2012 STUDENT SENATE APPLICATION
Name: Timothy Starr
Position: Junior Class Representative
What activities are/were you involved in at Kettering and in high school?
FRC #503 Programming Team Leader (2008-2010, HS)
Kagle Tutoring (Winter 2012, KET)
Thompson Hall RHA (Summer 2011-Winter 2012, KET)
Thompson Hall RA (Summer 2012)
Delta Chi Recruitment Chair (Winter 2012-Summer 2012)
What is the one trait you want people to know you for?
Being empathetic. I want people to feel that they can come to me and ask me for advice on anything, regardless of the topic. I have found that being friendly and open to questions about me greatly increases amount people confide in me.
What is your favorite quote/saying(s)?
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” – John F. Kennedy, referring to the space race
What do you think can be improved at Kettering and what steps will you take to accomplish this improvement?
I think that, while the atmosphere at Kettering is friendly and open, students may not feel that they contribute much to higher-level changes, including what goes through the Student Senate. As was discussed at the last meeting I visited, the “office hours” put in place for representatives did not receive many visitors, and certainly, as a Kettering student, there was nothing that prompted me to go, or even reminded me about them. I would like to go out TO students, instead of letting them come to me, and asking about the issues that matter to them.
What has been your biggest success and failure? What have you learned from them?
My biggest success has been becoming an RA at Thompson Hall. Despite the increased work load from my responsibilities as an RA, I am happy that I was able to go through all the training necessary last term and be selected from multiple candidates at the end. The chance to meet new people and help them has made my school life more enjoyable. My biggest failure was not doing well at Wayne State, the school I transferred from. I didn’t make many friends, and, looking back, I realize that everyone needs a support system to rely on when the going gets tough.
What is your motivation for wanting to represent the student body via Student Senate?
My motivation for becoming the Junior Representative is two-fold. One, I want to make my fellow students feel that their opinions on school issues matter and are being heard. As I said in the fourth question, I will actively ask students what they think about things the Senate is discussing, and seeing if there is anything else they feel is not being addressed. Two, I want to add my skills and experiences to the Senate. My viewpoint is based on a background of leadership and teamwork that will contribute meaningfully to the Senate’s collective knowledge.