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10 Questions with your SU President Rida

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Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I can finish a whole series on Netflix in less than a week. At the moment, my favourite is F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I have finished it three times already and I’ve started watching it for the fourth time.

What do you love the most about Herts SU? Or, what do you look forward to most as an officer at Herts SU? 

What I love about Herts SU is that I can be the voice of the student body. I get to speak to students as a person who is in a position to represent their interests and solve their problems. As a student, I always loved the conversations I had with the sabbatical officers – it felt great to have people who fully understood my issues as a student. I can’t wait to be that person for our all the members of the student body.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?/ What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

If that was the case, I would definitely love to travel around globe and experience different cultures. I want to try different cuisines, wear their traditional clothing (where appropriate, of course) and just generally get a deeper understanding the varying cultures.

What are some small things that make your day better?

A group call with my nearest and dearest and a nice cup of chai (tea) with mum and dad always make my day better (even more so when the tea is made by me!).

What was the most important thing you learnt during your time at university?

Leadership skills – while at school, I used to lead small sports club in my school, but when I came to the university, I took on a whole new scale of leadership. I started Pakistan Society and ran it for two years, which really developed my ability to be an efficient leader. Being at uni, I also learned how to cook – I’m not a pro yet, but I’ll get there eventually!

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?

A weekend away with friends, travelling around in car, eating at fancy places and trying new stuff like sky and scuba diving sounds perfect!

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

I recently formed the opinion that politics is not all negative; there are good parts to it. Now that I have joined student politics, I find that I’m enjoying every second of it.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Being international – I’d present about the experiences that came with me moving to the U.K. from a county with entirely different social norms.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

I would highly recommend that everyone visits Kashmir at least once in their lives. Kashmir is a breathtakingly beautiful place in Pakistan – so beautiful that many People call it ‘Mini Switzerland’. And of course, you should all definitely try biryani – it’s amazing, trust me.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

I’m looking forward to having my research being published in Pakistan and setting up my own prosthetics company. My dad inspired me to be an entrepreneur and I look forward to positively impacting my community through my research.

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