Restoration student Kati Kananen has been serving on the Student Union’s representative council for the fourth consecutive year. She first ran for office right at the beginning of her studies in 2020.
– I feel that I’ve been able to advance the interests of restoration and, more broadly, the cultural sector within the representative council. There are relatively few restoration students at Xamk, so it’s essential that our voices are heard both in student decision-making and more broadly within Xamk, says Kati.
As a member of the representative council, one has the opportunity to influence the student union’s most important decisions, including the budget, action plan, and membership fees. Representatives receive a year of free membership for their service and can earn 5 elective study credits if they wish.
– Perhaps the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from being in the representative council is how decision-making works. I had never held any position of trust before, and now, official meeting procedures come naturally. These skills will undoubtedly be beneficial in my future career, Kati reflects.
Thecandidacy for theStudent Union Kaakko’srepresentativeelections is now open! Youcanrun for officeuntil October 8th via thislinkorbyfilling out theform at ouroffice. More informationabouttheelectionscanbefound on Kaakko’swebsite. Therepresentativeelectionswilltakeplace on November 8th, 2023, and thenewrepresentativecouncilwillbeginitsyear-long term on January 1st, 2024.