Student life - being part of a Students' Union

We caught up with Students’ Union President Jessica Foster to find out more about her role at the College.

What course do you study?

I am currently on my second year of my Musical Theatre Programme, although prior to this I studied a Level 3 BTEC 90 at College. I’ve had amazing time on this course, it’s a brilliant study programme, I have had support from college and my tutors all the way.

What influenced your decision to study Musical Theatre?

I didn’t do very well in my GCSE’s and was frightened I wouldn’t be able to progress further. College gave me the lifeline to do something I was passionate about without having any background knowledge. I am so passionate about performing arts, watching stories come to life through theatre, and Canterbury College made it possible for me to follow that passion.

How has studying Musical Theatre helped you in your role on the Students’ Union?

So you wouldn’t immediately think Musical Theatre ties in with the Students' Union, although I’ve found being a performance student really helpful. It’s allowed me to have the confidence to give speeches and to speak publicly.  

What do you enjoy most about your roles at the college?

Every day is different, there's always something new and exciting to explore. I think that’s what I enjoy the most, it's because I’m forever learning new skills and meeting new people.

What does a typical college day in the life of Jessica Foster?

I get to college 8.30 every morning, two hash browns from the canteen is how I start my day. Depending on the day of the week, I will start with dancing, singing or acting class. Lunch I spend with my friends or pop down to the SU. Then I’m back to lessons, with a few to frequent visits to the grab and go.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about a similar role?

Just go for it and don’t hold back! You learn so much on the job, so don’t feel like you need to know everything right away. Just go for it! You’ve got this!

What do you think is the biggest misconception about the role of SU President?

That you have to be overly political. When I first went for the role I thought it was this big political thing and I wouldn’t stand a chance. Turns out it’s the opposite, I’ve learnt so much and been able to form my own political view along the road.

How do you balance your course commitments and the responsibilities of SU President?

I try to look at the SU as a job, if I didn’t show up to work I would get in trouble. It’s a commitment, I try to do Student Union work on Monday and Wednesday afternoons after maths. On my weekends or nights I go to work, I do my coursework in the evenings and I see my friends and family inbetween. I find it a really good system for me.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m intending on taking a gap year, however I’ve still auditioned for university and I want to have options in case my opinion changes. I guess the future is slightly unknown.