Arjun Yadav

Reflecting on the Student Council

Feb 12, 2023

As I exit my junior year of high school, I'm grateful to have gotten a taste of what true leadership looks like: after coordinating numerous events and being part of several more, I feel that I've learnt some valuable lessons that I wish to document and share here.

Lesson 1 - Your event is only as good as its documents are.

Out of the countless things you'll have to organise for an event - documents are vital.

As I was organising my first open mic for my school's environment club, I learnt that having a mental note of all your documents and making sure they're available at a moment's notice is critical for a smooth flow. A whole event can get cancelled just because of incompetence with documents.

Always keep your documents organised.

Lesson 2 - Designing Instagram posts

I'm somewhat unique in my school, and one of the contributing factors to that is my relationship with Instagram. I do have a few accounts for clubs and projects that I manage, e.g.: SOLARIS but I do not have a personal one (nor a spam one!).

Yet, I strongly believe that, regardless of your role in an event, you must achieve mastery in at least having a feel for what good social media posts look like (even better if you can learn to design them effectively!).

The best suite of tools for getting your head around social media (at least for me) has been Figma for designing in general and GIMP as a poor man's Photoshop for photo editing.

'Lesson' 3 - Voice messages

Less of a lesson and more of something that I've realized: Previously, I had never used the voice message feature on WhatsApp. Besides not particularly liking the timbre of my voice, I always found it a waste of time for both ends of the message.

Well, that changes drastically when you're constantly leading something. Suddenly, it became less of a waste of time from your end to send voice messages.

I'm not exactly sure at what point in time did WhatsApp allow you to control the speed of a voice message - but to the development team that must have worked tirelessly on that feature, thank you.