Behind the badge
I vividly remember the day I received my badge. The whole school had assembled. The principal started giving away the badges.
My name was announced. It was a moment of glory. I had waited with apprehension. I knew that I had been selected to be a Prefect; but never did I expect that I would be honoured with the post of the ``Vice Head Girl''.
I was overjoyed when I received my badge. I felt immensely proud that the principal and teachers had considered me worthy of shouldering such a responsibility.
The first few days I was bathed in the pleasure of being respected and admired by one and all.
But very soon I realised that this privilege came hand in hand with tough responsibility. I remembered the famous quote:
"``Uneasy lies the head which wears the crown'' and understood its true meaning.
Suddenly expectations went up! I had to do my duty as well as manage my studies. In the beginning I found it very stressful. But gradually I got used to it and now am able to cope with it.
Holding a high position is not easy. I am expected to lead a team. Besides, I have to persuade and convince other students to maintain discipline and follow the rules and regulations laid down by the school. This is not a piece of cake! I have to be strict without offending anybody.
I try my level best to come up to the expectations of my teachers. And, if I may use a French expression, I derive immense `joie de vivre' in doing my duties.
Dharini Ganesh, XI
Noida: Cambridge School
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