“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.” – Reed Markham
Our student council is one which is sure of upholding the true meaning of this quote. Now that the council is in full swing and elections have long past, it is evident that the council is learning about leadership.
As a senior school student, I usually make it a point not to make role models out of my peers- the closeness in age is quite awkward, but seeing the change in the attitude of many of my friends has made me see that responsibility really does change you. It is awe inspiring to see the amount of patience and ability to control that a council member has.
“It’s a crazy responsibility; you have to be the perfect role model.” says Aahika, School Sports Captain. Maybe leadership isn’t for the weak willed, but it clearly earns you respect, and admiration. The enthusiasm with which the student council approaches every event is commendable as well. Whether it may be last period BA meeting or the Inter-school Swimming Competition, the Captains are always supportive of the house members, urging them to participate- even if the students themselves are less than enthusiastic.
“Two years on the Student Council as both School Captain and House Captain have impacted my life tremendously. I’ve learnt how to be more disciplined, focused and organized. The responsibility you are given is enormous, but the reward makes the experience worth it.” says Ex-Captain, Tejas Rao. As a regular citizen in the wide world of the high school political system, it’s impossible not to be tempted by the sunny glow that surrounds captaincy. On the other hand, I laugh as I think of myself trying to control and motivate a room filled with chatty kids and bored friends.
Now that we’re really into the school year, let’s see what our Captains have to offer. As students, we should give them time and second chances (if they ever mess up). Because, being a Captain? It’s not that easy.
~ Mahima Srikanth, 11AS-A