Take a break with Zahra Shahsavari

Zahra Shahsavari in a cap and gown and red dress at a graduation ceremony
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Join us as we sit down with members of the Ravensbourne community to hear about what they're up to, what they enjoy doing in their free time, and - most importantly - what is their favourite break-time snack?

Hello! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Ravensbourne.

“Hi, my name is Zahra Shahsavari and I'm the Students' Union President for 2021/23 – soon to be the Student Recruitment Enquiries Administrator!”

It’s time for a coffee break! What’s your go-to drink or snack?

“My go-to drink would have to be the Peach Iced Tea with Strawberry Puree from Starbucks! It's the perfect summer drink and so refreshing.”

It's International Women's Day today (8 March) - what makes you proud about being a woman?

"To me I’m proud everyday to be a woman and to use my voice to help people. I’ve grown up around powerful women such as my mum, nana, and my amazing family of women in Iran. They inspire me everyday to fight for what is right and the freedom and liberation of women."

How did you get to where you are now?

“I grew up and spent the first 18 years of my life in the North-West and Blackpool. I've always loved being creative, so when I had the opportunity to interview and be offered a place at Ravensbourne, I knew I had to make the important move to London.

“Since moving here, I studied on the Digital Film Production course and was able to run for SU President and successfully win the elections two years in row. I've learnt a lot over the past few years on how to work in a professional environment, be a confident public speaker, and to always be that support system for those who need it.”

What is your proudest accomplishment?

“My proudest accomplishment would have to be having the incredible experience of speaking at two graduation ceremonies on behalf of the graduating students. I feel so proud to have been able to celebrate their hard work and achievements on such a special, unforgettable day.”

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

“My biggest piece of advice I would give to my younger self would be to JUST DO IT – don't overthink and don't have self-doubt. You are capable of so much more than you realise and there are so many amazing and supportive people you will meet along the way that will inspire and motivate you to keep pushing harder.

“All the pain and hard work will be worth it and only help make you a stronger person. Make sure to put yourself as a priority and a taking a well-deserved rest is just as important as being productive.”

What are you most looking forward to right now?

“I am really looking forward to celebrating Iranian New Year on Monday 20 March with all the students. It's a big part of my culture and upbringing, so I can't wait to share this with everyone. There will be a display on Level 4 that's open to everyone to learn from and I'll also be giving out some goodies on the day too!”

Quickfire questions!

I can't stop listening to... MONEY ON THE DASH by Elley Duhé and Whetan

A book I recently loved is... The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

My favourite video game is… a tie between The Sims 4 and Animal Crossing New Horizons

My guilty pleasure is... a healthy portion of Lurpack and M&S Cranberry & Roasted Pecan Bread - definitely overpriced, but so worth it on days you feel like treating yourself!