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Welfare and Campaigns Officer:
Bebe Husakova

Bebe Husakova is the SU's Welfare Officer.

Hi everyone, I am Bebe - I am your Welfare and Campaigns officer for the next year, and I am here to make sure everyone feels supported, safe and happy.

Coming to university is exciting but it can be challenging at times. Part of my job is to offer advice regarding housing, sexual and mental health and immigration.

The other part of my job is to encourage student activism, so when you are passionate about an issue I can advise you on how to go about organizing a campaign.

I am also here to help you with any issues you may have, opinions you want to vocalize or ideas you want to turn into actions, so don't hesitate to drop me an email or pop to my office in the SUHQ. I am always happy to chat!

Blog

  • Tue 02 Dec 2014 11:28

    The Atrium saw over 1000 people for our annual Housing Day last Wednesday - what a success!

    I signed a contract for my house in June this year - I am living further away from the town centre than I initially wanted to but the house is lovely and, more, importantly my flatmates are ace! (Big shout out to Verity, Annie and Robyn for being absolutely amazing!) Here are couple of things to bear in mind when you are going house-hunting:

    1. If you are starting to get restless or nervous when it comes to house hunting, please don’t panic! You will not be homeless next year, as there are plenty of houses. However, this does not mean you should not do any research or look at some properties, as it will give you a better idea of what you want and what is out there. Warwick Accommodation will be putting more houses on the website during and after the Christmas vacation. So do not fear!

    2. Go and SEE THE PROPERTY IN PERSON – never sign a contract for a house you have not seen. By looking around the property, you can ask questions and make sure you are getting value for your money. The SU’s housing-hunting guide (available online or in the Advice Centre) has a checklist of all the things you should look out for when you are looking round a property.

    3. Make sure you read the contract properly. If there is anything you do not understand, bring your contract to the Advice Centre - our amazing advisors will be able to check it out for you and tell you if there is anything dodgy about it!

    4. Money – know what price range you can afford. Sometimes your loan does not cover the rent for the whole 11 or 12 months, so it is important to check this. Bear in mind that on top of your rent you will have to pay gas, electricity and sometimes water bills; internet, a TV license and bus pass are other expenses that need to be included in your calculations.

    5. Is bigger always better? Bigger houses are approximately 20% more expensive to rent and more difficult to maintain. If you are living in a big house (i.e. 8 or more people), it is worth bearing in mind that big houses can get robbed more frequently because the door is left unlocked more often and anyone can just walk in. If you are a big crowd who is willing to split into smaller groups, that might be something worth considering!

     

    The quality of your housing can affect many areas of your life (e.g. your academic progress or mental health), so make sure you don’t rush your decision. If you want to pick up a house hunting guide, ask for advice or just simply get more information, go online to www.warwicksu.com/housing, email advice@warwicksu.com or pop by to the Advice Centre on the 2nd floor of SUHQ. The Advice Centre is free, independent and confidential. Good luck!

  • Wed 01 Oct 2014 10:06

    Freshers Fortnight means different things to different people: some people go out every night, some sign up for as many societies as possible, and others simply head to the nearest coffee place for a relaxing drink! However, one common denominator is that most of us came to Warwick not knowing anyone, and Freshers was about making friends while trying to find our way around campus. When I came to Warwick, I had no idea what to expect - my parents are artists who did not go to university, and growing up in post-communistic Prague where universities largely stick to their old ways was not particularly inspiring. When I came to Warwick, I just knew that I did not want to miss out on anything and take up all the opportunities my parents never had. I actually did not unpack until Week 2 because I could not stand the thought of doing something so unexciting!

    As exhilarating as Freshers is, however, it’s also overwhelming and sometimes it may also be lonely. Rest assured though that there are plenty of places on campus where you can turn for help - if you are not sure, pop into my office in the SUHQ and I can help you find the support you need or email me at welfare@warwicksu.com ! If Freshers is like a marathon, I was the prime example of how not to do it: by the end of Week 1 I had a broken ankle (I am still a trampolining rookie!), nearly chopped off my finger slicing apples into wedges, and I had severe case of Freshers’ Flu. However, I also missed out on much more by overestimating my abilities - I did not realize that I was tired or hungry, for example, because I was constantly on a wave of adrenaline! When I broke my ankle, that was it - I could not join any sports clubs, could not really go out and I was forced to finally unpack.

    As I said, Freshers is like a marathon - if I were to do it all over again, I would definitely have paced myself. I would have taken some time away from all the activity just for myself, to call my parents or to catch up with my home friends. My parents (who, apart from a short text simply stating: “I’m having the time of my life”) did not know what I was up to for quite a long time!

    Another thing I underestimated was the unpredictable effect of alcohol when you are both physically and mentally exhausted. It does not take a lot to get very drunk. If you want to find out more about this, check out drinkaware.co.uk – and, even if you know your limits well or don’t drink, see warwicksu.com/whatif to check out how to put someone into recovery positions. You could save someone’s life!

    Freshers Fortnight is many things. It is the most chaotic time on campus, but there is no “right” way of going about it. Just take things easy and don’t force yourself into anything you don’t feel like doing. Most importantly though, enjoy the beginning of something great!

    I hope that Freshers week will leave you wanting to immerse in all that University life has to offer. Welcome to Warwick, and may this year be the best you have ever had!

    Bebe

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Bebe's office is on the 2nd floor of SUHQ.

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