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Elise Busset

What’s the best thing about St Hilda’s?
For me, as I am sure is the case for many others, the best thing about St Hilda’s is, without doubt, the people – students and staff. The people absolutely make the College. It only took days of starting at St Hilda’s for me to realise its special and warm atmosphere, and how genuine, interesting and interested every member of the College is. I have only grown to appreciate this more since Covid.

What’s your favourite place in College and why?
My favourite place in College would probably be the Lee Practise Room of the JDP. It is where I have gone to prepare for every musical audition and practise singing repertoire. It is just such a lovely, quiet, private space to take yourself off to and in which to sing, play piano, and escape from academic work. However, it only just beats the riverside path, which would have to be a very close second, and along which I have some very amusing memories of doing a night shoot.

If you could raise money for one thing to help students, what would it be?
If I could raise money for one thing to help students, it would be further finances for bursaries and scholarships which increase access to the College. As a languages student, I would be particularly interested in raising money for bursaries to financially support students going on a year abroad. Such grants would enable them to get the most out of the experience of living internationally, without worrying about the financial repercussions of this.

Why should alumnae give to St Hilda’s?
Alumnae financial support is a crucial source of income for the College, and, cumulatively, multiple small donations go an incredibly long way to maintaining and refining the St Hilda’s experience. Current alumnae had their own experience of St Hilda’s thanks to the support of the alumnae before them, and current students can only have a similarly magical university experience with their support now.

Can you give an example of an activity or event run by the JCR that you have particularly enjoyed?
An event run by the JCR which I particularly enjoyed was Arts Week 2021. It was a wonderful week of acting, writing and film industry panels, poetry readings, author Q&As and performance, celebrating art at a time when the creative industries are struggling even more due to Covid. All the events were so much fun and offered incredible insight into the working life of a range of roles in these industries.

Elise Busset