What does your role entail?
As a School Captain, I have to lead the Prefects’ Team and chair our meetings. And, as every other prefect, be a role model for the school.
What was the most stressful part of the Prefect application process and why?
Actually, the fact that it was a Prefects’ application made me worry a lot about it. Even though the entire process was quite interesting to participate in.
What is the most common misconception people have about the prefects?
That we don’t do much work for the school. We are constantly meeting with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss new ideas and problems to improve your life at school.
Why did you want to be a prefect?
This school has shaped who I am today and being a Prefect would enable me to participate in the development of the school, and give back what I once received.
What would you say to your 12-year-old self?
Be proactive and look for new opportunities. It does not matter what your interests are, just practice them to be the best of yourself.
How does your Prefect role link to your future career?
As the School Captain, I am able to work in several areas within the school. This helps me learn different things and be more flexible when dealing with situations. Since I would like to work on the Financial Sector, I will have to able to work with different people from several different areas, which will compose the main body of a bank or a fund.
What was the hardest question they asked you in your interview?
Why do you want to be a Prefect? Even though it seems as a simple question, it is not. You have to really dig deep to find the answer to this question. You have to think about what will be your purpose within this school as a leader, and how you will be able to contribute.
What have the last few months as a Prefect taught you?
That being a Prefect is much more than a symbol of leadership to the school. Things do not come easily to us. Therefore, I learnt how to be effective in proposing new ideas for the Prefects by selecting what is actually necessary for the school to improve.
What is one thing you want to change in school?
Connection to the world. Our school is already extremely connected to different areas of the world, but we have to keep improving to keep all Pauleans competitive when they leave St. Paul’s. We have to think globally, make connections with other schools and people, and be open to change. Because the world is constantly changing and we have to adapt with it.
Any advice for prospective prefects?
Apply to the role that you think you most relate to. If you love what you do, you will definitely do a good job. Also, be prepared to bring things that will make St Paul’s stand out, both in and outside school.