Anna Apara, 3rd year medical student at the University, has been appointed School of Medicine President for the academic year 2021/2022. Anna is from Toronto, Canada, although having grown up just outside of London. Aside from medicine, Anna is passionate about sport, cooking and Greys Anatomy! She prides herself on being open, friendly, and approachable.
Anna views her role as Student President vital in bridging relationships between students and staff throughout the school and representing the voice of the student body. Alongside chairing the SSCCs, Anna will host numerous faculty-wide events, which she hopes will create networking opportunities and lasting connections not only internally within the School of Medicine but amongst the wider University community. With the transition back to a new normal this academic year, Anna will be onside to lend a helping hand to students and societies navigating the adjustment.
Anna says “I understand that the past academic year has been extremely difficult for many students, and within my role, I strive to do all that I can to support students in the transition back to in-person learning. In my opinion, a student leader is someone who is trustworthy, dependable, and resilient, who listens to the opinions of their peers, in order to make student-centred decisions. At St Andrews, presenting students with leadership opportunities is vital in shaping future graduates and the reputation of the University nationally and internationally”. The leadership team at the School of Medicine, looks forward to working closely with Anna and wishes her the best of luck within the role.