Hello, Macaulay John Jay Class of 2025! My name is Katherine Grivkov and I am running to be your Macaulay Scholars Council Representative.
In high school, I was a very active member of my school community. Ever since I was nine years old, I have been playing the alto saxophone. In my school, I was a part of the Concert, Symphonic, and Marching Bands and performed at all school concerts and community parades in NYC. Being a part of these groups instilled within me discipline and determination, but also showed me the value of being a collaborative team player. Music, combined with my academic pursuits, helped me become a multifaceted member of the diverse community I call home. Starting my sophomore year of high school, I was a part of my school’s Leadership Team in which I contributed to the organization of various events that built our school spirit and community. Before our school went remote, I served as one of the approximately 40 members who planned events such as dances, blood drives, theme days, and numerous other community-building activities for the student body. Some of my responsibilities included fundraising, ticket sales, brainstorming ideas for virtual events, and setting the overall school tone. I am very familiar with the extensive work that takes place when collaborating with school administration to facilitate student life events. Additionally, I was the Chief Financial Officer of my school’s National Honor Society chapter. Working with the President, Vice President, and NHS Advisor, I compiled two extensive handbooks that provided NHS members—and the entire school—with over 60 different internship opportunities in 15 categories for both the Fall and Spring semesters. I wanted the NHS to help freshmen and sophomores broaden their professional experiences and get them on the right track for career planning and college. I take immense pride in being involved in any community that I am a part of, and I will go above and beyond for my fellow Macaulay John Jay peers.
Outside of school, I was a part of the New York City Department of Education Borough Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and the New Visions for Public Schools Student Advisory Network (NVSAN). In BSAC, I was a part of the Executive Leadership Board and was chosen to work closely with district leaders to explore and improve the policies and practices that impact the lives of young students. Being a part of this student organization allowed me to focus on leadership skill-building, sharing the needs of student councils, exploring the NYC DOE landscape, learning about current issues in NYC public education, helping to develop a citywide student voice agenda, meeting with key NYC DOE officials, and advocating for student priorities. In NVSAN, I was involved in the “Postsecondary Planning and Belonging” group and worked to assess the factors in school climate and culture that contribute to postsecondary success. I created surveys, sent them out to different high schools, and analyzed the resulting data. I will take the lessons I learned from BSAC and NVSAN and apply them to my advocacy as a Macaulay Scholars Council Representative for the John Jay Class of 2025.
WHY I AM RUNNING:
I am running for Macaulay Scholars Council because I want to represent the John Jay Class of 2025 in our student government and bridge the gap between students and school administration. I am extremely passionate about educational advocacy, reform, and justice, and being a part of the Macaulay Scholars Council will allow me to fight for educational equity and opportunity for ALL members of our Macaulay John Jay cohort. The reason I chose to come to Macaulay John Jay was because of the unique duality of this program. I valued the opportunity to be part of a tight-knit honors community but I also knew that I wanted my home campus to reflect my values and represent the type of person I am. As John Jay students we are fierce advocates for justice! Just like our mission statement says, I want to fight for justice in all areas of our lives as students. I will not shy away from talking about important issues and representing you to the best of my ability. I am a very open and outgoing person––I want you to know that I will be here for all of your concerns and will make sure to provide you with all the information needed to stay up to date about Macaulay student life. If given the opportunity to do so, I know that I will make your college experience as amazing as possible!
I am an English and Political Science major at Macaulay John Jay. When I graduate, I plan to pursue another degree and enter the fields of education, politics, public policy, or journalism/media. I love fashion, cooking, reading, playing in bands, and exploring NYC. I am a major foodie and love all different types of cuisine. I can’t wait to get to know you all more and build lifelong friendships!
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and consider me for this position. I hope I will get your vote in this election and look forward to representing you if elected as the Macaulay Scholars Council John Jay Class of 2025 Representative. Vote for Katherine Grivkov! All the best to everyone as we embark on our first semester of college.