Meet Geemal (he/him). Your 110th Guild President, and a serious social butterfly on a mission to make his mark on your student experience 👊😎
Geemal moved to Perth in 2020 from Sri Lanka and has lived and breathed UWA campus life ever since. He knows that a thriving campus can totally transform your experience at uni and that’s why it is at the forefront of his plans in his newly appointed position.
“This is my fourth year living at college, so I have a pretty good idea of the importance of a good community for someone like me who doesn’t have any family in Perth,” says Geemal.
It's the people you surround yourself with that gives you a sense of purpose when you’re at uni, and that’s what makes you do the impossible.
Geemal knows a thing or two about getting out of his comfort zone, and he reckons nerves about something new is all part of the rollercoaster of uni life.
“Get involved as much as you can. If the main reason you’re turning something down is because you are afraid, then that’s when you know should just DO it. You just never know where it’ll take you.”
Geemal put his own theory to the test when he ran for 2023 Guild President and got elected in.
Despite his nerves about not fitting the usual mould, Geemal’s risk paid off and now he is bursting to bring his fresh ideas and passion to get you involved in all that UWA has to offer.
First things first, he thinks you should be visiting Reid Library and the Tav at least once a week. They are his fave spots on campus – “one for business, and one for pleasure, is my motto and it’s the best balance to keep your vibe high throughout the semester,” says Geemal.
My top tips for anyone new to UWA, or anyone who hasn’t spent much time on campus – get involved, get acquainted with our facilities, and get around UWA life!
“If you’re hesitant about putting yourself out there – it’ll be the best thing you ever do. Just trust the process.”
From joining a club or society, giving back by volunteering, or just simply choosing to study in the library sometimes, Geemal thinks it can make all the difference. And we couldn’t agree more.
If that doesn’t give you a dose of motivation to get stuck into some seriously great things this semester, we don’t know what will.