“STUCO Is My Life”
My sophomore year of high school was coming to an end. I kept thinking, I had to do something exciting my junior year, or at least get involved. I started hearing about this leadership club, Student Council. Instead of just joining the club, I wanted to be a part of the inside activities and the class. I went in for my interview, and was accepted for a spot in the class the next year. I had come to realize that Student Council was a student-lead organization in which we strived for excellence in not only academics, but creating relationships, showing pride in the school we attend, and learning leadership skills, while also seeking ...view middle of the document...
I learned it so well that I took time out to help other people. This simple chant was done with over four hundred students at a conference significantly for Student Council members. As an outsider looking in, people would think we were crazy and be lost, but we understood. More importantly, I understood the clap and accomplishing this goal, lead me closer to my destination of becoming a true master.
Compared to learning the clap, understanding the meaning of words, and what I had to do when they were said, was a little bit harder. It would be the start of class, someone would accidently say the word “ANNOUNCEMENTS” and with very loud voices, everyone would start to sing that one word. I didn’t know there was a small song that went along with it. This song was a way to get everyone’s attention so we could go over important news, from upcoming events to planning ideas. After first it seemed so elementary, but then I understood that it helped people not talk over others and it gave people a chance to talk without being interrupted. I enjoyed singing the words, “Announcements, Announcements, Announcements….” over and over again.
Not only was learning the communication of STUCO important, but the values of this community was even more important. My first year, I had to learn what leadership was and also what it meant to be a leader. It was always about setting an example for the next person to follow and to always listen to others. Communication was the key, involving listening skills and most of all teamwork. I had to learn how to communicate with other people and be able to work with them on different projects, like “Hollywood Bowl”, the talent show for the school, and raising money for a cancer foundation, Color for Cure. Going into my second year of Student Council, I found out how hard it was to be a leader, becoming the Vice President.
Although it was an honor to be Vice President, it wasn’t the easiest task. I sometimes found myself stuck trying to find the right way to guide and educate a group of my peers throughout the year. I had to learn when to lead and when to follow. Throughout the meetings and daily activities, I learned when to be an Indian, a follower, and when to be a Chief (leader). Later into the school year, it became easier for me to let go and let the members guide themselves to come up with ideas and pursue them.
While leadership was an important value, leaving a legacy for others to follow and remember was a dream everyone hoped to accomplish while in the class. Legacy meaning what someone will leave behind for the organization and the people apart of it. My legacy was left when I became “Mother Hen”, which was a nickname I went by, to everyone that connected with me. As the Vice-President, I had to be well-rounded and tend to everyone’s needs, organizing an agenda or having individual talks with members. I was looked up to by many people and it made me happy to know that I changed lives with just my emotional and...