ormston
Course: Psychology
Interests: Dodgeball, yoga, cooking
Role: Lead Rep (City) 2015-16, Hall Rep Mentor (Quads 1 & 2) 2016-17

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

I wanted to become more involved in my first year experience, and being a Hall Rep gave me the opportunity to speak to more new people and plan and organise events that we could all be involved in.

What did your role involve?

As Lead Rep I organised meetings for the rest of the City Hall Reps where we decided what events to run and who would be in charge of what. I also attended the hall forums to give feedback to Accommodation staff.

What did you enjoy about being a Hall Rep?

I enjoyed getting to know other people in my accommodation as well as meeting the other Hall Reps from different accommodation groups.

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

Hall Reps is a great opportunity to meet new people as well as build on a lot of skills. The key thing to remember is that events are very easy to plan as long as you work as a team and split the work.

Name: Ansel Vaz
Course: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: Football, Formula 1, Badminton, Watching Sports
Role: Events Hall Rep (City) 2015-16, Hall Rep Mentor (City & Westwood A) 2016-17

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

I wanted to be involved in something at University other than academia and sports. It looks great on your CV and it is something that differentiates you from everyone else on your course when it comes to placement and job applications.

What did you enjoy about being a Hall Rep?

I enjoyed participating in all the various events and meeting new people. Receiving positive feedback for the events was also very satisfying.

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

Being a Hall Rep is a great opportunity to augment your skills and the more events you organise and the more you get involved, the more you'll get out of the role.

Name: Mirna Sumatic
Course: Psychology
Role: Open Hall Rep (City) 2015-16, Hall Rep Mentor (Quads 3 & 4) 2016-17

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

The role sounded like a lot of fun and a new challenge, and since I was looking for a way to get involved being a Hall Rep seemed like the perfect opportunity!

What did your role involve?

Being an Open Hall Rep involved doing a bit of everything, from filling out event proposal forms to advertising events and speaking to other students, and of course working as part of a team with the other Hall Reps.

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep Mentor?

I really enjoyed my role and learned a lot, and I really wanted to pass on some of that knowledge to the new Hall Reps, to help them organise even better events and establish an even stronger community of students within accommodation.

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

Make the most of it! Your first year goes by so fast, so be organised and enthusiastic about your Hall Rep role and you’ll have the best time!

Name: Kam Khalil
Course: Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Interests: Rugby, anything computers and catching them all
Role: Lead Hall Rep (Norwood) 2015-16, Hall Rep Mentor (Norwood & Woodland) 2016-17

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

It looked like fun and a good way to get the most out of living in halls.

What did you enjoy about being a Hall Rep?

I made a real difference to the quality of our halls by raising accommodation issues and met so many people. When an event we organised together came off without a hitch it was definitely a highlight, especially Bath takes Bristol!

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

Get involved, it's a lot of fun, helps you meet people and teaches you skills you wouldn't otherwise learn that look great on a CV!

Name: Ed Dunkley
Course: French and Spanish with European Studies
Year: 14/15
Hall: Westwood B
Interests: Sport (Athletics, Swimming, Water Polo, Football), Music
Role: Sports Rep

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

I love inter-hall sporting events which aren’t dominated by BUCS-level competitors and being a Sports Hall Rep was a good opportunity to organise such events for like-minded people (and participate in them myself!).

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

To anyone considering applying to be a Hall Rep – in any role – I would say even if you’re only just toying around with the idea, go for it and nominate yourself. The Hall Rep role is really what you make it and what you want to put into it. I found I had plenty of spare time in my first year, even with my course, sports training and Hall Rep events. Throw yourself into everything the Hall Reps as a group do (including the socials!) and don’t be afraid to put your own event ideas forward - if you have an idea, go for it!

Any final thoughts?

Nominating myself to be a Hall Rep was probably the best decision I made in my first year. You get tremendous satisfaction of making a real positive impact on so many peoples’ time in halls, learn some great skills for future life and careers as well as meeting some fantastic, like-minded people who you’ll very quickly become great friends with. If you’re someone who wants to get the most out of their first year as well as helping everyone else do the same then what are you waiting for?! Apply to be a Hall Rep, I promise you won’t regret it!

Name: Zeid Truscott
Course: Architecture
Year: 14/15
Hall: Solsbury Court
Interests: LGBT+, Gender Equality, Art
Role: Treasurer

What made you decide you wanted to be a Hall Rep?

I wanted to take all the opportunities that came my way and since you can only be a Hall Rep in first year I thought why not go for it.

What do you enjoy about being a Hall Rep?

You get to meet a lot of people in your halls and other halls that you wouldn’t normally meet and you really are aiding the creation of the community. You have fun and get a great sense of pride over the activities you help organise. I helped out with ‘Bath Takes Bristol’ and the ‘Winter Weekend’ events as well as being an organiser for the second ‘Bath Takes Bristol’, ‘The Great Bath Bake Off’ and the ‘Spring Fete’.

What would you say to future Hall Reps?

If you commit to being the best Hall Rep you can it will be very rewarding and will set you up to go further in the Students’ Union, and you will have a lot of fun on the way. It’s a fab way to get involved and you won’t regret it.