We’ve reblogged this interview from the LSE SU blog interviewing Nona, the 2013-14 LSESU Rag President.
The RAG President leads Raising and Giving (RAG) which is responsible for all charity fundraising at LSESU. The President leads a committee of 17 students and organises fundraising events and acts as the main point of contact for any student wishing to raise money for charity, or any external organisation aiming to run a charity event at LSESU.
This is a part-time, voluntary position. You must be a member of RAG.
Check out the full role description on our website.
Your current RAG President, Nona Buckley-Irvine, has had a busy and successful year as RAG President. She’s organised the Welcome Ball, RAG Freshers’ wristband, which gave thousands of students entry to London’s top clubs, a trek up Kilamanjaro and a sleep-out. She tells us more about her experiences…
What’s been your favourite thing about being RAG President?
My favourite thing has been meeting so many people through our events, and subsequently seeing them have fun! We’ve put on so much this year and because of that I’ve had the opportunity to meet first-, second-, third-years, as well as postgrads and General Course students. The best feeling comes when you get to see all our participants having a good time – whether it be finishing RAG Gets Lost, partying at our socials, or crossing the finish line of Tough Guy.
What’s been the hardest thing/your least favourite?
The hardest thing has been dedicating so much time to it. RAG is a huge commitment as with all our events comes a lot of planning: whether it be filling out risk assessments, ordering t shirts, selling tickets – it all requires time, and this can come in the way of your degree.
What one thing do you wish you’d known before you started?
I wish I had known how absolutely crazy my year would be!
Why should someone run for your position?
RAG has truly been the defining aspect of my LSE experience. Being in charge of it is the only thing that tops being a part of it. You will have the opportunity to meet so many people, and to put on such a wide variety of events. Working with charities and producing a sum of money that really makes a difference to them is incredibly motivating, and a great achievement too. Not only that but you get to work with a team of equally fun, dedicated, and hardworking people – I could not recommend the position more if you want to get the most out of being a student at LSE.
What are you thinking about doing next and how has your role helped with your future plans?
I don’t quite know what I’m going to do next! I’m planning on studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town, or pursuing journalism (fingers crossed!). The role will bear me in good stead for any future plans as your management skills become very well developed, as well as learning how to work with people. It also shows you how putting a great deal of passion and hard work into something is really worthwhile and rewarding, and that is an attitude that I will carry with me through life.
Want to know more?
If you’d like any further information about this position, please contact Engagement Co-ordinator, Laura Burley, on L.A.Burley@lse.ac.uk, or pop into the Activities Resource Centre on the first floor of the new student centre, or download our guide to running for election.