Student council is meant to give students an opportunity to learn leadership, as well as to incentivize creativity, teamwork, and ways to help out the community. Forming part of a university’s student council ends up being valuable for reasons both professional and personal.
Students often disregard student council, perceiving it as unimportant. Many don’t realize that most activities that make your university fun and entertaining are possible because a group of students dedicated their time and effort to organize these events. Student council involves hard work and deserves recognition; members take the trouble to embrace everyone’s opinions and wishes and turn them into reality. The lessons you can learn from these tasks are valuable in the long run, given that organization, team effort, and leadership are all skills employers are constantly seeking (especially after you get hired).
Being part of student council is engaging in politics on a minor scale. Taking on this job means being the voice of the student body, it is a way in which students share their ideas, interests, and concerns with their peers while trying to make a difference in their community. A university campus is a melting pot where different ideas and concerns may arise among the students, but with the help of a single group of people, all of these suggestions will be heard, and many may trigger action.
Being part of student council is a chance to learn how to express yourself and formulate opinions. This might seem simple and obvious, but it is tougher than you think! Being a representative of the student body gives you the power to speak for others. In a sense, you become the voice of the many and the face of the people you represent. Other than being a tremendous responsibility, this allows you to learn valuable skills such as coming up with ideas and expressing them eloquently to those around you.
This fall, Texas Tech-Costa Rica will launch its first student council elections. This is a very exciting and competitive time for students interested in participating, especially for those who showed immediate interest in running for office. Eduardo Peña, for example, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, says his involvement on campus has helped him build strong bonds with all students and the university, thus making him a qualified presidential candidate.
“I know the university’s weaknesses, I have an idea of what could be improved, and I have learned everyone’s point of view,” Peña said. “I used to be the vice president in my high school. There, I learned the importance of organization and teamwork, which are skills I can apply here as well.”
Owen Oliva is another student who has showed interest in participating in these elections. As a second-year student, Oliva believes he has acquired enough knowledge about the university to know exactly what needs to be improved. He claims he has never missed a single student activity and says that as vice president, he would work hard to make sure all students feel as welcome as he did in his first year. He also pledges to become a leader his peers can rely on.
“I felt very welcomed thanks to the help of all the students, staff and faculty, and I want to make sure other students feel the same way,” Oliva said. “I was the president of my high school’s chess team and basketball team, so I know what it’s like for many people to count on you. Becoming Texas Tech’s vice president would be a much bigger responsibility, but what I learn here will be very beneficial for my personal and professional life as well.”
We at Texas Tech-CR are excited to launch our first student council elections, and we encourage all to participate in this great initiative by learning about the candidates, choosing those you will support, and casting your vote! However you may get involved, this is an opportunity to grow and learn valuable lessons for your future. Your contribution to student council will create memorable experiences for you and those around you. Become a Red Raider, let your voice be heard, and be part of something bigger. From here, it’s possible!