Pros and Cons of Joining Student Council

By Ellie Cartier

The student council truly runs the school. They plan dances, raise money, and set fun activities up for the students. They do a lot of good around the whole community.

Few people see what goes on behind the scenes in that group. When I first arrived at Tri-City, I was dead-set on being voted into Student Council. I wasn’t really sure what they did besides planning parties and such. Now that I have been a part of the group, I have gotten a good look at everything they run.

If anyone is looking to join, here are some pros and cons to joining student council.

Pros:

1. The biggest is that it looks great on your college resume. While this shouldn’t be the only reason you join, it’s a valid one. College’s will look for leaders, not followers, so being anything in student council really boosts your chances.

2. You get to make great friends and learn the values of teamwork. There are four members and two associates in every level. With six people, you have to make sure you are including everyone and that everything works out for every member.

3. Getting involved in the community. You get to help the people around you and see projects get finished thanks to you. I’ve been able to help Big Brothers Big Sisters with their auction, help at soup kitchens, and take part in the parade here in Prescott. It’s a ton of fun, and it makes you feel good about yourself.

4. You meet some cool people. I’ve met more people in the past few months than I have in the past year or so. From other kids helping out, to the workers at various events, I’ve been able to get to know the people who help keep Prescott running.

 

Cons:

1. The sixty hours you have to get. You get twenty from showing up at meetings, but you still need eighty in total. It’s certainly not impossible, but people like me want to do things outside of school, meaning we have to find a balance between school and student council, and the stuff you want to do for fun. This isn’t a totally bad thing, as it teaches you time management.

2. Working the store. It’s not all bad, but sometimes the hassle and twenties you have to break can get crazy. It’s not something you want to do every week for sure. It takes time away from your friends, who you might have wanted to talk to during your free period, and all the work you have to do can’t be left to do at that time.

3. Raising money. Okay, in the freshmen class, it’s difficult for us to get it through our fellow freshmen’s heads that we need to raise money. A lot of them feel that since they still have three years, it doesn’t matter right now, which is hard for us because we try and put everything we can into fundraisers.

 

Those were just a few brief points that I thought were the major ones. Don’t even get me started on the microwave cleaning. That will fill up another four hundred words. Anyways, please, anyone on student council, don’t sue me or anything. Thank you for reading.

 

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