Did you know that the chairman of SSN's board is a student? Reidar Skoglund-Jørgensen has now started his second year as chairman.
He has been re-elected as chairman of SSN, and is now busy with a new board term. Reidar lives in Tjølling and is taking a Master of Business Administration in accounting and auditing at USN.
We have had a chat with Reidar to hear how the last year has been and what he thinks is important going forward.
– The first year has been exciting and very educational. I have gained much more knowledge and insight into everything SSN works with - and it is so much more complex than I had imagined. Concrete and perhaps "simple wishes" from the students must be assessed in a holistic perspective, and we must make choices that also benefit SSN - and thus the students - in the long term. Wishes from the students that can be perceived as relatively "easy" to fulfill must be weighed against what is best for all of the students - both today and in the future.
– It has also surprised me how complex and time-consuming a building process can be and all the bureaucracy that comes with it and how heavy this system can be at times. It really isn't "just building some new housing"!
– You should have one or more subjects that you are passionate about, be able to look up and try to see the big picture and have a little patience - not everything goes as quickly as you would like.
- Housing and housing construction. I am very concerned that changes must be made and arrangements made to make it easier to get started with housing projects, here political work must be done.
- Mental health is also important both now and in the future, especially in light of the SHoT survey. After several years of the pandemic, there are many students who have either not had the best start to student life with upper secondary education at home school, or they have not had the start to student life that they should have had. Many are still injured, and we must accept the consequences. It is great that we have the counselling service and, not least, the investment in health promotion work is very important.
The counselling service, where students are offered free conversation therapy and various free courses run by SSN Health's therapists.
Department for Health Promotion and Prevention - a new department of a team consisting of advisers who work closely with the students on all campuses, as well as welfare hosts in the student accommodation and an adviser for student associations.
- I am also excited about the new strategy. The sustainability pledge that is being made now is something that both the board and I are genuinely concerned about and, in addition, a lot of exciting things are constantly happening on the technology front.
- Yes, I just have to say that I am very proud of the organisation of which I am chairman! I have also seen how the employees have been flexible and positive throughout the pandemic, it is admirable how the employees of SSN have kept going strong.