Submitted by Chandrasekar Muthiah, a junior at Keystone Oaks High School
I like to think of myself as the average high school student; I would rather hang out with friends and play tennis than do schoolwork, would not mind sleeping in every day, and would rather do anything else than mow the lawn. However, I am also a firm believer in making a mark on the world for the better. Throughout my high school career I have put myself in positions where I can make an impact on my school, whether it be as the Junior Class President or Student Senate Vice President. Therefore, it was only natural that when my high school Pprincipal approached me with the opportunity to join my local borough’s council as a junior member, I seized the chance. I was intrigued by the unique task of the position, essentially acting as a bridge between the council, the youth of the community, and the school district. To be entrusted with a responsibility that could affect hundreds of people is very humbling, and a task I look forward to excelling in.
When attending my first Green Tree Borough Council Meeting as the Junior Councilperson, I vividly remember feeling uneasy; being the lone teenager in a room with only adults can be quite unnerving. However, I was quick to find that this anxiety was in vain. The council members were kind and welcoming, helping me ease into the position. The beauty of the junior council member program is that experienced and respected members of the council welcome the suggestions of a teenager with zero prior political experience like myself.
In the past few months that I have been Junior Council Person for Green Tree Borough, I have had opportunities to grace the pages of local newspapers, and have even been asked for an interview. I’m aware that this isn’t Hollywood A-list star publicity, but even this “fame” is new for me; of course, my friends took no time to rag me about this. (Read about Chandrasekar in this article from The Almanac.)
But while the newspapers and interviews are great, it’s the actual meetings that originally attracted me to the position. I sit at a desk with my very own nameplate, listening to the council pass various motions and discuss the happenings of the community. I can honestly say that I do not understand much of these discussions, but my knowledge has increased with each meeting. My contributions to the meetings are reports concerning the activities of the local school district, to which the community has close ties. I always find that I receive positive feedback from the council members who show genuine interest in what I have to say. They offer suggestions to me that I take up with my school’s Student Senate, of which I am vice president. My experience to date in the council has proven to be wonderful, and I am sure this will continue.
Chandrasekar Muthiah is a Junior at Keystone Oaks High School. He will be blogging
occasionally about his experience at a Junior Councilperson for Green Tree Borough.