Ms Soulon chose to highlight her own personal experiences in her manifesto, as opposed to time spent on committees or in societies. This lack of administrative experience in communicating and working with other people at the top of the Union’s bureaucracy may prove problematic. The inner machinations of the Students’ Association are invariably complex and difficult to navigate, and experience at this high level is always welcome in elections.
Ms Soulon’s manifesto focuses on connectivity; she seeks to de-stigmatise seeking help, as well as establish links between Sexpression and Mermaids. Her stated desire to hear more suggestions from students is noteworthy, and having a greater student voice on the Sabbatical team would surely be a huge boon for the St Andrews community.
However, whilst Ms Soulon is undoubtedly extremely passionate, her manifesto suffers from a paucity of solid, concrete policy proposals. Whilst this could just be the natural consequence of not having prior experience within the Students’ Association, students reading Ms Soulon’s manifesto would be forgiven for wondering what she would actually do if she got elected. She has interesting ideas, but doesn’t seem to know how to implement them.
Nevertheless, Ms Soulon’s manifesto radiates enthusiasm, which is an extremely valuable attribute in any candidate, and I’m confident we can all agree with Ms Soulon on wanting the Director of Wellbeing to “more than a weekly email”.