P-SU Blog | A little more about me…

So... Who are you?

Hi, my name’s George Coombs & I’m President of the Student’s Union!

If you could pick one movie character who represents you, who would it be and why?

I get told frequently that I’m very similar to King Julian from Madagascar. He’s pretty loud, runs around far too much, and is pretty sassy when he needs to be. Also he’s hilarious, and has a crown. What more do you want.

Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?

I’d love to have my Mother with me; she could destroy any wild animal that came towards us trying to eat us alive, and she’d always turn a bad situation into a laugh. We’d have a ball more than a panic.

What is your favourite book / author?

My favourite book is the ‘Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, but I also love his other book ‘The Messenger’.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

I’d love to travel back to 1960’s America; San Francisco grunge with the big hair and over-sized flares. Give me the flower power and peace every day.

What does your perfect day look like?

I’m a big travel nerd, so a perfect day would be waking up with a new view every day, but if I had to choose one day it would be waking up with a landscape view of the Canadian mountain range in the west, preferably Banff national park. I’d spend the day hiking down to the lake, probably Emerald Lake (it was my favourite) and then spend the rest of the afternoon basking on the lake. Maybe even throwing in a cheeky evening spent watching the sun go down; what more could you want eh?

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

I’ve actually got a plan in place to travel North America and Australasia in a few years, but at the top of my list is either Oregon and Alaska, because of the stunning coasts and scenery, or Hawaii; I’d love to see the islands around Hawaii, just preferably never get into the water. Too many sharks in those oceans for my liking.

Who is your role model, and why?

I’ve always loved David Attenborough. I remember when I was younger I wanted to grow up to be him, because he explored the world and spent time with every animal in the alphabet; it was the dream job.

What song or album instantly transports you to a happy place?

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap; it just makes me instantly think of travelling and driving around in a car on a summers day. It’s a perfect adventure song.

Your final meal ever… what would it be?

Give me a world buffet and I’m on it! No, probably my Nana’s homemade Shepherds’ Pie topped off with her famous Rhubarb Crumble. It’s fantastic and I promise you, it’s hard to go back to store bought crumble when you’ve tried an ex-dinner ladies work of art.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone coming to YSJ for the first time in September?

It’s a scary thing coming to University; venturing away from home for the first time and getting a real taste of independence, but the one thing we always say is just get stuck in! Don’t be afraid to speak to new people; it might be a daunting factor but remember, everyone is in the same boat as you. Be the first person to start a conversation, whether that be your new housemates, course mates, or maybe someone who is joining the same sport/society as you. York St. John is such a fantastic community, you’re bound to meet tonnes of new people who can end up being your friends for a very long time.

If we're sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you in this role, what did you achieve?

To be straight forward, a lot. We’re really excited about the year ahead because of how endless the possibilities are in making sure the student experience at YSJ is the best it can be! Over the next year I want YSJSU to be known for its phenomenal events, whether that be our exciting new ideas for entertainment in Fresher’s Week, or simply what we do on a weekly basis. We want the students to understand the brilliant support they have within YSJ and YSJSU for their futures; graduate possibilities are at the forefront of our action plans, and students should know how many exciting ideas we have over the next year to help them figure out their future career plans. Myself, Steph and Annie are pretty much buzzin’ at how much we have planned over the next year, and the students, whether you’re a fresher, 2nd or 3rd year, should be excited to have one of the best years at YSJ. We can’t wait!