2012-2013 student campaigns start Wednesday, and so will the campus campaign hype.
Many freshmen come to college ready to dive head first into campus government but rarely know what it entails.
Running for office can be a large commitment. Similar to “real” politics, it involves campaigning, support, budgeting, stamina, and determination.
It’s important to evaluate your interest level before running for a position. Keep in mind that you’re the only one who will be campaigning. You are the only one who will be filling this position. You are a student first, and many of these positions can be time consuming.
First, research each position; talk to individuals who have already filled these positions, and talk to your adviser about your schedule before you rush into a position.
“Remember that this is a sacrifice of time, precious time,” said Korbin Miles, 21, a former senator and fourth-year public relations student from Tallahassee.
Communicate with your professors what you are running for and why. As mentioned before, you’re a student first. Doing well in class is your first priority. If you missed class to campaign, your professors will be unforgiving.
Find issues on campus that you would like to address and are unique to your personality. Understand those issues you choose and your reasons for running because they will help you defend your position during the race.
“ To know your constituency, is to know their issues,” said Marquise McMiller, 20, a former senator and third-year pre-law student from Gary, Ind.
Preparing for the rigor of campaign week will be one of the most tiring and time consuming weeks of the year.
Finding a solid campaign team can be achieved by hosting an interest meeting. After forming your team, figuring out everyone’s schedules can help take pressure off of you so everyone can help with the load. A campaign team is your support system and its purpose is to help you spread your platform.
Running for a position will cost you money, but do not overspend. The necessities of any campaign include posters and fliers. Make sure you check with the Office of Student Activities to keep in line with the rules and regulations.
You can find all the qualifications, position descriptions and GPA requirements in the Office of Student Activities. Each position requires a different amount of terms. If your GPA drops you’ll lose your position, which will be public for the purpose of finding a replacement
“Be realistic and be excited. People take themselves too seriously,” said Demetria Wright, a former senator and graduate of Florida A&M. “If you really want to make a difference, you can do that serving in any capacity.”