Board Profiles 2020

Will Griffin    
President

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (4th year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I love Bendigo and think that La Trobe Bendigo is vital for the regions success!  Through the BSA the students have an enhanced experience of studying here in Bendigo. The BSA aids students by supporting students, improving student to student connection, and increasing opportunities  to Bendigo students, all of which I am very passionate about!

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

One of the most unique parts about the BSA is its Board! We are all students living and studying the life of a student here at La Trobe Bendigo.
This uniqueness enables us to really understand what the students at La Trobe want, which in turn helps us fulfil that ultimate goal of the BSA which is to 'Make Student Life Better’.

What are your career aspirations?

At this stage I am hoping to practice Law possibly in either commercial or family law in Bendigo or country Victoria. Another aspiration of mine is to possibly run a business of my own. With studying Law and business I would like to see both sides of the degree being used.


Brody McDowell
Vice President

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (4th year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I am passionate about the student experience here at La Trobe Bendigo. I wanted to play a role in making sure that students who study in the region are engaged and enjoy their university experience. I see students being a voice for students as a significant contributor to the enabling of regional students' success. Being able to be in a position to positively impact so many is a privilege and one that is rewarding.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

The Board is representative of the people it serves. It is selected by the students with the goal to 'Make Student Life Better'. The Board is the powerhouse of discussion about issues and opportunities that are impacting regional students. We provide firsthand accounts of what matters to the students around us to aid the BSA in making strategic decisions to achieve its goals. We are also the faces that are seen by students at all the BSA events. Overall, we work to make the Bendigo university experience engaging and enjoyable on campus and beyond.
What are your career aspirations?
Studying law and business allows me to pursue both my passions, combining the law and my interest in the business world. In addition, strategic thinking and managing people has always interested me. One day I would love to be able to merge these aspects together and run a business.


Caleb Ellis   
Finance & Resources Committee Chair

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Business (Second year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I initially began my tertiary study in Geelong before transferring back to Bendigo in 2019. I feel often local students have misleading conceived notions of the campus experience and academic quality of education here in Bendigo.

As part of the BSA Board, I wish to ensure all Bendigo graduating students have the developed understanding that there is world-class education opportunities right here in Bendigo, so why move elsewhere!

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

The Board are the student representatives behind the BSA who play an essential part in the governance and guidance of the association. This is particularly important so as to ensure all decisions made are relevant and are made with the best interests of current and future student needs.
What are your career aspirations?
Since about the age of five, I have been passionately interested in the transport industry, particularly buses. It is my hope to one day run, or part own, a transport company with a focus on the provision of sustainable, technology-driven mobility solutions, to enhance equitable and fair access to essential services across the country and which can redefine the way we travel.


Thomas Connellan
Board Director | Student Causes Officer

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Para-medicine/Public Health - (5th Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board to support other students in making the most of their time at university. In particular, I would like to support students from a rural background like myself, support other health science students and support live music on campus.


 
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to lead a fulfilling career in para-medicine or public health, either in Victoria, or further afield in Australia or internationally.
 


Jayden Davis-Tope
Board Director | Student Engagement Officer

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning
(5th Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I sought to join the BSA board as I believe that the organisation is very important in assisting students in their university life. I personally wanted to get involved in helping students and through the BSA Board I will be able to bring their concerns to the forefront to be addressed.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board is essential to making student life at university better as they organise events as well as opportunities for students on campus.
 
The Board is also essential for student representation in which we bring forth their concerns whether it be university related or otherwise. The Board will then seek to assist these students and alleviate their concerns.

What are your career aspirations?

Once I finish my degree I am looking to get into regional or city planning to assist in the organisation of new buildings to maximise the efficiency of our land for everyone. Eventually though I plan to move into politics to continue my goal of helping the common person as well as representing their interests.


Yukti Arya
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Health Science in Dentistry/Master in Dentistry
(5th year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA as it is aligned with my core value of helping others. I believe in the karmic value and happiness it can bring to not only others, but also myself. It is this reason why I study what I do, am constantly volunteering and seeking experiences to help me grow.

As a BSA Board Director, I want to listen to the concerns of my fellow peers and aim to bring about positive change that will make their university experience amazing. I want to inspire people to strive for greatness, but to also be generous along the way because kindness is contagious.    


 
What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board's primary role is to facilitate changes that have an overall improvement to student life. The Board is focused on listening to student concerns and helping the wonderful BSA staff to solve issues. The Board is the face of the BSA, helping to create a friendly, fun and approachable environment for all students regardless of background.

What are your career aspirations?

As a future dentist, my aspirations focus more towards the medical trifecta; where I can help others on an individual, community and wider society scale. Therefore, I aspire to be a dental practitioner, medical research and university professor.  


Jamie Brown
Board Director

Currently Studying

Bachelor of Outdoor Environmental Education (Extended) (Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board because I am passionate about equality, encouraging sustainable practices amongst the masses and increasing the availability and awareness of the mental health and support services for the student body of Bendigo La Trobe. My experience working with at-risk and disadvantaged young people gives me an insight into the importance of community and the obligation we have to create spaces where all students feel safe and connected. Coming from a niche area of study that is also one of rural Australia's largest university communities, I feel I am perfectly positioned to understand the needs of a diverse range of students that have typically been underrepresented in the past. Plus the prospect of supporting La Trobe University to work towards its goal of being Australia's first zero-emissions university was too good to pass up!

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board brings a student voice to the long term plans that impact student life within the Bendigo campus. Through improving the quality, sustainability and measurable outcomes of student welfare events, the Board supports the BSA to achieve ongoing targets of student satisfaction.
 
What are your career aspirations?

After returning from Sweden in 2021, I intend to work in the adventure industry within Australia, before starting my own Adventure Therapy company by the time I'm 30. My intended demographic will be at-risk or disadvantaged youth. I think it's important to foster self-efficacy and hope in our future generations, whilst facilitating a positive relationship with their environment.

I would love to establish a career that champions diversity and encourages an expansive way of thinking, one that enables me to cultivate an environment-centred way of life, like the one I have had the privilege of discovering in the outdoors whilst at La Trobe.



Omar Ebrahim Ahmad Ebaih
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (2nd year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I joined the BSA Board to help students feel comfortable and cheerful here at university,
as many students at the Bendigo campus are far from home for long periods.

The BSA comes up with creative ways that keep students optimistic about university
life, with different activities and events throughout the year.

What are your career aspirations?
After I finish my degree, I think I will continue into medicine here in Australia.