Prateek Kaushik: ASB Social Manager
EE: What is the general description for your position?
PK: To be honest, within Leadership on executive Council, we all work pretty closely with one another on all tasks, but I guess technically my job would be to promote social events on campus and try to reach out to as many students as I can.
EE: What does your typical work day look like?
PK: I realized that my work outside the classroom doesn’t really feel like work because socializing is what I enjoy doing. And meeting new people — I don’t want to say the hobby of mine — but I feel like talking to random people at school and finding out their name just so I can say ‘Hi’ to them, pass by, give them a familiar face. That’s usually technically my job outside, apart from holding events. Inside Leadership, it’s definitely very reliant on what events we have planned at that time period. Like for example right now, our main focus on Homecoming. So we’re like, we’re listing out or brainstorming rally games, spirit weeks, where the rally’s going to be, where the dance is going to be — everything. But later on in the year, we could be brainstorming something like a ‘bring your own banana to school day for ice cream.’
EE: What made you want to become ASB Social Manager?
PK: That story actually starts way back in the middle school when I moved from India. I was socializing and I just really wanted to get to know people, especially since I didn’t have many friends as soon as I came back. I didn’t run in eighth grade to be class officer in ninth grade, but [in] ninth grade when I saw what they did and I saw what Leadership did, I realized that I really enjoy trying to cultivate other people to me. — not only myself meeting other people, but also other people to make school a better place than what it is. Especially the culture at this school. I feel like we really need to step away from that because it’s just a false perception that people have, which is really just unnecessary stress that isn’t gonna affect them later on. So, after I was in Leadership, sophomore year I was a commissioner, and then junior year [I was] IDC Representative. I already had one year in IDC talking with other districts and focusing on Monta Vista, how it plays into the whole district. I realized next year I’d rather focus just on Monta Vista, especially being senior year and all, I’d rather have a closer to school experience or like a closer to home experience. That’s why I chose to run for Social Manager.
EE: What does ASB mean to you?
PK: To be honest, there’s a reason I ran for Leadership and it’s like everything I listed before and as I said earlier. The biggest reason is just so people don’t even need to know who’s in charge of it in my opinion, but as long as like their day or months [...] just have like an overall good vibe going. Like they don’t even need to know who set it up for them. My biggest focus is just taking away from the stress at Monta Vista and like away from the culture that academics are everything and focus more on like their daily, healthy well-being.
EE: What is your main goal for this year as the ASB Social Manager?
PK: I want to first develop our Leadership family together so we can all work best with one another. Once that’s set up for the school year, I definitely want to stray away from traditional events and start trying to brainstorm new events for that might cater to different types of people; it’s not like excluding the people that were catered to before, but rather just adding more on. And those can become traditional events, especially like slow times of the year, [during] winter and stuff.