Name: Jorge E. Horcasitas
My fellow students, my name is Jorge E. Horcasitas, a senior one Computer Engineering student here at Kettering and I am running for Kettering Student Government President. I would like to run for this opportunity to give back to the student body. It is because of the students here that I have become involved in activities, clubs, and organizations on campus — in contrast to my high school career. My peers have encouraged me and supported me in all the endeavors I have been active in while at Kettering. Therefore, I feel that an opportunity to give back such as this is one that shouldn’t be missed. An opportunity where quality of work, effort, active listening, and speaking honestly are required to effectively promote our students’ interests.
- What activities are/were you involved in at Kettering and in high school? (list academic year, as well as any positions you may have held in any organization)
- COMPASS Crew 2010 – Present
- Campus Tour Guide 2010 – Present
- Orientation Class Student Instructor 2011 – Present
- LEADERS Fellow 2012 – Present
- Kettering University Robotics Team 2012 – Present
- Software Lead/Project Manager 2012 – Present
- Kagle Leadership Initiatives Tutor 2012 – Present
- Beta Theta Pi Fraternity 2010 – Present
- President 2012 – Present
- Recruitment chairman 2011
- Technology chairman 2011
- University relations 2010
- Eta Kappa Nu (ECE Honor Society) 2012 – Present
- Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honor Society) 2011 – Present
- 12+ hours of community service per school term
- WKUF-LP Student Radio Station 2010 – 2012
- Public relations/business manager 2010 – 2012
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 2010 – 2011
- Scholarship chair 2010
- What is the one trait you want people to know you for?
I want people to know that I am dependable: reliable and trustworthy. Someone that not only follows through on his commitments, but also gives them the quality of work and effort they deserve. This is a trait I feel applies not only to jobs and responsibilities but also in my relationships with others.
- What is your favorite quote/saying(s)?
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is what others think you are.”
- What do you think can be improved at Kettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?
I feel much of the “campus life” happens outside of Kettering’s campus and the lunch hour. I think the amount of student-student interaction outside class on campus could be improved and increased. Honestly, it isn’t so much what I feel needs to be improved at Kettering that is important, but rather, what the student body and Student Senate feel should be pursued as an avenue for improvement that matters. More importantly is the way these ideas and decisions are made. To me, it is important to make sure all parties that a decision or idea affects are able to contribute in order to produce the best result.
- What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?
My biggest failure: giving up on an organization freshman year. This failure was a turning point for me; I regret not taking a proactive approach and contributing to improve what I didn’t like. I learned that it is never right to give up without an honest effort to improve something—campus organization, schoolwork, or relationships—all the same. My biggest success: helping my fraternity recruit the largest pledge class since our re-colonization. This experience taught me organization and planning skills, how to generate buy-in, and the importance of managing motivation.
- What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?
When I think about it, Student Senate, and KSG in general, is perhaps one of the best opportunities to give back to the student body and Kettering University as an undergraduate. It is because of the students here that I have become involved in activities, clubs, and organizations on campus — in contrast to my high school career. My peers have encouraged me and supported me in all the endeavors I have been active in while at Kettering. Thus, it is time for me to take an active role in promoting the student body’s interests.