Dublin High School’s Student Body President Tatiana Bouri Leads with Positive Energy
Every year high school students across the country elect a student to serve as the student body representative during his or her senior year of high school. The role of Student Body President has been caricatured in movies from “Election” to “Mean Girls” as merely a popularity contest or role without substance. While that stereotype may make for entertaining movies, the reality, at least in our experience profiling Dublin High School’s ASB Presidents over the years, is very different.
We are pleased to introduce Dublin High School’s 2014-15 ASB President Tatiana Bouri, who combines academic success, athletic prowess and limitless enthusiasm for the student body and her school.
OneDublin.org: You have a reputation for being extraordinarily enthusiastic when leading spirit cheers at Dublin High School events, in particular football games in Gaels Stadium. Where does that enthusiasm come from?
Tatiana Bouri: “I have a great passion for the school. When I’m at a game and we’re winning, or at an event we’re supporting, I think of how important it is to cheer on the students and represent Dublin High School. I get caught up in and love promoting the school.”
OneDublin.org: What are some of the other responsibilities of the Student Body leadership beyond the very visible presence at school events?
Bouri: “We attend a Leadership Class 2-3 times per week and begin by going over the events of the past week, such as the games we supported, lunchtime activities we led, or fundraisers we held, and try to understand what went well and what went poorly so we can improve in the future.
“The Leadership Class duties are to plan school-wide and community-wide events. We delegate tasks to different committees: community service committees, football committees, fall sports committees, lunchtime activity committees and more. The leadership team tries to divide up responsibilities based on student interest, this way the members of each committee are passionate about their projects. For example, the community service committee will be made up of students who are passionate about volunteering. A few weeks ago for breast cancer awareness we held a ‘pink out at the game’ event and raised over $400.”
OneDublin.org: What inspired you to run for Dublin High School ASB President?
Bouri: “I’ve been involved in leadership since the 2nd grade, when I participated in the student council. Going into high school I saw a clear separation between those who were actively involved in the school and those who weren’t. Both groups of students noticed what worked well in the school and what didn’t, but one group complained and didn’t take action, while the other group noticed what was wrong and wanted to take action to make things better. I wanted to be part of the group that made things happen, that helped people be proud to be a Gael. I ran my sophomore year for Class Treasurer and in my junior year for Class Vice President, and through those leadership experiences, and by helping with Homecoming Activities, fundraisers and other school events, I started to grasp what it means to be a leader. I knew that I had all the skills I would need to be an effective president.”
OneDublin.org: What have you learned about school administration now that you’ve had more access in your role as ASB President?
Bouri: “I hear many students say that the administration is ‘out to get us’, but that’s not the case. Having met with many members of the school administration, I’ve always found their intentions to be good. They want to work with the leadership class, be involved with student leadership and combine what they believe is best for the students with the ASB Leadership view.”
OneDublin.org: What is your advice for students considering AP classes and how do you balance the rigor of AP classes with all your responsibilities as ASB President?
Bouri: “I’m taking four AP classes this semester, and a fifth next semester. My key advice for students is to take AP classes for the subjects you are passionate about. While I’m supportive of challenging yourself, don’t take AP classes just for the sake of having one more AP. The best thing to do is to take AP classes in the fields that interest you, so you can further that interest and the skills you’ll need in college.
“From the many AP classes I’ve taken, I’ve found that because the AP class sizes are generally smaller, you can form a better connection with your teacher. And though the homework load is more, I feel like you learn more because of that closer relationship with the teacher. You’ll also be surrounded by students that like to challenge themselves.”
OneDublin.org: What have you learned from your experience taking AP exams in prior years that can help students taking their first AP classes?
Bouri: “The most important tip is to study early. Don’t start in May, start much earlier. Be organized, keep good notes, because everything you are being taught in an AP class will be on the test. You have to keep up because slacking off during one chapter of an AP course will make it much harder later.”
OneDublin.org: You’ve been fortunate to have a couple of paid summer internships, what have you learned from those experiences?
Bouri: “I applied for and was accepted into the Alameda County District Attorney Justice Academy. The program included extensive lectures from local and district elected officials as well as attorneys and judges, and we were given the opportunity to intern for one of them. I had two internships, one with the District Attorney for Fremont and the other for State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. Both were amazing experiences.
“I was transcribing video evidence, giving my opinion on cases, and sitting in on trials, all of which furthered my interest in the law. Interning for Ms. Buchanan introduced me to political systems and showed me that politicians really do listen to their constituents.”
OneDublin.org: What are you considering as a major for college, and what advice do you have for students yet to go through the college application process”
Bouri: “I’m considering majors that are business administration or economics related and want to see where that path takes me, which could include corporate law down the road. Applying for college is stressful, not only because of the essays you have to write, but because it’s probably the first time you’ve had to sit down, stare at a computer and write down what you want to be. And though the process is filled with tears and happiness when you make a breakthrough, I found the experience enlightening.
“Writing the college essays helped me learn more about myself, I was really trying to analyze what I’d learned and gone through during high school, and realized I had come a long way. It boosted my confidence that I’m ready for college.
“The best way to reduce college application stress is to start early. Start to ponder ideas for your essays the summer before your senior year, before the school year starts, because it takes time to have a breakthrough in your essays. The essays deserve time and thought.”
OneDublin.org: With student leadership and AP classes, did you have time for any other activities?
Bouri: “I was in tennis for my first two years of high school, and have been in track & field since my freshman year. And even though it was extremely stressful balancing SAT and ACT exams with athletics during my junior year, the experience has been awesome.
“It’s track & field that has really clicked. In my first year of track & field I was a sprinter and jumper, made it to varsity, and went to championships. And then in my sophomore year my coach put me in hurdling which was a really challenging experience, but I learned so much about myself by working hard to learn hurdling. Track & field is where I relax and have a place to balance out the stress of academics.”
OneDublin.org: It’s tempting for students to try and do everything. What is your advice for being involved while still having balance?
Bouri: “That’s the story of my life, the person that wants to do everything! Being involved in track & field really taught me time management. The more packed my schedule became, the more I delegated time, the more I focused on getting things done. I would get home from track practice and immediately do my homework and start studying. Junior year was definitely the most stressful with SAT and ACT exams.
“The more I put on my plate the more organized I became. I wasted less time on my phone or watching T.V., and delegated time to those things that were most beneficial to me.”
OneDublin.org: For students in their freshman year, or 8th graders in their last year of middle school, what advice do you have to get the most out of high school?
Bouri: “My one piece of advice to freshmen is try everything. Try as many things as you can – go to the club fair and sign up for 20 clubs and even if you drop out of 18 of them, you’ll find two that you are so in love with that you’ll want to become president of that club later in high school. Your freshman year is the time when your schedule isn’t allowed to be as difficult as it becomes later on, you are restricted to classes that help with the transition from middle school to high school. Freshman also have FMP during lunch which I think is an awesome program. Join several sports and find the one you love.
“You will have to make tough choices after freshman year; while I loved tennis I ultimately chose track & field because excelling in a few things is better than spreading yourself too thin and ending up just proficient in multiple things.”
Additional Dublin High School ASB President profiles:
- Dublin High School Outgoing ASB President Luke Legins Takes Leadership Lessons to College
- Dublin High’s ASB President Tatum Wheeler on the Value of Student Leadership
- Dublin High Senior Ben Young on The United States Military Academy at West Point