What does your role entail?
As Vice-Captain, I work closely with the Captain by helping to prepare and chair the meetings, as well as to organize and keep track of the minutes. I am also required to represent the school in all formal events.
What was the most stressful part of the Prefect application process and why?
Personally, I thought the interview was the most stressful part of the application because it is unpredictable and the hardest to prepare for.
What is the most common misconception people have about the prefects?
I think a misconception people have about prefects is regarding our specific roles. As prefects, we are assigned roles that are specific to an area of the school. But, more importantly, we work as a team, so we are not expected to only contribute in our particular areas.
Why did you want to be a prefect?
I applied to be a prefect because I am a proud Paulean. And being a prefect is a great opportunity to give back to this community that has always given me a lot of support and opportunities. During my 15 years at St. Paul’s, I have seen the school grow and improve, and I wish to help it continue to do so.
What would you say to your 12-year-old self?
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and try out the different activities and opportunities the school has to offer.
How does your Prefect role link to your future career?
I am still undecided on what I will pursue as a future career. However, I believe my role as Vice-Captain can be linked to multiple career paths as it allows me to develop organizational and leadership skills that are very important to any career I will choose.
What was the hardest question they asked you in your interview?
It was a current affair question, but I don’t remember how it was worded. Essentially, they asked me what I would do if I were a president and passed a law that most of the population opposed to, but I strongly believed would be beneficial.
What have the last few months as a Prefect taught you?
So far the role has improved my communication skills by being assertive and objective. It has also improved my organization skills as it is part of the Deputy Head role to record what is being said in meetings (so I also had to learn to type faster) and make sure the targets are being met.
What is one thing you want to change in school?
I would like to increase school spirit and make the school a better environment for all. Hopefully, The Lion Magazine will serve as a great communication platform for students and, consequently, enhance the pupils’ community spirit!
Any advice for prospective prefects?
Use the opportunities you have to practice going through application processes, such as applying for leadership positions in MUN or applying to programs like LAHC or summer programs. But most importantly, embrace all of the opportunities the school provides you with, try out the different activities and be engaged.