By: A. Carrasco
I have run for student council this year, and although I didn’t win, I still think it was a great, rewarding experience for me. I learnt much more than I could have imagined from just talking in front of my whole year group. Therefore, I encourage every single person reading this right now to run for student council next year.
Now you must be thinking, why would I do this? Well, you should do it firstly for yourself. Don’t you want your opinion to be heard? Don’t you want to have a voice? And if you are afraid of public speaking, this experience will help you to improve. For example, when I ran for student council this year, I was so nervous speaking in public, but now, when the next time comes I will manage to do it better.
Moreover, the school might need your help. What if you have a great, special and outstanding idea, but you are too afraid to share it? If you help the school, the school will help you. For example, if you have an idea about how to make the lunch lines shorter, then the line will be shorter for you too, so you should try to be a student council and give suggesting in meetings. And I'm not saying that you have to win - trying is much more important than winning.
My advice for all of you, if you ever run for student council, is to speak confidently, and believe in yourself. Try to imagine that you are better than all the other people listening to you, and try to seem confident instead of nervous. I also highly recommend that you prepare a PowerPoint presentation or flashcards, instead of a memorized speech. This is because you might have memorized everything very well, but when you are talking in front of a lot of people, you might feel unprepared or really nervous if you don’t have anything. You will also have to answer questions too. But you don’t have to prepare those!
So, if you want to improve life for yourself, for your friends, for your class, for your year group and for the whole school, run for student council next year!