The Making of Leaders: How Student Council Experience Prepares Students for the Future - Bangkok Prep

The Making of Leaders: How Student Council Experience Prepares Students for the Future

There are a tremendous number of benefits for children who join international schools. The world-class curriculum, ECA options, highly trained and qualified faculty, and incredible facilities are just a few. Still, for students wanting to go the extra mile, there are chances to get fully involved in school culture. Not only does this give students an incredible in-depth experience of how the world works, but it is a brilliant addition to a university application. One way for students to get ahead of the game and gain some vital skills that will help them throughout their school and adult life is by joining the student council. Indeed, the student council isn’t for everyone, and, unfortunately, there isn’t room for everyone who wants to join, so students willing to get involved need to show a certain level of enthusiasm. The student council is there to teach students responsibility, prepare them for the future, and give them the fundamental skills and knowledge of a leader. Today, we will discuss the benefits that joining the student council can give your child.

The benefits of joining the student council and the positive impact it can have on a student’s life

When a student decides to become fully active in their school environment, they are not only learning skills that will help them in later life; they are one step closer to becoming a leader. We have watched hundreds of students thrive from being part of the council. It is renowned for enhancing their school life and confidence and helping them grow into the best person they can be. Here are a few of the incredible benefits that the student council offers children who participate.

Decision-making – Members of the student council will be actively involved in making important decisions on behalf of their peers. They have to communicate with and represent their class and their year group. Council members soon learn to contemplate what is best for everyone in the school.

Collaboration and teamwork – Like any council, there are several members with different points of view. This means they will need to learn to work well with others and think empathetically about how they might see certain situations differently. This turns children into excellent team players. There aren’t many school programs that can teach a child to collaborate this well with others.

Problem-solving and critical thinking – When dealing with several school-wide issues that affect everyone, members of the student council will need to think flexibly to come up with solutions. This is a brilliant way to give children the skills to deal with numerous situations. Everything children work on in the student council is different, so the skills they learn in problem-solving and critical thinking can be almost endless.

Excellent communication – Students in the council will be responsible for communicating with their peers and relaying ideas to other members with absolute clarity. Furthermore, their communication will go far beyond their peers. Depending on what they are tasked with, they will need to work with teachers, leadership, and outside organisations. This will prepare them to be confident in approaching anyone they need to throughout school and beyond.

Organisation skills – Unfortunately, members of the student council don’t have all the time in the world to complete projects. This means that they will learn to use their time efficiently and develop tremendous organisational skills to do so. Students often struggle with this when they join, but it doesn’t take them long to learn that it is the only way to succeed in being a student council member.

Negotiation and mediation – As many of us have probably learned the hard way, bickering doesn’t tend to solve problems. Thankfully, children adapt fast, and they will soon learn to come to calm and reasonable resolution with their peers over matters they might not necessarily agree on. This is one skill that every leader must possess. Their communication with both peers and council members will also turn them into fantastic mediators.

Event planning – A considerable part of the student council is helping organise school events. This can range from family fun days and sports events to field trips. Students will learn about all the aspects that must be thoroughly thought through when planning these big days.

Finance management – Student council is one of the only times children will be exposed to real-life money management. They will learn to budget accordingly when it comes to planning school events and dealing with various other real life situations. Unfortunately for many, these skills are gained the difficult way during early adulthood, but student council will give them the best head start possible, putting them far in front of any of their peers.

Time management – When working with the student council, you work to tight deadlines. Of course, this is something that students do learn through schoolwork and assessments, but the projects they get involved in with the council are usually driven by personal passions. Working towards a goal they have decided on with their peers instils a particular pride they might not always find through class work. Thus, their time management skills will become a great deal better than ever before.

Networking – The student council also acts as an additional way to bond with students across every year group. The friends made in the student council often become friends for life, so this is a brilliant networking opportunity to form a solid friendship group that will most likely stay in touch throughout university and employment. We don’t know where our children will be when they grow up, but we do know that it is better to get there with a diverse network of close friends.

Resilience and adaptability – There are many challenges that students will face when part of the student council. Sometimes they are apparent, but often they come entirely unexpected. Whatever these challenges are, your child will learn to overcome them. This is a fantastic way to create a reliant and adaptable student.

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Being a part of the student council is the perfect way for children to gain all the qualities above and much more. There is no other way for students to gain such a great understanding and appreciation of the importance of everyone involved in creating a fantastic educational environment. If you would like to find out more about what life at an international school can offer your child, contact Bangkok Prep today. Our experienced team is proud to offer only the best level of education, guidance, and enrichment to every one of our students.

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