Kara Angan, an AB Political Science student at the Ateneo de Manila University, is the school’s very first freshman student council president.
As a freshman, her lack of experience was a point of contention, but the openly gay Angan said that she had always had a passion for student leadership, which inevitably led her to Sanggunian, or “Sanggu”, as it is called by the student body.
Data based on Ateneo’s official publication, the Guidon, which dates back to 2003, shows that all former student council presidents began their terms in their junior or senior year, making Angan’s achievement all the more impressive.
Asked what contributed to Angan’s decision to run, she said: “I don’t think any freshman in their right mind would run for president. But I’ve always known that I would be engaging with Sanggu in one way or another, [and] I’ve always been outspoken about how I feel about Sanggu and its direction.”
In spite of having occupied multiple leadership positions before college, the Loyola Schools community was skeptical of her.
Her platform, consisting of three objectives—student representation, public participation and two-way communication—has yet to be fully fleshed out but Angan is confident that “everything else follows” as long as the council has a “deeper grasp of these foundational pillars of student governance.”
Outgoing Sanggu president, Jb Bejarin—who ran for vice president in his freshman year—believes that Angan’s work ethic and values will serve her well. In the meantime, a smooth transition from incumbent to incoming officers is being implemented in preparation for her term, which starts on June 5.