Esther Kwon

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Position you are running for: VP Internal Services

What do you believe are the main concerns for students in SAF right now? How would you like to approach fixing them?

I believe that the main concern for students in SAF is in obtaining a co-op job in a firm with a good reputation. Because of the competitive nature of SAF, students may feel both internal and external pressure throughout their studies and set high expectations for themselves. Not only are the students concerned with finding a co-op job, but they are also worried about the firm in which they will end up working in. Although this pressure may be a source of motivation, students should look to see how they can contribute to the company, instead of the name-value the company provides. Given that Internal Services is a committee tailored to providing career development workshops, we are in the position to better address this norm by inviting mentors with a plethora of experience from various industries and introducing various career paths that alumni or seniors have taken in the past. I hope this will broaden the perspective of students, that there are a variety of good co-op jobs than the traditional firms that we are familiar with and encourage them to network with various industry professionals and obtain a co-op job that suits them.

Why are you running for this position? (experience, background & motivation)

I am running for this position because of the great experience I've had as a student and as a committee member in Internal Services. Before entering AFM, I was inspired by the opportunities that the students had in serving the community through initiatives such as the Tax Clinic. My decision to join the IS committee helped turn my goals in serving the community into reality. As a co-deputy and project manager for AFSA Tax Clinic, I've not only been able to serve the community of Kitchener-Waterloo but also helped my peers gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of taxation. Also, being able to get involved in clubs early in my first year allowed me to meet and form close relationships with committee members. If given the opportunity to be VP Internal Services, I would like to be the one to give the incoming SAF students the same warm welcome that I received during my first year.

Place your platform for your position here:

Reform events so that CFM, Biotech/CPA, and Math/CPA students have better access to workshops:
According to past attendance records at the workshops we've hosted, the majority of those who came were AFM students. Although the primary focus of our events was to support all first-year SAF students, few Math/CPA, Biotech/CPA and CFM students are aware of our events and have the motivation to attend our workshops. To increase attendance among these students, I will push for Internal Services to design specific workshops which will better aim to fulfill the desire of these students (i.e. a coding workshop, similar to the purpose of the excel workshop we've held in the past) and improve the promotions of our events by using social media channels of organizations that Math/CPA, Biotech/CPA, and CFM students are involved in. I want to help more students take advantage of the benefits that our events provide, by emphasizing that our career development workshops are designed for everyone in the SAF community.

Better represent SAF student's concerns and opinions:
We are all aware that some students have already voiced their displeasure with the crews system. Although we are aware of its placement with good intentions: to facilitate effective communication between students and administration, it still requires some time to settle in. Therefore, I believe that committees should work alongside crews as a liaison between the student body and the administration, to better represent the concerns, ideas, and the opinions of the students in detail. To do so, I will have committee members report general concerns that they feel the need to be addressed during weekly meetings after they come from their respective crew meetings so that these responses can be cumulated and reported to the president of AFSA, whom can communicate these issues to administration.