The 2017 Guild Elections: Reflections of a Loser

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again??

Hi I’m Donald and I came last in the SO election. First of all did I deserve to come last? Hell yes of course I did, but there’s more to it than that.

The SO election I think was a bigger learning experience for me than my whole degree. Yeah, I know that sounds clichéd and it probably is. But I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. What brings that home is when you find a group of people that really believes in you and believes that you were the best person that represented them. What brings that home is when you have people who thought you had a good campaign but didn’t follow through. As a candidate who came last I feel I let them down, badly, so if you’re reading this I want to say sorry, from the bottom of my heart.

I came into this with the idea of I’ll get a free breakfast this, that and the other. Though the reality is I went on a journey that culminated in the events of results night. When you have people that read your manifesto and believe in you for the right reasons you feel guilty when you let them down. What I would say is, I would not trade each and every one of those of those votes for an SO position or a million or more of meaningless votes.

The group I met on election night humbled me, even though they may not realise it. For that I thank them because they grounded me in what matters. If you’re thinking of running for SO next year, go for it. You might not be the chair of this society or the other and actually win it but the people that you meet, the people that are truly genuine and the lessons that you learn will stay with you forever. I would include some of the other candidates in this. They didn’t win but they earned my respect by standing for what they truly believed in. For that, I salute them.

So really what’s the lesson here? If you get an opportunity seize it, you learn something either way. Student politics, really it’s a popularity contest and that’s fine because the experiences I gained were worth far more than any £19K job could ever give me.