Running for Student Council
Have a strong reason for wanting to win. It's not enough to just want to
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss running for student council.First, know exactly which position you're running for. There could be different positions depending on how your school sets up the student council. The four basic offices are: President, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.Running for student council and winning is just the beginning. You need to carry out the duties of that specific position. For example, if you're the class secretary, you may be taking down meeting notes. If you're president, you may be presiding over entire meetings and representing the student body in meetings with school officials.Have a strong reason for wanting to win. It's not enough to want to win for the attention or the popularity. You need a strong reason like wanting to serve your students, or wanting to make a positive effect on the school environment around you.Know the issues. You need to know what's important to the students voting for you if you want to get voted in. Perhaps they want an extra dance. Perhaps they want different guidelines for graduation. It could be something small, like a vending machine they want changed, or it could be something huge that you'll need to speak with school officials about. But know the issues before you start campaigning.Hit the campaign trail! You'll do that by creating posters and hanging them visibly around the school. Consider coming up with a slogan and your name and the position you'll be running for. Or, put together a short, catchy sentence you can use in social media, on posters, and around the school when talking to students.Although you don't have to be the most popular student to win, you do need to get out there and make yourself know if you aren't already. And if you are popular or very well known around the school, you need to speak to students about what your specific campaign will mean for student council.Get out there and start shaking hands, or be at social events around school such as dances, bake sales, other pep rallies--events where lots of students will tend to be. Make sure your posters are visible. If you have anything to hand out, such as pencils, buttons, and flyers, you can hand those out there as well. Remember, throughout your entire campaign as well as the results process, you want to display good manners, good ethics, and graciousness.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.