Meet the Candidates: Cindy Kim

Cindy Kim (’21) is running for the position of President.

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 Vice President?

Throughout the many years I have been involved in Student Council, I believe that I have truly developed as a leader by acquiring necessary traits. Not only have I learned what true leadership is throughout those years, but I have learned how to take on responsibility, how to be communicable, and how important being organized is. I want to use these traits and experiences to serve the school and Student Council. I feel very passionate about the wellbeing of the student community and staff. I know that with great power comes great responsibility, but I am ready and willing to take that responsibility if it means that I can influence the community in a positive way. Please refer to my written introductions for more!

Throughout my campaigning season, I outlined the traits I have that I consider are important for a leader. However, there is one thing that is so much more important than any of those traits. And that is: I just genuinely enjoy being involved in the Student Council. I love serving our school. I love planning for events and hosting events. And I love seeing you guys creating meaningful memories in events that I planned. It means so much to me. At times Student Council can be stressful and time-consuming, but because I love it so much, all of that time and effort is worth it. I have been here at KIS for 12 years now, and it is my second family. I want to be the person that can make your school life more meaningful and more fun.

2. What vision do you have for KIS and how will you accomplish this?

My ultimate vision for KIS is a more connected community. I feel like our school is so divided in many ways, and I want to break down the barriers by giving the student body more opportunities to voice their opinion. Some of my plans include: open up Student Council Feedback Form and change events according to the community’s wants, strengthen communication between teachers and students using an online bulletin board system for every class, and a more lively school atmosphere through interactive spirit weeks and school decorations.

Refer to this document for more details.

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

I think that the greatest challenge that our school and the student body face is the lack of communication. Especially with virtual school, I feel like the divide has become even wider. Different grade levels rarely have a chance to really interact with each other, and teachers and students also have a barrier between them. As a school, it is harder to build a sense of community in an atmosphere like this, and as I said earlier in my vision statement, I want to implement initiatives that can create a more connected community. That way, I believe the school can be more spirited and the sense of caring and love can return.

4. There are a lot of changes happening next year. If the student body has confusions or complaints about such changes, how do you plan to effectively communicate and address these with the students and the admins?

Communication and addressing changes or issues to the students and the admins are an essential role of the Student Council. I plan to do this in three ways. To the student body, I plan to give quarterly updates on what the Student Council has been working on by using social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Schoology. Schoology updates will also help the Student Council communicate with the admins. Informing the parents is very important in our school community as well. As the activities liaison, I have previous experience of attending regular PTO meetings and addressing the parents what the Student Council did recently. I plan to utilize this experience and continue addressing the parent community in this way.

5. What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

Experience is definitely something that you cannot ignore. I have tried hard to improve as a student leader since 3rd grade, and thankfully I think that effort has paid me off in recent years. Another reason I believe I am more qualified than my competitor is that I am responsible. Even small things like meetings to big things like events, I do not treat things that I am responsible for as a joke. Hardworking follows with this trait. Because I feel passionate about things that I am responsible for, it makes it hard not to be hardworking. No matter what it is, I always try my best and give it my all, because I want to return the amount of trust I have received from other people. This year I was able to utilize those qualities of mine to plan the logistics for Patio on Fire, International Day, several pep rallies, and Prom, even though it was canceled. I was also responsible for organizing and running the New Club Applications process this year.

6. What is your secret talent?

I can do a front roll in the middle of the street.

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