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How to Run for Student Council

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Are you thinking about running for student council? Trying to weigh up the pro's and con's? The actual rules will differ a little from school to school, but these tips will help you decide if student council is right for you.

Reasons to Run for Student Council

Student government might be a good activity for you if you:

  • Like to bring about change.
  • Would enjoy a career in politics.
  • Enjoy planning events.
  • Are outgoing and sociable.
  • Have time to attend the meetings!

Common Student Council Positions

  • President: The class president normally runs council meetings. You can't be shy if you want to be president! The president may also represent the student body in meetings with school administration members. The president is also responsible for the disbursement of funds.
  • Vice President: The vice president assists president in many duties. The vice president also stands in for the president when necessary.
  • Secretary: The class secretary keeps accurate record of meetings and student activities, programs, and sessions. You should be organized and like to write if you run for this position.
  • Treasurer: Are you good with numbers? Interested in bookkeeping or accounting? The treasurer keeps track of funds.

Tips for Student Council Campaigns

  1. Review all the campaign rules carefully. They will differ from school to school, so don't make any assumptions.
  2. Save yourself any potential embarrassment! Make sure you meet academic requirements.
  3. Complete the application in a professional way. No sloppy handwriting or lazy answers. Teachers and advisors will be more supportive if you demonstrate that you are serious.
  4. You may be required to collect a certain number of signatures from fellow students, teachers, and administrators. Consider preparing a note card with important points about your goals and plans and use it as you "meet and greet."
  5. Identify a certain problem or policy that is meaningful to your classmates and make it part of your platform. However, be sure not to promise things that aren't realistic.
  6. Create a catchy slogan.
  7. Find an artistic friend who can help you create publicity material. Why not create postcard-sized ads? Just be sure to follow school rules when it comes to publicity.
  8. Prepare a campaign speech. If you are worried about public speaking, check out the tips for speaking in class.
  9. Remember to play fair. Don't remove, destroy, or cover over other students' posters.
  10. Use the Internet and email in your campaign.
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