As ASB President, Marcos Galvan (’22) has to approve many things. Fortunately, this article is not one of them. You’ve probably seen Marcos running around campus at some point. But where he really goes remains a mystery. Until now. I’ve had the pleasure of being good friends with Marcos since sophomore year. Our friendship has […]
As ASB President, Marcos Galvan (’22) has to approve many things. Fortunately, this article is not one of them.
You’ve probably seen Marcos running around campus at some point. But where he really goes remains a mystery. Until now.
I’ve had the pleasure of being good friends with Marcos since sophomore year. Our friendship has consisted of many late night drives and spontaneous outings…that is if his schedule permits.
“Sorry, I have a meeting.”
“Oh shoot, I have to go to prom planning.”
“I can’t, I have to see the dean.”
“I have to go back to CB later.”
These are all responses I have heard when I try to make plans with Marcos. I just want to grab some Jimboy’s tacos with my best friend, but the man is always busy.
In all honesty, I have always accepted the excuses because I’m sure the responsibilities are beyond my own understanding. Does he have to be at every school event? What does he do in the LSLO? Does he get veto power? As his term nears its end, I decided to find out once and for all.
Even just setting up a time for an interview with Marcos wasn’t easy. Settling for the one day he was available over a two week span, I sat down with Mr. President himself.
The natural leader’s experience in student council goes back to Cal Middle School. After years of the standard, general council, Marcos’ first attempt at a higher position in council was in eighth grade when he ran for class president.
He lost to Ryen Clark (’22). Girl Power.
Coming to CB, Marcos joined freshman council followed by sophomore council. His first taste of ASB was the position of treasurer his junior year. Then, for his last year of student council, Marcos decided to go for the big guns: ASB president.
“It would be a cherry on top for my record of student council experience,” shared Marcos. Being on student council all of high school, he had witnessed the work of past ASB presidents and was eager to take on the challenge. After the efforts of a brilliant campaign manager Kendyl Chin (’22) and the buildup of a complicated and tense election, Marcos’ name was plastered on the Schoology post under “ASB President”. Let’s just say, Marcos was too stunned to speak at the results.
Marcos oversees the councils for each class, works with faculty and students, and represents the student body for various CB-related affairs. He also creates the student council meeting agendas and runs the meetings every week with ASB Vice President Maya Sharma (’22) .
With such a spotlight position, I can only imagine the pressure and stress. “Lock-In was a big event for Maya and I. Being back from COVID and having two classes, there were high expectations,” explained Marcos.
There’s definitely the struggle of trying to please everyone and Marcos emphasizes the need to be able to take the criticism. “I wish people realized I don’t have as much power as they think I do”.
ASB president is not a one man show. I like to think I serve as his #1 fan, but apparently I’m not the only one.
Following the support of God and his motivating mother, Marcos turns to a great advisor who understands firsthand the challenges of student council: Assistant Dean of Student Life Mrs. Cecilia Powers. His support system also extends to past presidents like Bella Barbosa ’21. #fanbehavior
Yet, Marcos is much more than a leader on campus. Outside of CB, Marcos runs a Catechism class for kids wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at his local parish. I can confirm he is as strict of a teacher as he is a president — those chapter tests are no joke. In his free time, you’ll find Marcos at the recreational pool swimming way too many laps, in his yard trying to teach me to play volleyball, or going 85 mph on the freeway blasting Taylor Swift on his way to Raising Canes.
Marcos also travels. Like a lot. I think his absence count is up to 30, at least so far. It’s hard to keep up with where he is every week until I open Find My Friends and see his contact in Omaha or Cincinnati or somewhere else obscure.
It’s no secret that Marcos has a loud personality. He will be the first to combat a teacher’s humor and test the waters with trying to get the class out of a homework assignment. I like to categorize Marcos as the teacher’s pet but for almost every teacher. “I like to be engaged in my education and be a good listener and learner, and I feel like it all starts here,” admitted Marcos as he explained why he puts effort into relationships with his teachers.
That effort also applies to his friendships. “He instantly responds to texts. Junior year, Marcos helped me a lot with AP classes,” shared Bella Navarro (’22), “He is very sure of himself and I admire that”. Marcos is 100% my best tutor in math and in life. He’s always there. #realone
With any government term comes reelection. Marcos offers gratitude to his student council family and the CB community for a great four years. “Don’t be afraid of opposition, be bold. Your effort will be worth it in the end,” he advises upcoming ASB president Maddie McDougall (’23).
With just about a month left of presidency, Marcos looks to continue leadership in the future. Receiving a full-tuition scholarship, membership to the Dean Fellows Leadership Program and medical program at Creighton University, Marcos was set on becoming a Bluejay. #slay
That is until he was admitted to his dream school, University of Notre Dame, leaving Marcos torn between heart and mind. It’s literally straight from a teenage coming of age movie.
But ultimately, Marcos will be taking his talents to Omaha, Nebraska at Creighton University this next school year.
From a Falcon to a Blue Jay, Marcos has entered CB to learn and will no doubt leave to serve.