My name is Allison Lui. I’m a sophomore at Lynbrook High School, a water polo fanatic, and someone who treasures genuine connection.
What does that mean? At the base level, it means being a real person and getting to know all of a person. I’m not just here for your votes (although I would appreciate it if you did end up voting for me), but I want to know who you are as people. I want to learn about who I’m going to school with every day, their needs and desires. Because without knowing about every niche students who I hope to serve, there’s no way I can figure out how to do the best I can for the school.
On a higher level, here’s what that means for me as someone like me who’s running for office. Any promise that I do end up making below, I will try the best of my ability to make it come true. That’s a basic part of “genuine connection.”
You can’t have a connection with someone without being able to trust them.
Too often in past years (I’ve seen this in person and I talked to my brother Nick about this), candidates make promises that they can’t keep. Now I know that there are some promises that you can’t keep that you make before you enter office because of lack of feasibility and awareness.
But more often than not, candidates don’t keep promises because once they enter office, it doesn’t matter to them anymore.
To me, that’s not acceptable at all. As a candidate and as someone who worked in class office before, I can say with the utmost certainty that if keeping your campaign promises should be the number one priority of elected officials. That’s on top of the responsibilities you were elected to do.
If a candidate can’t keep a promise for any reason, it’s in their responsibility to do one of two things:
- Explain to the people they’re trying to serve why they can’t do it or
- Keep trying.
That being said, the above is just my philosophy. Why should you trust that anything I’m saying is genuine? For all you know, this might just be a ploy to get your vote. How do you know that I’ll follow through with what I say I will? Without further ado, here are…
I read in Adhiv Dhar’s ASB Vice president campaign last year, and a few things he said really stuck with me(great guy, by the way. Shoutout to him for saying a lot of things that made a lot of sense).
Experience isn’t defined solely by your position.
People often believe that listing out the number of years or officer positions they hold is enough to establish credibility.
That is so incredibly true. Some candidates have been doing leadership for so long that people naturally assume that they’re competent at what they’re doing. And sometimes they are! But for the most part, leadership is something you have to prove over and over through constant concentration and deliberation. I used to think that leadership was a responsibility thrust upon you by an outside force, but really, real leadership is intrinsically motivating yourself.
My experiences in the traditional Lynbrook/ Miller setting were not very extensive. There’s no use in hiding that I was not a part of class office until this year, where I served as sophomore class treasurer.
What I did pick up though in my other activities were so high quality that I have had no regrets about how I chose to distribute my time over the last three years.
Class office taught me the importance of being able to be someone who persevered through the darkest of nights to make sure our decorations went well, to keep my end of the bargain. It was an opportunity for me to show what my word and my love for this school meant to me. It reinforced one thing that I’ve learned from middle school- if you do things in excellence, the results will take care of themselves.
“If you do things in excellence, the results will take care of themselves.”
I’ve learned the importance of working in group settings in middle school choir. Through this experience, I’ve learned two VERY important lessons from this experience:
- You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Oftentimes, it’s hard to slow down when only one person is having an issue with a section of music. The desire to move forward at a faster rate is overwhelming sometimes. However, in a leadership class who holds pride in being “a family,” it’s more important than ever to build strong links and to support people who need a bit of extra help. Too often, especially at Lynbrook, I feel there’s a culture of getting things done at any cost. My goal is to shift the focus and invest in our best resource on campus: The students.
- There is no substitute to working your a** off. No amount of planning, procrastinating, and “discussion” can substitute for actually sitting and working out a few notes with your section. The value of spending a few solid hours getting work done is so important and so often overlooked.
While the me back in middle school probably would have been shocked to realize my obsession with developing school culture, I can safely say that the values above are values that I’ve held dearly consistently through the last few years. The values are perseverance and support are values I strive to bring to Lynbrook High School next year.
You’re probably thinking by now, “Allison, that’s great and all, but what concrete changes do you plan to bring to Lynbrook next year?”
I’m glad you asked!
FIRSTLY, I’ve realized one thing from working closely with the leadership class: the leadership class has a ton on their plates. Whether it’s putting on dances, sporting events, or student input campaigns, there’s a plethora of things that the leadership class has. I have a TON of respect for the things they have to get through to make sure that the student body has an enjoyable experience.
One day, a form was brought to our third period classes asking us if we wanted to have a Sadies-Hawkins Dance. This was so exciting for me and my friends because according to numerous upperclassmen, this was an event that hasn’t happened in four years. In perspective, the last Sadies happened when my big brother Nick, a current senior, was in 8th grade. Everyone was hyped as word spread around school.
Without open channels of communication between the student body, students cannot find the opportunity to share what we need from the ASB class, and it is only through actively looking for ways to communicate with the student body that we can fix the things pertinent to them including: food in the cafeteria’s, bathroom renovations, checking out textbooks from the library, and other small niceties that would make the school better.
My ultimate goal is to foster a culture where the channels between ASB and the student body voice is not only listened to, but also taken into account when making big events that might affect them.
SECONDLY, school spirit and morale is alarmingly low. Yes, I know we have the best Homecoming and rally culture in this area. Yes, I know we have and outpour of people coming out to rally setup and to Powderpuff. When’s the last time you’ve heard someone say that they were proud to be a part of Lynbrook? We’re inherently competitive when it comes to class events, and my goal for our school is for us to shift our culture to have passion in school events. I plan to raise morale by bringing back events that boosts school pride. Whether it’s an inter-school Fantastics between Monta Vista, Cupertino, and Lynbrook, or just a gathering of our school to celebrate who we are as Lynbrook Vikings.
As a school that highlights upon competition and survival of the fittest, it is imperative that we treasure unity, as a viking family, as individual classes, and as a school.