Statement of Candidacy
Hi, my name is Ellie Kang. As a fellow freshman, Loyola is just as new to me as it is to you. Nonetheless, I want to be one of your freshman representatives because I believe that the experience could teach me how an official government/organization dealing with critical issues other than “school dances” fully functions. Additionally, coming from a school that was built only four years ago, I was not exposed to the idea of “tradition” that most, if not all, of you learned about. By becoming a member of the USGA, I will be given the opportunity to learn what it means to “uphold standards” since the USGA is involved in many of the student hallmarks Loyola has to offer as we saw with our student body president at convocation. Lastly, the number one reason for all of this is because I want to become a useful “go-to” resource for any questions or worries you may have in your transition into a college student. That being said, if elected, I plan to focus on the following ideas:
- Your Voice: Although this may sound a bit redundant, I cannot stress this idea to its full extent. I will work to think of effective ways to listen and communicate the opinions and ideas you all have because that is what my job as a representative should focus on primarily. From what I have heard so far, many students have suggested that extending the Damen dining hall hours would accommodate students who have classes that go through the evening and give more time to the students who usually eat at later times or just need a late-night snack. Furthermore, suggestion boxes may also be created so that students who have complaints/comments/questions have the option to anonymously communicate them to the USGA.
- Community: I intend on introducing innovative methods to help others in the community while benefiting ourselves as well. For example, visiting K-12 public schools around the university or YMCA centers could be a possible alternative to the community service options currently at Loyola. Not only would the volunteers help children by becoming “Big brother/Big sister” figures similar to our STARS mentors, but they can gain valuable lessons about patience, cooperation, and selflessness. This program would be encouraged to anyone who is willing to share some of his/her time and could be even more useful for those majoring in education, social work, or any major dealing with children.
- Inclusion: Although the seven freshman representatives would love to reach out and ensure that every freshman’s opinions will be heard, realistically speaking, this is a hard goal to maintain or even attain at the very least. So, to make this a bit easier for both the representatives and the freshmen, we could specifically create opportunities for this purpose aside from the student surveys that come every once in a while. For instance, since the student council meets every week, one of the meetings could be dedicated to any students who would like to share their opinions or see what is going on at the meetings. These meetings would facilitate trust between the council and students and allow a much larger number of students to voice their opinions.
By hitting these main ideas, I am determined to make the thoughts and concerns of our freshman class be taken seriously and have a place in our Loyola community no matter how new we are to the campus. We are the future of the next four years and as a potential freshman representative, I am eager to help shape and support all that we have to offer.