This morning is the usual morning for almost all cities in my country. Cold and almost damp, with bone-chilling air. I got on my motorcycle and went to school after parting words with my parents. I took the usual road to school, and arrived early. That morning I knew that I wouldn’t be attending any classes because of the student council, so last night I made a portfolio report for the first class in the morning, Biology. I submitted a paper about square watermelons from Japan and the teacher, Mr. Akhlas seemed happy with it so I didn’t feel guilty when summoned by one of the student council officials for literally jump out from the class.
Therefore, the member of student council in my class went to the student council’s office, or rather small room. We’ve being gathered in front of the student council office, on a busy Friday because It’s because tomorrow is the long-planned and the peak of our student council work, or some might say their last duty, but there are still a lot of work, really. It’s the annual Student Council’s Art Exhibition. No, it’s not the school’s. We student council actually only “borrowed” the school grounds. They aren’t much of a help either anyway. We have big burden on our shoulders’ for this year’s Exhibit, because of the successful one last year made by the student council alumnus. They even went on journey made on the profits from the Exhibit.
In the student council, I’m in the 6th division, Equipment section. We have the most 5 active student council member other than the Student Council’s President, because every week we do the set up for morning ceremony. And if this kind of event comes through, we (usually) be the ones that “came first, left last”. However, for this Exhibit, only 3 of us stayed as the event organizer member. Because in the first Student Council meeting for deciding EO member, the other 2 resigned from the EO member (Or rather didn’t sign up at first).
Back to the Friday meeting, it was rather easy-going, although there was a bit of tension when the supervising teacher scolded us. It was rather a talk-of-fact, really. We’re always being easy-going, and made less than maximal effort for the fund raising, which might made the supervisor upset because she had to took the school official’s insult words. Afterward, we spread out to the city at about 9AM. I didn’t get the spread-out task, so I just took a nap at the student council’s room, occasionally giving help to the staying Student Council staff if needed. It was boring. I hoped I have the spread-out task. Then, at noon, someone said that she needed a measuring tape, so I said I’ll bring mine and got the permission to go back home. But before going home, the Event Coordinator said to me to be at school by 2PM. I said okay, but in the end I took care of my motorcycle and do some gaming and got to school again at 3PM. I handed the measuring tape, and loll around afterward. I did help to prepare a menu for my class café, though. Later on, about 6PM, I returned home for a bit to switch vehicle. I have been using my father’s motorcycle, but because the tasks I did in the afternoon, I can use my own motorcycle now.
I went back to school at 7PM. It’s still crowded, at least for a public high school at that hour. There were people rigging up the main stage, and busy securities setting up barricades to limit the visitors’ access. We wouldn’t want outsider to loot from our classes. At 8PM, most of the student council’s members are gone home. I went to the city’s border to drive my friend back to his house to take his forgotten thing. In addition, to the Student Council President’s house, just for fun. We’ve been friends since elementary school so it’s normal. I got back at school at 10PM. There’s nothing much left to do so the staying overnight EO members (There were 6 members staying) took a rest in their own favorite position after patrolling the school. I took the Student Council’s office, because the medical room was full with School’s Red Cross junior members. That night was awful. Mosquitoes won’t stop attacking us. Mosquitoes-repellant lotion didn’t work either. I only got about 2-3 hours of sleep that night.
In the morning, it’s a bit unorganized for us staying EO members. Some of us went home while the President and I had breakfast nearby the school. Near that hospital, we saw other schools’ students in their way to school. He said that he’s worried about this Exhibit because from the outside, it doesn’t looks like that our school is having an event of sort. Even though you can hear guitar overdrives from the sound checking crew on stage…
2 hours before the event started, most of the EO members (staying overnight or not) are in briefing room with the supervising teacher. We were given the basic rules of “not leaving your posts” and “do your own job”. After the briefing, some of us prepared the field by spraying water over it, and there are those who prepared the ticketing matter. It was exciting for us, all that work over 6 months will be paid with this one event. Whether we can pay them is another thing, but still, it won’t work if today’s event has any problems.
Soon, the ticket box was open at 9AM. The café worker hurried to finish their preparations. Vendors entered the ground with their own cart and were given 3 x 3 meters space for their own.
The event started with words from the head of EO by Student Council, Kevin. Then it’s filled with local bands and shows from the school’s extracurricular group. So far so good, nothing went wrong. We might be off the schedule for few minutes, but it can’t be helped with so many people involved in the event. My part is documentation. I have nothing to do but wander around taking pictures of interesting things. I’m saving my battery for the main guest star, but it seems the camcorder holder didn’t think of saving space for them. Too bad.
Finally, the guest star arrived. As a fan of J-Pop myself, I can’t say I like hip-hop much, but the crowd made it looks interesting. As EO members, we stand guard in front of the stage with the securities. I took many pictures in these 2 sessions.
There were problems though. The securities had to deal with drunken visitors and fighting audience. Not to mention the generator failure. Some says it’s sabotage, but leave the propaganda and conspiracy theory to those who care. At least the event went well. Nobody got hurt except maybe the star’s feeling. It must feel bad to suddenly stop playing at the peak of the song like that. They closed their performance half-heartedly. I’d be too if I were them.
After the event closed by the host, the school ground was full of exhausted people. The visitors might have left, but we EO member still have work to do. We took pictures together with the main guest star in the library. I’m not a fan so it’s okay if I didn’t get a signature on my shirt. From there, most of us went back to the Student Council office and had dinner-lunch. (It was lunch at 7PM). De-brief with the supervising teacher, went home and at last I can go to sleep in my room.終り