After an eventful election period for the Marianopolis Student Union back in the spring, here were your picks for President and Vice-President for the 2016-2017 school year at the Marianopolis: Anthony Koch and Diana Di lorio!
Our team decided to contact your elected candidates in order to get more information on them, and for all Marianopolis students to be able to get to know the heads of this year’s Congress.
We asked both Anthony Koch and Diana Di lorio a series of questions, and here were their answers:
What are some hobbies or interests that you have outside of extracurriculars and school?
A: “Some of my interest include boating, water sports, politics and economics. I’m also a huge NBA and NHL fan, and I love classic rock!”
D: “I really like to dance, it’s something that I’ve had the chance to do in the past, but have unfortunately been to busy to do in more recent years. I also play the alto sax, and it’s really fun. I searched for so long to find myself an instrument, as my whole family plays music. And then I found the sax and my parents got me one, and I fell in love!”
What has been your proudest accomplishment within the past few years (personal or professional)?
A: “Being the youngest person in history to ever be recruited to the Conservative Party of Canada internship program as well as being selected among the recruited interns to be one of 2 to work in policy development for the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition (Rona Ambrose).”
D: “I was really happy when I got a scholarship to Mari. That was something that I had really been pushing myself for since my 4th year in high school. I really really wanted it, so you can imagine how satisfied I felt when I did. And even at the beginning of school, it was a huge adjustment and things went kind of shaky for me. But I managed to get into the groove and balance fun and school to get grades that I’m now really happy with. It’s not perfect but I’m proud that I’ve managed to do that.”
What has been the most significant change in your life since the election results came out?
A: “Life has gotten a lot more busy. I learned what it was like to live on my own, and I know what it’s like to work full time and go to the office in a suit every day. But mostly, really, my life went from being insanely busy to being 500 times more insanely busy with things like the leadership race for the CPC, Congress, general political stuff, entrepreneurship, etc.”
D: “Because we’re changing a lot this semester, it’s been very different to adapt. We’re always thinking about what to do next, and notifications pop up all the time on all of our phones, as well as meetings here and there. It’s been a lot of keeping up to date and adapting to more professional aspects of Congress. It’s different but it’s refreshing.”
If you had to give any piece of advice to first years, what would you tell them?
A: “School is important and so are your grades, but the best lessons you’ll ever learn will never come from inside a classroom. Live life, have fun, meet as many people as you can and never forget that the best way to learn is by doing. But most of all, never say no to an opportunity. Even if you don’t know whether or not you can do it, say yes.”
D: “I would strongly advise them to not sweat the small stuff. It’s easy to get carried away stressing over the small things, but those often turn out to not be as important as you may think. College is two years, during which you meet interesting and amazing people, and you should take advantage of that, while still taking care of your school work.”
There you have it, students: a look into your elected President and Vice-President.
Written by MWR Executive Editor, Véronique Leblanc