How to Get on Student Council

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Being on student council not only teaches you how to maintain a position of leadership, but also looks great on a college resume. But if you've ever tried to get on student council, then you know how tricky it can be. Primarily a popularity contest, there are a few tricks of the trade that will help you win an election. Here's how to get on student council.

  • Get the lay of the land. Before you can truly understand how to win in the election, you need to know the rules of the election. This means finding out if people are elected from a certain homeroom class or if it's by popular vote of the entire grade. You must figure out how the election process works for your student council position.

  • Determine who your friends and supporters are within the group. Whether your class is 6000 people, or you must win the election of your homeroom, see where your "base" is located. These are the people who will most likely vote for you. Be realistic about your base. Even if it is small, that's okay. Just make sure you can count on those core votes.

  • Ask for the support of your base. Before you officially throw your hat in the ring, mention to your friends and supporters that you are thinking of running for student council. Ensure that they are supportive. If they are not supportive, convince them why you want to run. You are their friend, and therefore they should be easily convinced.

  • Refine your platform on why you are running. Many people run for student council on promises they can't keep. For instance that they are going to make the school day shorter. That's impossible because it is federally regulated. Form your platform on something substantial. For instance, a great idea for a fundraiser that will allow your class to hold an impressive prom.

  • Throw your hat into the ring. This means that you officially sign up for the election to student council. You may be required to get some support signatures to get your name on the ballot.

  • Create advertising that announces your bid for student council. Schools have certain limitations on where you can place signs. Make sure you follow the rules and only advertise your candidacy where allowed.

  • Craft a memorable speech. At some point during the campaign, you will probably be asked to make a speech on why you want to be on the student council. There have been a million speeches made over the country since the turn of the 19th century. The trick to making your speech effective is that it is unique. Do a magic trick, wear a funny tie, even tell a good joke.

  • Shake hands and kiss babies. This is of course "politician speak" for convincing people to vote for you. Make sure you don't start or end a conversation without letting people know that you are running for student council. Listen to their wishes on what would make a better school and offer solutions.

  • Vote for yourself on the big day. There have been many a student council election lost by a vote. Even if you tell the other candidate you will vote for them out of respect. Remember, politics is a dirty business, a vote for you is the first vote to a win.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create an Internet page on a community site which outlines your platform. Add cool music and videos to entice fellow students to vote for you.
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