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Millie O'Halloran: Her journey as the first female second-year representative at King’s.

Millie O‘Halloran
Millie O‘Halloran
Millie O’Halloran is a second-year resident studying a Bachelor of Business and Design at UQ. In September last year, she was elected by the student body to be the second-year representative on the executive team. Which made Millie the first female second-year representative at King’s.

After deciding to come to King’s late in 2022, Millie noted that this decision played a major role in her being voted in for this role. Because of the last-minute acceptance, she was placed in an all-second year flat, allowing her to build a connection with older years.

Millie’s role as second-year rep is to represent the second years and communicate any issues to the exec team. She acts as a middle ground between third and first year, which helps freshers as they often feel more comfortable talking to her.

When asked about the most significant hurdle she encountered as the second-year rep. Millie discussed her initial fear of being the youngest member on the team. At the outset she struggled with the fear that her viewpoints and opinions weren’t going to be heard, However, Millie soon realised the supportiveness of the exec team and their genuine interest in what she had to say.

Millie said that being the first female second-year rep was scary at first, as she thought there would be backlash. However, after being appointed, she realised the importance it held. This ripple effect of Millie’s role has seen impacts this year; Millie says that she has had fresher girls say to her that they will go for a role. Showing that this is not just a boy's role anymore and it is for anyone.

In the past couple of years, the second-year representative has gone on to become president, when asked if Millie planned to follow in their footsteps, she said she wasn’t sure yet. Millie discussed how she felt that there were so many good candidates in the second-year cohort, and she wouldn’t want people to vote for her just because they wanted a female president.

We want to thank Millie O’Halloran for sitting down with The Wyvern Review to discuss being the first female second-year representative and her plan for becoming President.

CLICK HERE to view Millie's video

 

Thanks to Estella Sherlock for this article. 

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