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De Castro, Ricaro vie for 2nd Year Batch Rep post

With the vacancy of the Second Year Batch Representative position this second semester, Marjolaine De Castro of 2-C and Kolleen Yvonne Ricaro of 2-A have stepped up to compete for the remaining term of the said office.

Both have campaigned from February 6 to 14 while the election day will be on February 15. Know more about the candidates here.

 

Ricaro:

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1.  What is your general plan of action?  

My general plan of action includes plans for academic support, stronger batch unity, and improved communications and connections. I crafted my platform having in mind the needs of our batch.

2.  Why did you run for the position of 2nd Year Batch Representative?   

In my two years in law school, I became active in extra-curricular activities and organizations that allowed me to work with my batchmates to whom I established a connection and friendship. Not taking these for granted, I thought of serving my batchmates in the best possible way I can. Second year is a crucial part of law school that is why I want to give the #YvonneKlasengSerbisyo to my fellow sophomores.

3. Why did you decide to run as Batch Representative only now in the Special Elections and not during the regular elections last school year?

I did not run during last years regular elections because I honestly did not think about it. And I do not want to commit into something that I know I would not be able to give my 100% to. Whenever I decide to do something, I always go all out for it. Now more than ever, I am certain that I am ready to go all out for my batchmates.

4.  How will your leadership experience help you in your duties and responsibilities should you be elected?

I really do believe that experience is the best teacher. The more you immerse yourself in different engagements inside and outside of law school, the more knowledgeable and skilled you become. My leadership experiences in my organizations in ADMU as well as my consistent immersion in ALS events helped shape me into the person and leader that I am today. These experiences will serve as my guide and will keep me grounded as batch representative. 

5.  Given the limited amount of time you have for your term as Batch Representative, what are your specific plans of action and how feasible are they?   

My specific plans of action ranked in order of priority are:  (1) Thesis Initiative and Internship Manual (2) Systematized scheduling of exams, and (3) The Batch Manifesto and the Batch Petitions. All of which are output-based and can be achieved, together with my batchmates, before the term ends.  

 6.  Given the structure of the student council and rules of the admin, what factors did you consider in coming up with your specific plans of action?   

In coming up with my specific plans of action, I made sure to always cross-check with the Batch Representative duties as specified in the Student Council Constitution. I had three questions in mind. Firstly, what would my batchmates want their batch representative to do for them? Secondly, what do the upperclass wish they had when they were sophomores? And lastly, how can we make it better together? These plans not only aim to make our lives easier, but also help thrust us forward to a more effective and efficient batch – a more united and future-ready batch 2021.  

7.   What do you think is the most pressing issue faced by the second year students and how will you address it? 

At the moment, Internship and Tracking are the most pressing concerns of our batch. We already have to select a track this semester and get ready for internship during the break. When we come back to school, we will have to be ready with preliminary thesis requirements as well.  The decisions we make with regard to these three will definitely dictate the future we want to create for ourselves. With my platform, I want to help our batch in the decision-making process using tools that can help us better and timely prepare for the things to come.

 

De Castro:

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1. What is your general plan of action?

My general plan of action consists of two parts, namely: academic assistance and batch camaraderie. Under academic assistance, my proposed projects are (1) a consolidated database, (2) an internship guidebook; and (3) the achievers’ fund. On the other hand, I also have three proposed projects under batch camaraderie which are (1) the 2021 trademark, (2) batch party sem-ender; and (3) the grievance and suggestion platform.

2. Why did you run for the position of 2nd Year Batch Representative?

I am running because I want to help my batch with their concerns may it be academic or personal matters. More than being a batch representative, I can be their friend who they can always rely on with their needs. Further, I am also eager to share my ideas for the batch especially now that we are about to have our internship. I witnessed the need of our batch to have a voice with regard to current issues in the law school community. 

3. Why did you decide to run as Batch Representative only now in the Special Elections and not during the regular elections last school year?

It was a decision I had to think hard about. I had to prepare myself and make sure that I am fully capable to lead the batch. I felt the need to step up and share my ideas. It is a perfect opportunity to showcase my vision for the batch because now, I am more than willing, ready, and able to serve. The delay in running, if anything, gave me more time to be more certain that this is something that I want to do.

4. How will your leadership experience help you in your duties and responsibilities should you be elected?

I headed several projects way back in college while juggling my academics. As VP Academics in my home organization (Ley La Salle), I learned to value time management and grace under pressure. In law school, I started as a contributor for the legal team of The Palladium and now I am currently part of the Palladium’s Editorial Board as Office and Circulations Manager. It was a good avenue for me to serve the ALS community through contributing in the broadsheets and heading the dissemination of publications. These experiences molded me to be resilient, persevering, and adaptable with situations at hand.

5. Given the limited amount of time you have for your term as Batch Representative, what are your specific plans of action and how feasible are they?

I have six (6) specific plans of action that I aim to accomplish as a 2nd year batch representative, namely: (1) A consolidated batch drive; (2) An internship guidebook; (3) The Achievers’ fund; (4) Batch 2021 Trademark; (5) Batch party sem-ender; and (6) The grievance and suggestion platform.

I crafted these platforms in such a way that I will be able to execute it within the limited time. I considered the relevance and timeliness of the project and the pressing concerns of the batch. Moreover, I did my own research and asked around on how I will be able to execute my projects. I also inquired with our incumbent treasurer whether the Achievers’ Fund can be executed before the end of the semester. There are resources sufficient to support these projects.

My goal is not only to be able to assist them academically and financially, but also to listen to their concerns as students and members of the ALS community.

6. Given the structure of the student council and rules of the admin, what factors did you consider in coming up with your specific plans of action?

I considered the roles and responsibilities of a batch rep provided under the SC Constitution, the limited term, and the feasibility of the projects. I want to ensure that the projects I am proposing are well within the scope of a batch representative, timely, and relevant.

Given that the second year batch representative will be able to serve for only a few months, I wanted to make sure that the projects that I will be doing would not only be relevant and beneficial to the batch, but actually feasible and viable.

7. What do you think is the most pressing issue faced by the second year students and how will you address it?

I think the most pressing issue faced by my batch is the limited time to decide on what track or field of law we are most especially interested in. Also, the fact that most of us are undecided on where we want to have our internship adds pressure considering the limited time.

This issue is what I want to address in my proposed Internship Guidebook. The guidebook will contain the directories of the accredited law firms, the most commonly asked questions during interviews and tips on how to ace it, the do’s and don’ts, and the experiences of the upperclassmen. I want my batchmates to be aware of these things to better decide and prepare for the upcoming internship.

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