Sana Ali, Wellbeing Officer
Hi, I'm Sana and I'm your Wellbeing Officer for 2019/20. You can read a bit more about me and my role below.
Course: Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
Hometown: Woking, Surrey
What's one thing that most people don't know about you?
I love writing. I write poetry and am working on a novel. I’ve always dreamed of publishing a book.
If you could pick one word to describe yourself what would it be and why?
It’s difficult to pick just one but I think it’d have to be compassionate because I have a genuine concern and care for others which drives me to want to help in whichever way I can.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to read minds, because I’m too curious for my own good and it’d just make communication so much easier. It’d also be useful to be able to identify and avoid bigots.
What is your role as Wellbeing Officer and what can you offer to students?
As Wellbeing Officer I am here to help students with your wellbeing, safety and support during your time at University. I am here to ensure students are safe on and off campus, you have adequate mental and sexual health support, as well as providing housing advice and guidance. I am also here to listen to your concerns and direct you to the appropriate services.
What inspired you to become an Executive Officer?
As a student I was unhappy with my experiences of the counselling services and mental health support at the University and knew things needed to change. On the flip side, the events regarding liberation and mental health hosted by the Student’s Union made me feel seen and listened to, as well as empowered. The combination of the negative experiences with the University alongside the knowledge and experience of the Student’s Union as a vehicle for change drove me to become an Executive Officer.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
There are a lot of things that I want to achieve, but in particular I’m hoping to achieve an improvement in the mental health provisions at the University. The biggest battle in that regard is of course the counselling services, which is something I will tirelessly be rallying the University to improve but in addition to that: holding regular, practical mental health workshops and hosting events to destigmatise mental health and support students. Additionally, I’m hoping to start the first Body Positivity campaign on campus, because loving yourself how you are is a difficult battle many of us face. Deconstructing the narratives making us unhappy with ourselves and our bodies is a good first step on that journey of self-love.
What is the best thing about Leicester?
The diversity! I’m from a town that is very white-majority, so it’s nice to be in a city that has people from a diverse range of backgrounds and the vast array of halal food is a definite plus!
Get in touch
Find out what I'm up to by emailing me or head over to my Twitter and Facebook and give me a follow.
You can find out more about my role and the other Officer roles here