Meet the Candidates: Juri Nakayama

Juri Nakayama (’23) is running for the position of Community Outreach Liaison.

Blueprint is committed to restoring the issues and vision to the center stage of this election. We’ve reached out to all declared Student Council candidates to hear about their ideas for the next school year. All responses received will be published prior to the start of voting. This post is neither an endorsement nor disapproval of any particular candidate.

1. Why are you running to be the Community Outreach Liaison?

To start off, this position named Community Outreach Liaison to me is a position that I believe a reliable and trustworthy person should be in. This person should be able to openly communicate with not only all students and staff but also parents as well. To this, I thought that I should run for this position to decrease the invisible and minimal but still existing gap between the people in our community of KIS. As an extrovert, I am confident that I can do my best to bring the school even closer throughout the year.

2. If elected, what do you see to be your role in the Student Council?

If I get elected as the position of Community Outreach Liaison, I see myself as a Student Council member who reaches out to our student body and researches about the wants and needs that our people might have about our school. I would be a hands on member who wouldn’t hesitate to lend a hand or spend time to increase the satisfaction that our people have about their experience at KIS. Also, I believe that I would be a reliable and comfortable representative who tries to be a listener for anybody who wants to speak for their wants and needs for a better experience at school.

3. What makes you the best candidate for this position?

When I first learned about what a Community Outreach Liaison does, I thought that a person who loves to get involved to other people’s lives would be the best fit for this position. Although wanting to get involved into other people’s lives may seem like an irritating trait, I strongly propose that this trait is what a trustworthy Community Outreach Liaison should obtain. To that, I am more confident that anyone that I can fulfill the responsibilities of a Community Outreach Liaison to lend a hand to someone even before they ask for any help.

Also, during middle school, I was a member of the Student Council every year, and every year I learned something new about what a true leader needs to be like. 2 years of a grade representative, a year of secretary, and a full year of experiencing the perspective of a student without a leadership position. These four years of learning a lot of things, I realized that I see the best in myself when I am a leader. I see myself who tries to become a person who lives for others and their happiness. This was how I gradually realized that I was a perfect fit for this position, Community Outreach Liaison.

4. In which area do you think our school and the student body face the greatest challenge? How will you work with this challenge?

The greatest challenge that I see in our student body is the hardship in building up a relationship between people that we don’t know much about. We all know that every relationship that we build up in our school teaches us something and improves us as individuals in numerous kinds of way, but the start is always hard. To this, I know that events and activities won’t be able to completely help us overcome this challenge. And I will try my best to deepen our understanding of individuals of our school; which will allow all of us to open up to each other and bond. To provide one potential activity, we can have surveys about students’ interests and wants, and we can start up anonymous conversations between students since knowing each other’s identity in the beginning can restrict them from fully opening up. Then these students who have similar interests can have the chance to learn about each other and if they feel comfortable enough, then they can open up who they really are and become true friends without hiding their identity. I also understand that this would be a hard challenge to work with, but with the help of our student body’s desire to understand each other can allow our whole school to open up and bond with each other even more than now.

5. What’s a secret talent that you have?

My secret talent is that I can spend a short amount of time with someone and observe their habits and movements that they often show and exactly copy them.

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