It’s all about LOVE! (and a lil about me)

Yep, that’s me.


I hope I caught your attention with my oh-so-catchy title!

The name’s Santhana Gopalakrishnan, I’ll spare you my full name as it should not see the virtual sunlight. I am currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Politics. Originally from a beautiful country called Malaysia, where everything is perfect, and ice cream is less than 20p a cone. I am the International Students’ Committee’s Southeast Asia Representative for the year 2014-15.

I’ve always been more of a talker than a writer, therefore writing this is definitely hard. But hey, it’s good to practise what you’re not good at, no? :)

Well that’s enough about me, let me tell you about my exciting portfolio!

It is…

LGBT: Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender


Why did I choose this portfolio?


The Platinum Rule*. The easiest way to live is to appreciate. We’re humans, everyone deserves to be treated right. A universal and obvious idea.

In which world does pain caused by discrimination upon same-sex couples unacceptable? Happiness is easy to achieve. Love is beautiful, love knows no colour, gender, age etc.

“We are the makers of manners”- Shakespeare’s Henry V.thumb

We make the society, we make the rules, we make the culture. In fact, we are culture. We possess the many ways to change what people think and act, just by standing together, changing the norm. We need to face the society, and confront the world against inequality. We need to raise awareness, to express what is at risk, to contribute our social and intellectual capital to this cause.

Note that I used the word ‘WE’ just too many times.

Because that is what I need. You. I can’t do this alone. The LGBT committee, together with the International Students Committee, has an amazing plan.

We need YOU to help us with an idea that we have. A Pride-inspired Carnival-themed Music Festival!

We need all the help we can get, and we need your support.


Let’s change history. It starts in Sheffield.

Contact details are in the About Us section.



Love, Santhana.

Post inspired by Hudson Taylor.

Who are the Reps? – 2014

The representative committee of the ISC consists of 8 representatives and the inclusions and welfare officer. The representatives each represents and supports students from a different region of the world, so if you are facing any difficulties please do contact your regional representative and they will do their best to help. Representatives also liaise with the national societies within their respective region when it comes to ISC events and supports these societies with their events and to utilise the resources on offer in the Students’ Union.

 In addition to this, each representative will be in charge of a portfolio which focuses on a different group of international students or an key issues international students face. These portfolios are Women, Mature, Post Graduate and Part-Time Students, LGBT students and Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students, Sports and Education. During the course of the year each representative will organize a campaign with the support of the Campaigns and Inclusions officer and the Welfare Committee.
The representative committee is comprised of

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.14.33 African Representative:Ammaarah Sachedina
Ammaarah represents all African students and societies will be in charge of the Sheffield International College and English Language Teaching Centre students portfolio.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.07European Representative: Ana Gabriela Popa
Ana represents all European students and societies and will be in charge of Disabled and Dyslexic students portfolio.


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.01.50Middle Eastern Representative: Alaa Al Sairafi
Alaa will represent all students and societies from the Middle East and will be in charge of the Women’s portfolio.


Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 02.12.00East Asian Representative: Xiaoke Xu
Xiaoke represents all East Asian students and societies and will be in charge of the Sports portfolio.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.03South East Asian Representative: Santhana Gopalakrishnan
Santhana represents students and societies from South East Asia and will be in charge of the LGBT portfolio.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.10.12South Asian Representative: Ishita Ranasinghe
Ishita represents students and societies from South Asia and will also serve as the Cultural National Societies Liaison for Societies committee and will works to support and represent national societies.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 07.09.38Campaigns and Inclusions officer: Devarshi Shukla
Devarshi will support the campaigns mentioned and will also chair the Welfare sub-committee of the ISC.

The representative committee will also include a Home Rep and an Americas rep who will be elected at the upcoming EGM.

To contact your regional representative or if you’re  interested in getting involved in the campaigns please do email them.