Leading the way

Leading the way

The academic year has begun and most colleges have reopened. For college students
across the City, there is much to look forward to and one of them is the student union elections.

Apart from the fact that elections in campuses are a lot of fun, they also nurture the democratic spirit among the students and mould them to be future leaders of the

Those youngsters, who have contested college elections, and those who haven’t, have their own views on the importance of the process, the creativity involved in it and how they look forward to it.  

Insightful exercise
Jane Oviya E, a student of CMR University says, “Student union elections are similar to elections in a Democracy. It gives students an insight into the process of choosing the right candidate. The one who is capable of leading by example usually gets chosen. Most youngsters who are elected on campus usually fulfill their promises. It also teaches students not to be selfish and to work for the larger good.” 

Tall promises
Arjun P, a student of second pre-university, Narayana PU College says, “I have never stood for elections, so I don’t know what it is like to contest an election. However, I’ve worked for my classmates who have stood and won. Being elected as a student leader, clearly shows that the person has the ability to lead. The challenge is to translate words into actions and this can’t be done alone. The leader must learn to work with a group of people and understand them.”

Setting an example
Tarun U Naidu, a student of second pre-university, at Narayana PU College says, “I’ve been a part of student elections and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of campaigning for my friends and even standing as a candidate. It teaches you to be more responsible about what you say and be accountable for your actions. You tend to take your work as a leader pretty seriously and learn to manage different people and their requirements.”

A colourful picture
Tanya Chhabria, a student of Mount Carmel College says, “Student elections always create a colourful picture in any college campus. In Mount Carmel College, these days, the maximum votes are earned by those with brains and have a great personality at the same time. But there is also a downside to it. During election campaigns, when posters are made, a lot of paper wastage happens. This should be avoided by all means.” 

Collective voice
Syed Shahabuddin, a student of CMR University says, “Those elected during student union elections make a lot of promises and fortunately, most of them abide by them. A student representative is the voice of the larger group and acts as bridge between the management and the students. If I get a chance, I would definitely like to stand for elections just for the experience. The process definitely helps build good leaders.”

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