Name: Ciara ‘Jo’ Hanlon
From: Kilchreest, South Galway
Why did you decide to run?
I was a campaign manager last year for a presidential candidate and through this experience, I saw the ins and outs of the job and I thought, “I can do that job.” It was mainly the fear of regret that really pushed me over the line to do it.
What club or society are you involved in?
What are some things you think the SU have done successfully?
I think the support they provide is great- students can pop in and get the help they need. However, I feel there is a stereotype that the SU is only a place for people involved in clubs or socs. That isn’t the case obviously, the SU is an environment for any student.
Why is this job right for you at this point in time?
I came to college as plain old Ciara- now I’m Ciara Jo. I’ve grown into who I am because of my experience here in Ul. I’ve had ups, down and everything in between and after these 4 years I feel I can use my experience to help connect with people and offer help to them.
Why do you think you’re the best candidate for the job?
I’m bubbly, approachable, stubborn but I’m passionate and compassionate. I feel like students will be able to relate to me. I will go into meetings and fight for students. I’m not here to run a campaign jus to go viral, I’m running a campaign around the things that I can achieve for the students.
Why did you choose this position? I want more student engagement with the president and I feel like I’ve the leadership qualities that make up a good president.
What animal would they be if they had to pick?
What other animal would you change the UL wolf to if we couldn’t have Wolfie anymore?
What type of friend are you in your friend group?
The crazy mom but I make sure everyone gets home safe.
Favourite childhood tv show? Easy answer; Rugrats.