It’s that time of the year again – we’re looking for our VicSRC Student Executive Advisory Committee for 2020-21! But what’s it like to actually be on the Exec team? Here’s what one of your 2019-2020 Execs had to say:

Emily Gundry

Through the course of this Exec term I have experienced so many highlights – not only this year, but in my life to date. It has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to explore my capacity as a leader and as a person.

Over the past 8 or so months I have been exposed to so many opportunities that I would have never imagined I’d be able to do, including having discussions and forums of conversation with education ministers and key people involved in shaping our education system. Being in these conversations has been one of the most rewarding things; knowing these important people are listening to me and what I have to say, being open to criticism and conversation around what we, as a wider student body, believe our education should look and feel like.

This experience has also brought many media opportunities which again have been great exposure for me, but also reinforcing the impact a student can make, allowing me to represent all of our voices, to ensure we are not being ignored.

On a personal level, my time as an Exec has honestly changed my life.

I used to be that weird loner student who would sit on her own and be scared to talk to new people (sad I know), but after I found my leadership skills that completely changed. I was able to openly talk with confidence in myself and what I had to say. Because of this I have met so many incredible and diverse people that I can call friends.

My confidence and belief in myself and my capacity to create change has skyrocketed thanks to VicSRC and the opportunities it has given me, which I will be forever grateful for.

The VicSRC Student Executive Advisory Committee (the Executive Committee) is made up of 15 students who are completing secondary education in Victoria. These Executive Committee members are elected by their peers every year, and their job is to govern the VicSRC and act on the advocacy priorities identified by Victorian students at the annual VicSRC Congress. Each year students around Victoria nominate and vote for their Executive members.