Elections at Glendon are not something I’m unfamiliar with! This year is a bit different for me because I’ll be voting from overseas, but that does not mean I’ll be any less interested in the candidates, their platforms, and what they have to offer to our community. Whether you’re running for a position or just a voter, read on for some words of advice (and definitely some things I wish I had kept in mind) from someone who’s been through it once or twice. 😉
Advice for candidates:
1. When it comes to campaigning, sometimes less is more. Social media can be your best friend, but it can also be your worst enemy. Be careful of what you post, and how often you post!
2. Be friendly with your fellow candidates!
3. Work hard to reach outside of your social circles. Don’t count on just your friends or fellow residents to get you the winning votes!
4. Do not ask people if they’re voting for you! It could create a very awkward situation.
5. Be prepared for debate questions such as “If you could be any flavour of ice cream, which would it be and why?” IT HAPPENED.
Advice for voters:
1. If you can, go see the candidates’ speeches. It will give you so much more insight into the candidates’ platforms than any Facebook event or page ever will.
2. Don’t feel obligated to tell someone that you’re going to vote for them when you’re really not sure yet. A simple “I’m still deciding” is not the wrong answer!
3. Get to know the candidates who are unfamiliar to you. There could be a serious gem hiding in there somewhere while you’re getting distracted by your friends’ campaigns!
With that, I’d like to wish everyone running in these elections the best of luck. There’s so many of you and it’s going to be very exciting to see the outcome! Just remember that there are so many ways to get involved at Glendon aside from the GCSU, so don’t close your doors here. Bon courage!
PS. look what I found! Wasn’t I just adorable?