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  • Writer's pictureCaia TAM

Student Council

Updated: May 7, 2023

Believe it or not, I really am passionate about being in student council. I’m not quite sure why, but I do know that I really love it, and it is an incredible experience. Each and every time you get in, each and every time you go to the meetings, it’s like you learn something new. It’s truly, an extraordinary experience.

My first time signing up was in year 4. I was 8 years old, and I really wanted to get in. It seemed so interesting and important, and I really wanted it. I signed up, tried as hard as I could, but I didn’t get in the first time. I was crushed. I felt like it was the worst thing that could have happened (it was not, but I was and am very dramatic), and to make it worse (for me) my best friend who also signed up got in. I was happy for her, but I was also super jealous. I didn’t even know if I wanted to sign up the next year any more. I wasn’t sure I could handle another one of those failures. Honestly, it’s actually not a big deal, it is a big group that is quite influential, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I didn’t get in. But that's not what I thought. I wanted to get in really, really bad, so this failure, set me back a lot.

The next year, I decided to try again. I was confident this time. I thought I had to get it. I was so determined, I actually started trying to make a difference, to my friends, to my class, so that I would stand a better chance. I was determined. That was because, after that failure, I thought about it again. Who would want a leader who would give up after one failure? I wouldn’t, so other people probably wouldn’t either. If I want this so bad, I need to persevere. To this day, I’m so glad that I did.

Year 5, I was 9, and I finally got in. I vividly remember what the teacher said, and it was quite a lot. But in conclusion, basically it was about how he had interviewed hundreds of kids, and there were only supposed to be 2 per year level. But there were already 4, and still one class left to go. Which was my class. He said after interviewing us, there was no way that they could choose between, so he let all 8 of us in. Man, I was over the moon. I felt so happy, I think I was in a good mood for the next entire week. My perseverance had paid off.

I thought that was it. I thought that just getting in would be a great thing. But the next year, everything changed. I was asked to go out of class, and the teacher asked me, “would you like to be the next president of student council?” (in primary, we had a president and vice president from year 6) and I was confused at first. I know, what is confusing, everything he just said was clear, but it was a different type of confused. I was so happy, that I got in, I pretty much started malfunctioning. That bit of motivation got me here. That year, I felt like my work and perseverance, it took me towards new heights.

Year 7, I got in yet again. (sorry about how long this section is, I really have a lot to say) I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe it, not only did I get into primary student council, I became the president of primary student council, AND I got into secondary student council. I got in 3 consecutive years. Saying that I was exited would be an understatement. I’m glad that I was able to learn about perseverance. That tiny bit of reflection, pushed me forward for 3 years. 3 years was I able to represent my year level as a leader. I will continue to persevere. For as long as it takes, because if you don’t, you’d never know where you could have ended up.

RCHK Secondary Student Council 2022/23


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