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Krivka reflects on challenges of being SGA president during a pandemic

Mak Krivka, SGA president, works long hours outside of his schoolwork to help make this a positive year for the entire student body. Photo by By Jonathan Howell)

Being Student Body President of Gonzaga is no easy task that’s why the entire student body entrusted our school to Mak Krivka, senior. Krivka was elected in May of 2020, as the world was wrapping up one of the most complicated school years in history.  

Summer vacation only made Krivka’s job that much more difficult. Shortly after Krivka was elected, George Floyd was murdered, and the Black Lives Matter movement started its campaign. Krivka needed to bring together the Gonzaga community without leading to anything political that would divide our community. The statement released shortly after the event showed us that Krivka could handle the pressure, and was the man for the job. This is something no other Gonzaga SGA President has had to deal with.

Starting his senior year, Krivka said there hasn’t been a dull moment. Other than his messages to the whole school community, Krivka constantly works behind the scenes to make this year the best that it can be. He works with his SGA colleagues to try and make everyone happy. He runs ideas by his classmates all the time to see if one of them could be a hit. 

Even though the school community sees the calm, cool and collected Krivka, the job is much more stressful and complicated than one could imagine. 

“I need to read and respond to around 10 emails and attend about three meetings per day, and I feel more obligated to say hi to everyone in the hallway,” Krivka said. 

These emails and meetings are all in addition to juggling a senior course load and applying for colleges. 

“I’m still deciding on where I want to go next year. I’m deciding between the College of Charleston, Baylor University and Fairfield University. I’d like to study international business and politics at any of those great schools,” Krivka said.

He could pick and choose what to bring the most attention to, but that is not how he operates; Krivka brings his best interests for the entire student body when making a decision. An example of this would be over the 2020 summer when Krivka could have been at home relaxing, but instead, he was on campus, introducing himself to the new freshmen, trying to pave the way for new students. Krivka wants to make their experience as fun and exciting as possible. 

I want to make the very best of our last year on campus, including many events for seniors, who happen to be the 200th class, to celebrate the hard work they have done for four years,” Krivka said.

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    Carol CorganMar 16, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Nick–Great article. Well-written and does justice to the person Mak is. Good work!