How to Run for Student Council

Running for Student Council Pros and Cons

Running for Student Council?

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Are you thinking about running for student council? Trying to weigh up the pros and cons? 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 and is also responsible for the disbursement of funds.
  • Vice President: The vice president assists the president in many duties. The vice president also stands in for the president when necessary.
  • Secretary: The class secretary keeps an 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.

Campaign Planning

Consider Why You're Running—Ask yourself what kinds of changes you want to effect and what issues you'd like to resolve. What is your platform? How will the school and student body benefit from your participation in student council?

Set a Budget—There are expenses involved with running a campaign. Create a realistic budget, taking into account materials like posters and buttons or snacks for volunteers.

Find Campaign Volunteers—You'll need help creating your campaign and communicating to students. Choose people with a wide variety of skills. For instance, a strong writer can help with your speech, while an artist can create posters. People from different backgrounds can help leverage creativity while people with different interests can assist in broadening your connections.

Brainstorm—Think about your strengths, the words that best describe you, your advantages over the other candidates, and what your unique messages are. It's often helpful to have others describe how they see you.

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. Remember to check for paperwork deadlines.
  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.
  1. Prepare a campaign speech. If you are worried about public speaking, check out the tips for speaking in class.
  2. Remember to play fair. Don't remove, destroy, or cover over other students' posters.
  3. Be sure to check before you invest in giveaways, like chocolate, rulers, or other items with your name printed on them. This may disqualify you!