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Esther Obayomi

International Students Officer

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My name is Esther Obayomi, a second-year physiotherapy student and I am very enthusiastic about helping people.

I have served as a treasurer for the Nigerian Student Society UoP (NSS) and as a female sports prefect in a Secondary school, where I managed students, organised games and led exercise routines. Currently, I work part-time as a healthcare assistant which has allowed me to learn active listening and teamwork whilst improving my communication and social skills.

As an international student from Nigeria, I understand that moving to university in a different country can be a difficult experience without having a friendly community to welcome and guide you in finding the necessary support and resources to help facilitate a smooth transition process. This role will provide me with the opportunity to network across the international community within Plymouth University.

My Manifesto Points are:

·       To create a central hub using social media platforms to allow communication within the international societies present, to facilitate networking across diverse student cultural groups.  

·       Establishing a more cordial relationship between international students and the SU. I can partner with the well-being and diversity vice-president to be able to have an event to engage international students to appreciate their diverse culture yearly. This enables international students to socialize, as well as get to know their student union.

My top priority would be to lobby with the university to provide an annual pre-arrival package for international students starting at the university. This package would include providing learning opportunities, academic writing advice, accommodation information, a guide to navigating Plymouth; student life information such as affordable supermarkets, restaurants, places of worship and leisure places. This would be provided to international students in and out of the UK prior to arrival at the University of Plymouth.

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