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Government provides the structure and stability necessary for society to function, and serving on the student council helps develop the skills of future generations of leaders. While it is common for students to only see it as an opportunity to help facilitate activities and events, there are many more life skills that can be learned during the term of the experience.
The Power of Persuasion
In today’s highly competitive world, never before has the power of persuasion been more relevant. Serving in the student council opens up a number of opportunities to hone these skills, and it gives you the ability to practice swaying public opinion on a daily basis. Persuasion skills prove to be beneficial later in life, whether you go on to serve further in politics or become a business manager, the ability to convince others to accept your ideas is a skill that can open a variety of windows of unique opportunity. The chance to develop these skills as early as high school gives you an advantage most do not receive.
Great Chance to Hone Public Speaking Skills
In order to serve on the student council, it is necessary to be able to speak in front of a large crowd. From the beginning, you’ll have to campaign and deliver speeches intended to persuade the crowd that you are the best person to represent the student body, and these skills carry over into life after high school.
Time management is highly important in the busy world we live in, and the sooner one understands this, the better. As a student council member, not only will you have the duties of your office to be concerned with, but you must also maintain good grades and continue to be an example for your peers. This can give you a great opportunity to hone your time management skills and prepare you for life after high school.
The power of self-esteem often makes the difference between success and failure. It is hard to get others to believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Serving on the student council is a great way to build positive self-esteem as you get the unique chance to convince others you are a good representative and then watch as your ideas and opinions manifest into changes in the school that benefit the entire student body.image credit: wasedausa.org
As a member of the Millenial Generation, those born between the 1980s and early 2000s, we know we like to share. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare. Did we miss any? We actively share our thoughts, opinions, photos, videos, location, and just about everything else in between with our social media friends and various networks daily. Some of our notions are simple and humorous while others can be placed in the “oversharing” or “TMI (too much info)” category.
These days, colleges and universities, recruiters, and hiring managers openly admit to scouring through our social media profiles as a part of their background check to get a better understanding of who we really are, both online and in the real world. So before you apply to a college, for an internship, or your dream job take a peek through your social media profiles and ask yourself, “Is this professional enough?”
Here are a few ways you can clean up your social media profiles:
Facebook has a wide range of privacy settings, so make sure you put them all to good use. But no matter what, your name and profile photo and cover photo are still visible to everyone who searches your name. So begin with changing your profile photo to a more professional snapshot, a family photo, or a classy group pic. Take a glance at your cover photo and past cover photos to make for certain that there is nothing offensive on display but something that showcases your interests. Lastly, take a gander through your timeline and “hide” or delete past stories, events, statuses, or photos that you think your professional network may find offensive.
Start with your Twitter name, then the avatar, and then the bio. Even if your Twitter profile is set to “locked tweets” – any user can see your username, photo, and read your 140-character biography.
The same rules apply to Twitter - your username should be something simple and nothing offensive, your profile photo should be a modest headshot, and your biography should simply state your name, location, and maybe a fun tidbit about yourself or interests.
Scroll through your timeline a few times and delete tweets that you wouldn’t want your professional network to read.
Last but certainly not least, think before you tweet.
Think of LinkedIn as your online resume. Whatever you want your future college, employer, or colleagues to know about – your volunteer work, your internships, your work experience and education – you are able to include on your profile. Keep the professional trend going throughout and you should be all set!
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