I’m Rutvi Timbadia, currently an OCM at ISD and running with GLOBAL to become your ISD President in 2023. My foremost desire is to honour our diverse cultures by building an inclusive tight-knit fraternity of international students and assisting you to navigate through the multiple opportunities available to them in the university. A former offshore student myself, I value the importance of having a welcoming community that nurtures a constant sense of support and camaraderie. I have a plethora of leadership experience and believe that a good leader is a great listener first. I want to advocate for the international students and be the bridge between them and the University through the Guild, ensuring that our voices are being heard. As your ISD President, I will create a caring and empowering family away from home and work with you, to make our student experience as fulfilling as it can be.

Hello! My name is Drishti! I am running to be an Ordinary Guild Councillor with Global!

I’m an International Student from Hong Kong majoring in Psychology. Being a melting pot of Cultures, Hong Kong, has exposed me to how different cultures adapt and deal with trials and tribulations. UWA is an international hub consisting of diverse individuals who all deserve to be welcomed into an environment that is consistently encouraging and inspiring. My vision for the campus is an environment that is respectful, inclusive and accepting.

Even though there have been past efforts in terms of bridging the gap between domestic and international students, students still exclude themselves because of intimidation. As an International Student, I myself was hesitant to get involved in clubs and societies which is why I believe creating a safe space where individuals aren’t afraid of exploring their visions is of utmost importance.

I am Yingxi and I am a second year Psychology student. Coming from a largely conservative Asian society, mental health is not a topic that I can talk about freely in society. I advocate the importance of mental health, especially to international students who feel apprehensive talking about it. When I first came to Perth in March 2022, I was overwhelmed with the stress of shifting in, getting used to school life and being alone with no friends in this new environment. Knowing all too well how it feels, I want to ease the process for future international students, so they do not feel so overwhelmed by providing support services to them. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international students have been away from campus for too long. As such, I advocate in re-integrating them, creating a melting pot of diverse cultures between domestic and international students alike with GLOBAL.

As an international student who was affected by the border closures, I am extremely appreciative for Global’s representation of international students and the extensive and honest work they put into providing support for international students. I too want to do the same for other international students and pay it forward.

Outgoing and extroverted, I am passionate about university life and believe in making the most out of it. Hence I look forward to creating opportunities for both international and domestic students to interact with one another to network, connect and foster friendships.

Being an events director of a cultural club, I would like to ultilise my experience in organising events and promoting social engagement to plan large scale events to cater to all students and hope that everyone will too be able to make the best out of the university lives.

My name is Anuradha Mukherjee and I intend to be a voice for the students of UWA. I am an international student, pursuing Master of Biomedical Science, Neuroscience.

UWA has been wonderful since I’ve arrived here, but there is always scope for improvement that one should always strive for. Student community is strong here and banners of inclusivity is all around, but I have felt a lack of career-oriented motivation, insufficiency of information circulation, it is there but doesn’t reach the students. There is anxiety that has risen from not knowing if the university has your back once you graduate and how the education we receive, prepare us to take on our future roles. I want to ask the university to recognise it, and provide assurance, tailored guidance to make sure each and everyone of us find our place in the world, and that is why I’m choosing my run…

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Hello! I’m Stanley Natalius, a second-year Computer Science student from Indonesia. I came mid-semester earlier this year and transitioning during that time was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Many students commencing their studies for the first time may feel the same way. Especially if you began your studies offshore and missed out on campus life.

While facing hardships like these is pretty much par for the course in life, that doesn’t mean you’re unable to seek help. These days, oftentimes the help IS there but you just don’t know about it. If elected as an OGC from GLOBAL, I strive to communicate better. I want you to know that there is help, whatever the issue. I want you to know that there are clubs and events that you could participate in. I want you to know that you will be supported no matter what.

Hello, I’m Rishav Neog. I’ve been in Perth for 6 months and studied offshore for a year prior. Coming to Perth alone was extremely tough and involving myself into extra curricular’s was difficult. I have noticed that there is a lack of engagement for international student in sports. I would like to be part of a Guild that places a special emphasis on creating an informative and inclusive UWA that empowers students from all demographics. I have been actively participating in various extra-curricular activities in order to widen my perspective and to create an enjoyable atmosphere for myself and the students around me, the Upcoming Unisport Nationals for 2022 being one of them. I value having a diverse group of people in way of a world purview. I assure you I’ll work hard to make UWA a more enriching experience for everyone along with the Global Team.

Hello! I am an international student from Mauritius and is currently throughout my second year studying environmental science and management.

I am a very social person and believe that bringing people together is the best way to create a strong community, especially the inclusion of incoming and existing international students with local students to allow them to experience the full basket of opportunities that UWA and the guild provides.

My vision is for many different aspects of a student’s career in UWA to be improved through already established services as well as the implementation of new and unique initiatives. I hope to achieve this through my contribution as an Ordinary Guild Councillor with Global.

I am Gwendolyn, a Communication & Media Studies and Political Science & International Relations major. With my background in marketing and public relations, I joined the committee of the Singapore Students' Society, and have been leading a team as Marketing Director since the second semester. I enjoy working closely with others, and am a conscientious and driven individual who is constantly seeking new avenues for learning and growth.

As an international student who arrived mid-semester earlier this year due to COVID restrictions and studied online while I was offshore, I hope to direct my efforts towards creating more platforms and opportunities for the offshore students to engage in and support each other, so they have a richer and more inclusive experience studying at UWA.

If elected as an Ordinary Guild Councillor with GLOBAL, I would like to do more to advocate on campus and increase engagement within the student body.

I’m Danish Salleh, a second-year undergraduate student. A greener, healthier, and more inclusive campus is the vision. It’s the big dream – a student community where students from around the world get an active role to play in UWA. By celebrating diversity in individuality, I hope to create a cross-cultural, cross-nationality, cross-every-unique-person family on campus where students can (re)-ignite their passions, no matter where they come from or whoever they are. When students and the planet is healthy, the ecosystem thrives. As part of GLOBAL, international students must be heard and seen. Hailing from Singapore, I know the uncertainties of moving to a new country. I hope to be elected because I have my passion ignited. I am ready to introspect in the shoes of a student, and then as an OGC – I will listen, reflect and create a more exciting tomorrow for the student community.

Hi! I’m Angelique Sutanto, a second-year biomed student from Indonesia. As someone who grew up alongside people of different nationalities since kindergarten, I was exposed to a multitude of diverse cultural practices and values that shape who I am today. Coming from Indonesia whose main population is not as diverse, I often feel out of place and that I am not able to resonate as well in terms of how I perceive and express my thoughts and actions compared to those around me. Hence, my passion for establishing an environment at UWA where those who identify as multicultural can fully immerse themselves and contribute to the student experience in a safe and empowering way. As an OGC from GLOBAL, I will ensure that UWA continues to shine a brighter light on its culturally diverse community and that regardless of what one culturally identifies as, their voices will be heard.

Hi! I am Zijie Zhang, a third year student in Mining Engineering and am part of GLOBAL!

I have been part of UWACSSA as a minister of marketing and director for three years. During this time, I met hundreds of Asian students and other international students. As one of them, I want to try my best to contribute to the community, protect your rights and improve your study and life. In my experience, many new Chinese students in university have similar problems in looking for suitable groups and community when they first shift over to Perth. The ways for them to contact others is limited. They feel lonely and scared while just coming. For most of them, it is the first time to be in a new country, new condition and they need to face new people. I want to take action to help them find friends and community here.

My name is Anuradha Mukherjee and I intend to represent the students of Australia. I am an international student, pursuing Master of Biomedical Science, Neuroscience at UWA.

Australian education sector is strong, major reason why I decided to pursue my higher education here, but there is always scope for improvement that one should always strive for. Student community is well supported, but I have felt a lack of equal job opportunities across the various sectors. There is anxiety that has risen from not knowing if our university will prepare us towards reality of work force and how the education we receive, prepare us to take on our future roles in respective industries. I want to bring to recognition to it, and request assurance, field-tailored guidance to make sure each and everyone of us find our place in the world, and that is why I am standing as a candidate for...

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I am Gwendolyn, a Communication & Media Studies and Political Science & International Relations major. With my background in marketing and public relations, I joined the committee of the Singapore Students' Society, and have been leading a team as Marketing Director since the second semester. I enjoy working closely with others, and am a conscientious and driven individual who is constantly seeking new avenues for learning and growth.

As an international student who arrived mid-semester earlier this year due to COVID restrictions, I struggled to settle down and adapt, and found myself without a support system. I hope to create an avenue where international students are guided as they navigate a new environment — in the form of a mentoring programme.

If elected as a NUS Representative with GLOBAL, I would like to be a voice for students at UWA, and bring forth my advocacy efforts on a national level.