When I walked by in our corridors and rooms in school, thoughts have come acrossed my mind about our Student Council and its future. I recognized that there are many new transformations and problems to overcome for next year. Not only do we have new responsibilities for our positions, but we have a completely new way of functioning as a group. In the process of thinking, I came to the conclusion that it would be much easier to understand our goals through the characters and themes of the classic Disney movie, The Lion King that I adapted from my friend once when she had told me what it is really to be a leader.
For those of you that are not familiar with the Lion King, it is a classic movie about a young lion cub named Simba who struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and find his place in nature’s “circle of life.” He goes on an exciting adventure with his two unlikely companions, Timon and Pumbaa. After being blamed for this father’s death by his enemy, Scar, Simba flees his homeland, only to return later to earn his rightful place as king of the jungle. And although lions, meercats, and warthogs do not seem to relate to our Student Council, they actually portray the many positions and responsibilities, and of our future. Scar, the animals’ enemy, represents all of the obstacles and challenges we must overcome. Simba’s adventure represents the school year and our adventure through each event we plan. Nature’s “circle of life” represents our “circle of positions”. Now let me explain how each of these symbols relates to the importance and duties of our Student Council.
The first and foremost important aspect of Student Council is you! There would be no Student Council without members to plan and run the events we do. Now each member has a different responsibility similar to the different species of animals in Simba’s kingdom. Each animal functions differently, but their contribution to the kingdom helps all of them live peacefully and harmoniously. Even though each responsibility of a Student Council member is different, they are all equally important to the functioning of our Student Council. Even though we may work to the best of our abilities, there will always be obstacles to overcome. We, as a Student Council, will have many obstacles blocking our way, but we cannot whine and complain about them. We must step up to the problem, find out what causes the problem, and come up with a solution as quickly and peacefully as we can. Our problems may be as small as an argument over favors for an event or as complex as not being able to attract people to our events. In either situation, we must not run away. We cannot give up because nobody cares. We must be the people who care and work until the very end. We must find ways to compromise and think of new solutions. And no one is asking you to do it alone. You will have all of your fellow members by your side, as well as me there to guide you along the way. Our goal next year is to not let any obstacles to take us away from the work we are truly capable of.
Our adventure next year will be that of excitement and hard work rolled up in one. It will be an unforgettable adventure that we will travel together except, there is a lot of change that will take effect. The positions in Student Council will be changing as well as the responsibilities of each position. All of this change can be scary but we must try not to be. We will have to use new ideas combined with past experiences to figure out how to plan our events with a new group of people and less of them. If everyone participates to the best of their ability with the new changes, we will be as successful as Simba and accomplish our goals.
Now, after explaining how important it is to accept change and work together to accomplish our goals, I do not want you to think you will be in this adventure alone. I, as a presidential candidate for our Student Council,...