Alumni of the Month: July 2010

KARI RITTOO (EDUCATIONAL STUDIES & ENGLISH 2010 )

Kari Rittoo Alumni of the Month July 2010 How did you get to where you are now (KUSU President)?
A lot of sleepless nights and hard campaigning through our KUSU elections! Prior to that though, it was through just getting involved with the Union and different societies.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Well it’s my second day as President today so not much so far in terms of my job I’m afraid. I’ll say getting a 1st in my degree and getting elected in the first place.

And your biggest mistake?
Spouting off about issues I disagreed with before I’d been fully informed about them. It taught me when to think with my head and when to think with my heart.

What are your ambitions now?
To try my best to fulfil as many of my manifesto promises as possible in my year as President. For instance, to get Union Square back open and make the 24 hour library system more useful for Medical students as well as everyone else. After that I’m looking to become a primary school teacher.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Get involved with the Union, whether that’s at UGM’s, societies or working here. When it comes to campaigning in elections don’t ever let anyone tell you that you don’t stand a chance of winning – hard work, good ideas and most importantly doing this job for the right reasons CAN overcome someone incredibly well known around campus.

What made you choose Keele University?
When I came here it felt more like a home than anywhere else I visited. Everyone seemed so friendly and there was such a community spirit. I visited twice and a student I’d met the first time still remembered who I was months later; it symbolised how lovely everybody was.

How has Keele influenced your life?
It gave me the best set of friends I could have ever hoped to meet. It made me a stronger, more confident person than I’d have known I could be.

What is your favourite memory of Keele?
There are far too many to pick just one! I think one of them would be the first night back in my second year when all my friends arrived back on campus...I was so happy to see everyone after summer and it felt like we were all back where we belonged. (Plus, there may have been a fair few beverages involved).

And your worst?
Keele doesn’t create worst memories!

Anything else you would like to add?
Forever: Keele says it all!