P-WD Blog | A little more about me!

So... who are you?!

Hello! My name is Annie Severn, and I’m the new President of Wellbeing and Diversity for 2017/18

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

I didn’t have a clue what my answer would be when I initially read this question, so I took a couple of those silly online quizzes… and I was told that I was like Mickey Mouse, closely followed by Dory… From those two characters I’ll take the qualities of good leadership, having good ideas and being super friendly and sociable, definitely not the trait of being forgetful…

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

Out of all the people in the world… I would probably choose my dad, because he’s a very calm person and I would be useless at all the survival stuff so he’d be the responsible one. I would say my best friends would be a fun option because at least we’d have stuff to talk about but I don’t have them down as the Bear Grylls type so we’d probably not last very long.

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

I’d have to choose the 1920’s – I’m thinking Great Gatsby era style parties would be fun and I’d love to dress up like that.

What does your perfect day look like?

For a start it would be sunny, and spent outdoors; going on a walk in the middle of nowhere with people I love, followed by a big pub lunch (three courses, obviously) and pimms.

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

I’d LOVE to go to New Zealand and travel all the way from North to South, and explore the lakes, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and the Southern Alps. The more adventurous, the better! I’d love to go hiking, kayaking and diving there and be surrounded by stunning scenery. I’d also love to camp, rather than staying in hostels, as I’ve wild-camped on the side of a mountain before and it was the best experience ever.

Who is your role model, and why?

J.K Rowling is most definitely up there with who inspires me and is a role model of mine (although I don’t want to be an author); she worked her way up from the very bottom and is now an extremely successful woman. She is an incredible example that persistence and hard work leads to success and happiness. Also, she does a lot of sassy tweets.

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

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not’ Album. It always reminds me of summer time and road trips with my dad

Your final meal ever… what would it be?

I’d be greedy and dabble in different types of cuisines … Starter: Nachos with all the toppings, Main: I’d go to the Indian Takeaway and get a Vegetable Bhuna and for Dessert: the most sickly sweet chocolate dessert EVER imaginable with vanilla ice cream.

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

My advice is regarding the first stage of university, and is quite an important bit: to those who might struggle at the first hurdle, please don’t give up! I know from experience that settling can be difficult at first and I remember having the thoughts ‘I can’t do this whole uni thing’ and I even thought about dropping out – but now, almost 4 years later, here I am staying for even longer! This is because I stuck at it and ended up having the best three years of my life. So, use the services that are provided to ensure you get the best out of your experience and get involved with as much as possible!

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?

I want to feel as though I have represented the student body to the best possible standard! I want to have achieved each of my manifesto points, and ran some fantastic campaigns that reach out to students and gets them engaged. There are a lot of important topics that I feel passionate about, that aim to focus on within the year ahead such as Mental Health, Sexual Health, Sexual Harassment and Body Image. If I could make a difference to students’ lives and make a positive impact on their university life that would be the best thing possible for me.