I am running for office because I want to be more involved in the CCSF community and make changes that benefit the community. A bit about myself; I was born in China but immigrated to the United States at the age of four. My father raised me as a single parent which influenced me to value hard work and academics. I have a friendly and outgoing personality which allows me to empathize with my fellow peers and seem approachable. I love when other students trust me with their questions and concerns, and I do my best to help them. Some skills I can bring to the student council is good time management and communication. This semester, I challenged myself by balancing 18 units, numerous student council meetings, and a part time job. These experiences show my motivation and commitment to effort in order to improve myself. I see it as my responsibility to take the initiative to help those who are struggling or need support. Student representation is an important issue to me, especially when San Francisco is such a diverse place. I believe everyone has a voice that could contribute to building a more inclusive environment. This particular issue could be solved by raising awareness of the variety of support programs that exist in CCSF. Many students are not aware of these programs that provide a safe and inclusive space for all groups of people. I would increase the effectiveness of events and programs that help spread this information to all students.
Along with my skills, I have experience in leading others. In high school, I participated in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps program. Through this program, I have been in many different roles which developed my leadership and team building skills. In one role, I taught lessons on leadership, self-growth, and finance to my fellow classmates. From these positions, I was able to guide and help my peers grow as a leader and a student.
This semester, I am participating in the student government as a senator. The committees I participate in include: Finance, Public Relations, Multicultural Affairs, Resource Centers and Programs United Committee. The meetings are time-consuming but very rewarding. As a senator, I helped allocate bond money provided by the city to improve student union facilities. As a council, we discuss how it may affect students and ways to maximize student benefits. One of the more memorable changes I supported was increasing the microwaves near the City Cafe to shorten long wait times, installing charging stations due to high demand, and replacing the window blinds for clubs or resource centers to show presentations more clearly. Despite the suspension of in-person services at CCSF, we continue our council duties via Zoom. We do our best to adapt with the situation by handing out COVID-19 gift cards to students suffering financial hardships due to the virus. Additionally, the council is trying to provide students with rental laptops if they are unable to access their classes remotely independently. My goal as a council member is to support my fellow college students and help make CCSF worth attending despite what unexpected situations we may face. I hope to continue working towards this goal next semester.