Statement of Candidacy
Hi there fellow Ramblers! My name is Jax Mendez and I’m running for USGA Freshman Representative. I live on the seventh floor of Regis along with my friends in the Service and Faith Learning Community. I was born and raised in Chicago, attended a Jesuit high school and I’m so excited to be a part of the Loyola community! A little about my values:
Leadership: I have been shaped greatly by many of my prior leadership positions. During high school, I worked diligently on student council as a representative, planning school dances, pep rallies, blood drives, dress drives and interacting with school administration and the neighboring Chicago community. This past summer I developed many proficiency skills while working as the assistant for a personal injury attorney. During my senior year of high school I became an Arrupe mentor to the incoming freshman at my high school. In the past, I have served as a member of the Diocesan Youth Council for the Gary diocese, became a part of the Peacebuilders' Initiative by raising awareness of immigration issues and hosting informational Teach- Ins, and served as a Eucharistic Minister for both my high school and parish.
Service: I’m all about it! This last year I worked with some of the cutest and funniest kids from Easter Seals Autism School, located just a few blocks west of downtown. In the past year I also went on a service trip to Mississippi, served as a volunteer intern for an immigration law firm, and volunteered at the local soup kitchen.
Faith: I’m a strong believer that faith and service go hand and hand. I strive to leave people better than when I found them, seek God in all things, and serve for His greater glory. I have led a four-day retreat called Kairos three times along with many other retreats. I am part of the Catholic community but I have also held a position on the executive board of ISEED (Ignatians Serving to Experience & Embrace Diversity) of my high school and have participated in several inter- faith dinners
School Spirit: I love supporting my school in any way I can, whether it be cheering on the sidelines or competing on the mat for the Saint Ignatius Co-Ed cheer team, writing for the school newspaper or cheering on the Ramblers as part of the Rambler Rowdies. It's about building community and making connections that will last a lifetime.
If elected, I will strive to be a passionate advocate for justice, equality and fairness while working to represent the voice of the student body.