This year’s elections were a whole new ball game. I had been through the same process last year, but this experience was incredibly nerve-wracking, at every step of the way. My peers tried to assure me that because I was Venturers House Captain last year, I was guaranteed a lot of votes. However, I looked at the caliber of the nominees around me and was more terrified than ever before.
Phase 1 of the elections was the hardest phase. It was all about resource management – knowing what posters to put up, and where. If you were late by one day, all the soft boards were filled. What I enjoyed the most was the sprit in which each of us competed in these elections. We didn’t try to steal votes through any undue influences. We campaigned to the best of our ability, interacted with as many people as we could, and hoped for the best. The speeches were fun as well. There were various interesting questions that popped up, such as changes we would bring about, as House Captain.
Monday, the 22nd July was scary. My emotions were sky high, and I waited anxiously for everyone to finish casting their vote, so that the results of this chase could be announced. I can recall that sense of relief I felt as my name was called out as one of the top two candidates from my house. I was happy as my campaigning – photos and posters with spectacles (my symbol) on them had paid off. I was also glad that my peers believed in me.
Phase 2, the very next day, was intimidating, but enjoyable. We indulged in a group discussion on the various aspects of leadership with the Management and our house advisors. I left the conference room knowing that I had voiced my opinion to the best of my ability.
As names were called out for the various posts, I was glad to see that every member of the new council was cheered on, equally. As I walked up, when my name was announced as the school captain, I felt a sense of satisfaction. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for me, and supported me throughout, and cannot wait to see this year pan out. Working with the rest of this year’s council is going to be a phenomenal experience, and it is going to be fantastic to witness all of our ideas in action!