- Clear and effective communication between you and the Faculty, and vice versa,
- Ensuring a seamless transition to online learning, and
- Representing the class to the Faculty and beyond with poise and always advocating for your best interests.
Greetings, fellow Med-1 students!
My name is Elyse Bowitsch, and I am thrilled to be running for the position of Med-1 Class President for the Montreal campus!
I would like to begin by introducing myself. I’m 20 years old, and I have lived in Montreal my entire life. I went to Marianopolis before attending McGill’s Med-P program, and now I am fortunate to be in Med-1 with all of you lovely people! I have 3 adorable cats, whom I shower with affection every day, even though they sometimes run away from me. I’m an avid beachgoer in the summertime, I played as a soccer goalie for most of my life, and I love to walk around the city or in nature.
One of my primary objectives, if elected as Class President, would be to ensure clear communication between students and the Faculty. The pandemic we are currently living through has altered so many aspects of our lives, and we have had to become creative with how we communicate with each other and our mentors during these unprecedented times, and crucial information can occasionally get lost or seem overwhelming. I aim to navigate through any sort of confusion by communicating with the Faculty on the class’ behalf in a timely, professional manner, and relaying important information back to you just as efficiently. One of the ways I plan to create this open lane of communication is to have a google form be sent out to the class on a weekly basis, to gather and compile all of your concerns, and direct them to the appropriate Faculty members. Clarification on certain issues can then be sent out to the class in weekly newsletters containing other pertinent information and opportunities.
Furthermore, I would like to promote a seamless transition to online learning. As we’ve all started to settle into the groove of sitting at home all day listening to lectures, I can’t help but reflect upon where we would currently be, and what school would be like if we were not in the midst of a global pandemic. We could be in a massive lecture hall together, mingling, getting to know one another during our “10 minute” breaks between lectures, studying or participating in different activities together, and the list goes on. However, by hosting regular Med-1 class council meetings, I would love to work with the other members of the council to support their ideas to make this year memorable for the class! Collaborating with them and overseeing that planning goes smoothly will ensure that the council moves towards their goals efficiently.
The last point I would like to make is that I will always do my best to represent the class to the Faculty and beyond with poise. Part of the Class President’s role includes representing the class at various meetings, including those with the General Council, or with the Faculty deanery and administration. During these meetings, I intend to bring forward your questions, concerns, and ideas to guarantee that your voices are heard. I will advocate on your behalf for the things you believe are necessary for your enjoyment and success during our first year together!
All this talk of ideas is lovely, but why would I be qualified for this position, and why should you consider voting for me? In my life, I have always sought to help those around me to the best of my abilities, keeping their best interest at heart, and previous leadership roles on student councils or in clubs have taught me the importance of listening to others to better voice their concerns or help put their ideas in motion to improve the quality of their student life. In the past, I have also had the chance to work closely with local organizations to learn about and raise awareness for multiple issues that affect people in our community, which fostered my desire to speak up for others when they could not.
If you choose to elect me as Class President, I will approach the role with respect, enthusiasm, and compassion. I will strive to empower and support you throughout this coming year.
Vote Elyse to go through Med-1 with ease!