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It is a great honor to receive the Engagement Award of 2013, since, apart from the sense of personal achievement it offers me, it constitutes ample evidence that our collective efforts have been recognised. An academic year of rigorous discussions, various proposals and continuous efforts has come to an end, with this award proving the efficiency and dedication with which all of us worked and cooperated. It makes me particularly proud that 3 out 6 awarded Course Representatives, out of the entire college, come from our Department, a fact that enhances my optimism that the way we paved this year in the SSLC is expected to be even brighter in the foreseeable future. Special thanks to an admirably amicable and engaging academic and administrative staff, as well as to my classmates, who trusted me in being their voice in this year’s SSLC. My advice to future representatives and committees is to continue seeking for academic and professional excellence, through active representation. Aristotle, the instigator of the idea that man by nature is a politicised creature, stated that: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”  This is my wish to future SSLCs; to pursue this ideal, in order to let dialogue flourish and changes to be materialized.

Thank you very much,

Emma Gavala

London, June 2013.

Read the media coverage at the official RHUL website here:

“Economics Student Representatives triumph at Royal Holloway’s first ever Course Rep Awards”. Dept. of Economics. 19.06.13.

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/economics/news/newsarticles/economicsstudentrepresentativestriumphatroyalhollowaysfirstevercourserepawards.aspx