It is an honour to be able to represent and lead your school; to be able to make speeches during assemblies and organise events for the school. I’m Benjamin and I am truly humbled to have been appointed as Head Boy of Tenby SEP for the academic year of 2016-2017. Being Head Boy was undoubtedly a great experience for me though I personally believe the role might not be for everyone, so I’d like to share my list of top five things to keep mind if you’re thinking of becoming a prefect in our school!
1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE PERFECT STUDENT
When I first joined Tenby in Year 10, I was failing half my grades and this continued all the way up till Year 11 mocks. I had no leadership experience whatsoever nor did I help or contribute to my school in any big part. Therefore, I would like to start by saying that you don’t need to be the most perfect student with the perfect grades and tons of experience in order to get this position, I certainly wasn’t.
I truly believe that everyone has the potential to take on this role and do great things with it. However, you are not going to convince anyone till you yourself are convinced that you can do it, which brings me to my next point.
2. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & OTHERS WILL BELIEVE IN YOU TOO
You know the old cliché that says confidence is the key to success? Well it’s true, especially when we are talking about leadership.
What is so important about confidence you might ask? Well would you be happy with a leader who is not confident? The answer is obviously no, as a leader in the school you are expected to take charge, come up with ideas, make speeches in public and most importantly work with and lead your colleagues.
Most importantly confidence is key because (like I said) you are not going to convince anyone if you don’t believe in yourself. Good ways to increase your confidence would be try to step out of your comfort zone more often. Join activities which involve public speaking such as MUN or debating or even participating in the school production.
3. PRIORITISE WHAT’S IMPORTANT: IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
It is important to remember that you are still in a school and therefore you should still prioritise your studies. Having said that, you don’t want to be the student who is just stuck with their books all day long, balance is important. While striving to achieve good grades, try to be more involved in different activities within or outside school. You could join sports teams, music clubs, MUN or even be involved in the organisation of an event.
Of course, if you are slacking or falling back on your studies you may have to cut down on these. Being able to prioritise things shows that you are not afraid to make important decisions and that you are able to manage your tasks well.
4. BE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH OTHER PEOPLE: NEVER PRETEND TO BE SOMEONE YOU’RE NOT
Important note to remember: you are going to be working with your fellow teachers, headmasters and students a lot so you must learn to be comfortable working with different people.
You shouldn’t have to wear a mask or be a different person when working with your team and with your friends, it will make the job more enjoyable for you and your co-workers will learn to trust you more and have a better relationship with you.
5. IT ALL COMES DOWN TO YOUR PASSION
Personally, I think this is the most important part. I’m not talking about the passion where you are like, ‘I like to do this’ or, ‘I enjoy doing this’, I’m talking about the passion that drives you, that motivates you, one that lights a fire in you and makes you want to get up in the morning and do things. When you are truly passionate about something you won’t need that push in order to thrive and be successful, true passion will pull you to reach your goals. For me personally my passion is and was helping those in need and giving back to society.
So how did this help me? Well when it came to both my application and my interview I spoke about my passion with them, I told them why I was passionate about it, how I wanted to share this passion with the school to improve the school. The great thing about sharing what you are passionate about is that it comes so naturally, you don’t have to think hard about what to say and what to do. This made my interview run very smoothly, it allowed me to feel confident and comfortable. Most importantly when it was time to actually take action I enjoyed doing it, it was not a chore I honestly enjoyed planning different charity events for the school as it was my passion.
Regardless of what your passion is, try to push and see how you can use this to better and contribute to the school. The great thing about doing something you are passionate about is that you put your heart into it and you give it your all and you enjoy doing it which is definitely something the school is looking for.
My experience as Head boy was one which I really enjoyed, for me it was something out of my comfort zone, something different. I was not used to playing a big role in the school, working with other people and planning and organising events but I did. Just like myself, I believe each and everyone one of you has the potential whether you know it or not.
Therefore, I would strongly encourage you if you are considering to apply for any prefect positions to do so because you definitely are capable of it. Whether you get the role or not there really is nothing to lose, you gain a lot of experience either way.