Today I went onto the Student's Union website and saw that a survey has been produced for international students, asking them what they think about the resources available to them by the SU. Although I am not trully an international student, I filled in the survey.
A few days ago, in one of our lectures, someone from the elections committee in the Student's Union announced that they were looking for more representation from female international students. I thought it could be an interesting thing to do…
BUT, the problem is: I am not an international student, well, kind of. I am a home student, well, not really. My problem is that I am an EU student.
For those of you that don´t know the implications of this, it means that although I pay the same university fees than all the British people here (which is really great!) I am not treated as an equal to the British in anything else. I have difficulties opening a bank account, no one wants to give me a mobile and I have to pay extortionate amounts of money if I get an overdraft.
This does not mean that I am treated like an international student either. I get no campus accommodation during my final year, I am offered no orientation week, or have a real say in international students affairs (which means that although I took the survey, it will probably get discarded).
Thus, my problem is that I am an EU student: I don´t properly fit into any University/Student's Union/bureaucratic category and am completely unrepresented.
There are quite a lot of us around, so why do they always forget us?