“I was raised to get what I want, in a diplomatic manner” – Marvellous

Marvellous Shilongo, a Bachelor of Economics student, took over the reins of Students’ Representative Council (SRC) president earlier this year. The role has been known to be highly controversial, but this year Marvellous came into office with a different approach.

Some have criticised her for not being confrontational, which is common with most youth leaders, but many have also come out in full support of her etiquette.

“I was raised to get what I wanted in the most diplomatic manner possible. It is important to realise that every leader has their own leadership style and this was mine. The NUST Management remain my elders and I had to treat them with respect while getting what I wanted,” she said candidly. “I was not going to lose myself in order to prove the critics wrong. The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet,” she added.

This year, registration fees were lowered, after the SRC approached Management, and Marvellous says this was one of the 2018 SRC’s greatest achievement. “I had an extremely diverse team and it was amazing working with all of them. I firmly believe education is the reason why students come to NUST, therefore it is crucial for us to give each student that opportunity with minimal financial restrictions.”

The SRC also managed to successfully negotiate for students with outstanding fees to sit for exams. The University requires all students to settle their accounts first before sitting for exams, however in special cases this rule can be waivered.

Elections for the next SRC President took place last month and Juno Angula, a Bachelor of Communication student, will succeed Marvellous. When asked to give advice to her successor, Marvellous said: “I encourage him to stick to a leadership style that suits him best and to always put the students first.”

Date: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
for Month: 
November, 2018

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