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International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC)

Trushaa Castelino

Candidacy for Vice President

 

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Major:
History

Academic Year:
Class of 2015

Nationality:
Indian

Countries Lived in:
India



ISLC Board positions previously held:

Chairperson of Activities



1.      Why are you interested in this position, and what assets could you bring to the ISLC Board and students in our community?:

I have been involved with the ISLC because I genuinely care about the relationships we build in our community, both with domestic students and amongst ourselves. I would be very, very excited for the opportunity to organize International Fair, and to continue and build its traditions. From previous experience, I’m aware of what our challenges and successes as a board have been. As such, I’m already better equipped to deal with various situations, which allows room to concentrate on developing newer ideas and projects.

As a member of the board, I was flexible and adapted to situations well. This included helping the executive board with the itinerary booklet for International Fair, and making publicity buttons for ISLC’s Peace Day. These are pretty good examples of duties often transcending one’s designated “position” on the board. I was always open-minded with regard to what was expected from me as a board member, and I will apply the same understanding if I am elected onto the executive board.



2.      If selected, what are your goals for ISLC? What would you like to see done?:

The ISLC board has a tremendous amount of potential, and is always made of very interesting, enthusiastic individuals. I think as a board we expect a lot from ourselves, and rightfully so, but our high standards often mean that our hard work is being pushed in directions that are not always consistent with what the community wants or expects. The biggest challenge, and one that I would hope to see fulfilled in the long run, would be to move beyond merely being a CAB (campus activities board) for International students. My more practical goals for the coming year would include: working more closely with the TCK board, better documentation of our work, and identifying what the community wants: be it through surveys or casual snack meetings.



3.      Have you had any leadership experience organizing activities or events? If so, please explain briefly, what it was. Do you have any activities or events that you are interested in doing?:

During high school, I was a part of a community interaction activity at Paud Children’s Home (PCH), where we worked with children (ages 4-15), attempting to raise their self-confidence through creative activities like dancing, singing, art, storytelling, or just simple conversation. PCH made me realize that the easiest way to keep enjoying the process of organizing something is to never forget why we started it in the first place. My freshman year of college, I was Chairperson of Activities for ISLC. I was able to contribute to Iron Chef, Peace Day, and most of all to International Fair, which for me was the most exciting aspect of my job. Last semester I worked at 3CE as a Community Engagement Coordinator. I collaborated with other CECs to plan and implement various on-going, one-time and over-night service programs.



Candidate statement.:

I have always enjoyed learning about and immersing myself in newer, unfamiliar waters. It is how I learn best. I have grown so much through my interactions at my United World College, at Lewis & Clark, and currently at my study abroad program in Italy. Cultural exchange is of great importance to me, and mostly in informal, casual settings.

What I have grown to realize is that these “informal, casual settings” I enjoy so much often need to be supported by more structured organizations. The ISLC has done a good job of showing international students that they are valued, but it has so much more potential. I would like to work with the ISLC board to re-evaluate the ways in which we can better fill the “needs” of International and TCK students (four year, visiting, exchange, AES) so that we can make better use of the time, guidance, and resources available to us.