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Candidate for the position of Biochemistry Society - Academic Officer

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Kanna Kodama

Running the greatest of all STEM (lol) <3

Hi, my name is Kanna and I’m currently a 2nd year biochemistry student. I’ve been part of the biochemistry society since my first year at King’s. It has brought me nothing but happy memories and the best of times and so, I would love nothing more than to run for academic officer and be part of the 2022/23 committee.

My biggest involvement in the society so far would have to be through The Biochemist’s Print, the society's magazine and newsletter on all things biochemistry. I had the privilege of co-founding this new addition to the society at the end of my 1st year and holding the position of co-director this year with Ines Hui (running for president), who I hope to team up in the future with also. As co-director, I oversaw and was responsible for the smooth running of the magazine, from ensuring that articles were written and deadlines were met, to promoting and publishing the magazine itself. Through holding this position, I’ve learnt the valuable skill of effective leadership and the importance of teamwork and communication, as well as organisation. I’ve gained so much experience from holding this position and I believe that these skills will help me greatly in the role of academic officer.

I was also a 2nd year biochemistry student rep this year. By being a student rep, I was able to voice student concerns and make positive changes. I was able to communicate directly with leading faculty members and other biochemistry students from different year groups. I believe that the connections that I have made throughout my time as student rep would contribute positively to the role of academic officer, especially when organising events and recruiting academic speakers. As a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) leader this year, I was able to interact with bioscience students from all year groups. I believe that the connections I made here would help in obtaining feedback and requests, in order to plan events which are built directly upon student needs.

If I were given the opportunity to be the academic officer for the next academic year, I would plan a variety of events which ranges from university-oriented events such as those based on exam/coursework and postgraduate study options, to more career oriented events. The career options available for science students, especially biochemistry students, are endless. It can definitely be confusing and overwhelming. To help with this, I plan to hold events where speakers from both outside King’s and within, would be invited to talk about and give us a greater insight into things such as internships, a career in research, possible careers outside of research and so on. I plan to host interactive events where people can ask questions and interact directly with the speakers, to get the most out of the opportunity. I would also like to make things such as advice on CV/cover letters more widely available.  Outside of academic events, I hope to help host events with the committee as successful as the ones I had the pleasure of attending this year from pub crawls, boat parties and balls, with many more amazing additions such as collabs with different societies and inter uni events.

The biochemistry society has contributed massively to my university experience so far and I would love nothing more than to be part of its committee as academic officer. The friends that I’ve made through the society are lifelong. This year's committee as well as past committees have done a great job organising events to create an amazing community of people. As part of the next committee, I hope to uphold the same sense of community and the value of friendship within the society. I hope to create an environment where everyone is comfortable and where amazing new friendships can start. I plan to bring positive energy and enthusiasm to the role of academic offer if given the chance. It would be an amazing opportunity and it would mean the world to me to be voted in as the next academic officer of the society.