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Meet our new student representatives! 

2022-10-27

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Cornelia Börjesson Freitag – President of Medicinska Föreningen (MF)

Cornelia Börjesson Freitag

Why did you choose to get involved in the union?

–  I have always had a lot of opinions and saw already in the first semester that the opportunity to influence my education attracted! I began as a course representative and then got involved in the program's education council and now I work with faculty-wide education monitoring. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to speak for the students in different forums and it also gives me good experiences on a personal level for the future.

What is the most fun about being involved in the union?

–  The most fun must still be to meet so many new people and that you meet in such a good way by the faculty. It also comes with a lot of social stuff that is also of course very fun!

What would you like the teachers at the Faculty of Medicine to do better in relation to the students?

–  Something that you can get better at is the feedback to the students after the course evaluations are completed and to make sure that they are included in the follow-up! I think it makes a big difference for the students to feel that the time you spend as a course representative, for example, leads to change. Something we also work with is that everyone should have the same conditions for student representation, for example even if you are English speaking.

What is the best thing the teachers at the faculty do for the students?

–  I think the best thing is that as a student representative, you are often seen as an obvious part of different groups.

Ilona De Sainte Maire, Vice-President – Student Social Responsibility (VO-S)

Ilona De Sainte Maire

Why did you choose to get involved in the union?

– I got involved because I wanted to do more in Lund beyond normal student life and where I could learn a lot and where there was an opportunity to meet people from different organizations and with different backgrounds. 

What is the most fun about being involved in the union?

– The best thing is how close you get to people who study other programs, who you never get to know otherwise.  In addition, it is very rewarding to see that one's work directly benefits the students you meet in the corridor and it is also very nice to forge stronger ties with teachers and representatives at the university. And of course all the good coffee meetings and various balls / events you are invited to!

What would you like the teachers at the Faculty of Medicine to do better in relation to the students?

–  What we have heard is desirable is to have better communication between teachers and students, with better response time via e-mail, but also on site. Due to the pandemic, we have lost the human contact, which is a great pity, and they hope we will return soon to create a better atmosphere and community that will benefit both parties.

What is the best thing the teachers at the faculty do for the students?

 – That they exist! No, but the knowledge that the teachers provide is the reason why I chose Lund and my education. You get so much from them, and you see that they try to go the extra mile to distinguish themselves from other teachers and educations around the country.

Ida Theander, Vice President – Responsibility for Education (VO-U)

Ida Theander

Why did you choose to get involved in the union?

– I chose to get involved in the union because I think that student influence at universities should be strong and is also needed for a good education. By getting involved in the union, I get to both highlight important student issues related to our education and can at the same time have fun within Lund's student life.

What is the most fun about being involved in the union?

– Right now, we at VÅVS are focusing on getting the commitment going again after the pandemic and therefore we focus a lot on various social activities. This year, a lot of focus will be on finding our way back to student traditions.

What would you like the teachers at the Faculty of Medicine to do better in relation to the students?

– What I see would benefit many student groups at the faculty is increased communication, both during teaching and through a good email conversation. Much of the frustration that we in the union respond to is when students do not get hold of their teachers and when there is miscommunication between students and programs.

What is the best thing the teachers at the faculty do for the students?

– To engage us students to want to learn more than just the necessary to pass the next exam. There is an opportunity to arouse greater commitment among us students by having inspiring, educational and interesting lectures / discussions!

Alva Söderbäck, Vice President of LUS (Lund University Student Unions)

Alva Söderbäck
Alva Söderbäck (Foto: Alexandra Roslund)

What is your role within the student unions today? What was your role at the Faculty of Medicine?

– Since the first of July, I have held the position of vice president of Lund University's student unions, LUS. LUS is a collaborative organization for all student unions at Lund University and works to coordinate student influence and represent students in matters concerning students at more than one faculty. My assignment as vice chairman extends over one year and my responsibilities are specifically educational and study environment-related issues at the university central level. Last year, I served as president of Medicinska föreningen and one of three spokespersons in Corpus Medicum, the student union at the Faculty of Medicine. Where my area of responsibility was primarily to coordinate student influence and the views of the faculty's students both towards the central level of the faculty in the undergraduate education board and similar forums, as well as to represent the students of the Faculty of Medicine in LUS anchoring work.

What do you benefit from in your current role that you learned by being active at the Faculty of Medicine?

– One of my experiences that I have noticed differs from others that have been at LUS is the union's section division, where you get to work within Corpus Medicum to coordinate the different educational councils and the sections' opinions and wills to a common direction towards the faculty. It is the same principle that we work with within LUS to coordinate the opinions of the various unions towards the university management. There I have a lot with me about how best to ensure that everyone has the same knowledge base to stand on to make decisions about which opinion to have, and make sure to highlight the pros and cons of different options, as well as what effect these can have in both the short and long term.

What is the most fun about being involved in the union?

– The absolute most fun is to feel that you put your time to make a difference for both current students, in case management and problem solving in specific ongoing situations, but also future students, in decision-making around strategic issues that have an impact in the long run. Getting feedback that you have helped a student in a difficult issue, or seeing how the educations get concretely better makes it worth all the time that is spent!

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