A brainwave (courtesy of a good friend of mine) this morning – the KZN10 head boys are winding up their year as leaders of the 2018 student body so an opportune time to ask them 3 quick questions – what they have learnt about leadership, what was a year highlight, and what advice would they give to the 2019 head boy:
Here’s Michaelhouse Senior Prefect William Norton:
KZN10.com: Hi Will, what are your thoughts on the questions I have posed to you?
1. The biggest thing I will take away from this year is learning how to deal and interact with people on many different levels.
You are always put in situations which aren’t necessarily in your comfort zone but you’ve got to learn to trust yourself and believe in yourself.
By talking to people and seeing how the world operates in more detail, you are able to learn immense amounts and continue to grow as a person.
Michaelhouse has given me the opportunity to learn so much about myself and also about the people around me and I will be forever grateful for that.
2. My highlight of the year would have to be the war cries at the second Hilton vs Michaelhouse fixture.
Although we hadn’t had a great season, the boys sang, danced and cheered like no other and that was one of those special moments where you realise that Michaelhouse is so much more than just a school!
3. Some key advice that I think would help the incoming Senior Prefect and School Prefects would be to be yourself.
Do not try to be like anyone else and copy what previous people have done. Rather make the role your own – because you have been put in this position for a reason.
Believing in yourself is a key aspect – and making the most of every opportunity is also absolutely crucial because the time really does fly by.
I hope this is alright sir.
* Thanks Will, you have certainly had the effect of making me look at my own life and given me pointers on how to improve communication and interpersonal relations.
Much obliged and best wishes for UCT next year. See you at Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week.