Gabe Huang ’22 on Leading By Example
“When I first applied to Hun, I applied because I loved the campus,” said Gabe Huang ’22. “But what I realized is that it’s the people that make Hun the great place that it is, not the campus. And I hope that during my time here that I was able to be one of those people who contributed to making Hun the special place that it is.”
During Gabe’s four years at The Hun School, he never shied away from seizing an opportunity to make an impact or get involved on campus. During his sophomore year he decided he was ready to join student government and begin using his voice to make a difference in the School that he cherished so much. By his senior year, Gabe was sworn into office as student body president.
Gabe notes that he is most proud of the Hun Masks Project that he initiated his junior year, as head of the Hun Gives Back Committee. Gabe worked closely with students to design, produce, and sell reusable masks with proceeds benefiting local organizations that fight food insecurities.
When it comes to his leadership style, it’s simple for Gabe: lead by example. For the entirety of his term as student body president, students could find Gabe every morning at the entrance of the Chesebro building, holding the door and greeting students with a smile.
Gabe notes that this simple act that he did every morning was an act to make himself visible to his peers and to show them that Hun is a place that values its close knit community.
“I wanted my peers to know that I will always make myself visible to them and they can always count on me,” he said. “If my classmates wanted to approach me with an idea or a concern, they would know where to find me every morning. During my time at Hun, I have come across a lot of different leaders and I have found that I want to be a leader who leads by example and allows students to hold me accountable.”
Lynn McNulty, Student Government Advisor notes that not only does Gabe lead by example, he also leads with empathy:
“Gabe is so in tune with the needs of Hun students and the greater community,” Ms. McNulty said. “When it comes to his decision-making process, he is always mindful of what the student body wants and needs. He is always the first one at an event and the last one to leave. The Hun School is a better community because of Gabe’s leadership and the legacy he leaves.”
Next year, Gabe is headed to Georgetown University to pursue a business degree. He notes that he was instantly drawn to Georgetown’s environment and collaborative spirit as it reminded him of Hun.
“When I went to visit Georgetown I knew it would be a great fit for me because it’s a very collaborative environment,” he said. “The students I met were friendly and approachable, just like Hun students. I had a very familiar feeling when I was there.”
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