Jeremy Mai

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Position you are running for: VP External

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

From what I have experienced in my first year as a student in the AFM program, I believe one of the biggest concerns that is on every SAF student’s mind is that they feel inferior to others if they don’t get a co-op placement at one of the big four accounting firms in their first year. I think that this big four or bust mentality is very bad for students and can place an enormous amount of stress upon the students. In order for this to change, it has to come from above. When we, as upper years, talk to incoming first years about finding a co-op placement, we must ensure that they understand and recognize the many different opportunities that are out there besides the big four and that working at a small or medium-sized firm is nothing to be ashamed of.

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

I am running for the VP External position because volunteering and helping the community has always been something that I am passionate about. The motivation behind my drive and passion for giving back to the community is because the communities that I live in has given so much help and support to my family when we first immigrated to Canada. Throughout my childhood, I have been contributing to my community through mainly my church and school. I was an executive member of the Community Council in my high school where we focused on raising awareness for issues in the global community while also organizing fundraising throughout the year to raise money for local and international charities. Furthermore, I have also been a member of the Scouts Canada organization for 8 years where I helped plan and execute a variety of annual volunteering events such as making handmade Christmas gifts for a local senior home. I believe my skills and experiences in conjunction with my eager and open attitude towards learning will prove to be an excellent match as an ideal candidate for this position.

Place your platform for your position here:

Hey SAF! My name is Jeremy Mai and I am currently a first year AFM student hoping to represent all of YOU next year as the VP of External. I want to have the opportunity to become more involved within the SAF community and work alongside my team to bring this committee to new heights.

What are my goals for the year?

I have 3 main goals that I want to focus on achieving as the VP of External.

1. I want to dedicate more time and effort into further expanding and developing AFSA’s Goes for Gold program. I want to ensure that there will be more opportunities for future SAF students to participate in conferences held by external university as I believe it is a great way for students to expand their professional network and enhance their skill sets. Not only that, I want to ensure that the logistics and selection process is more transparent so that everyone is given a fair chance to partake in this program.

2. Volunteering and community service is something that I have a deep passion for and I want to share that passion with all of the students at the school of accounting and finance. How I am planning to do that is to create a bulletin in every major SAF building called the “Community Hub” where students can find many different volunteering opportunities within the UW campus and in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. For the upcoming year, my goal is to also have at least one event per month that is related to fundraising for a local or international charity or raising awareness of issues that are currently taking place around the world. One of the events that I have planned is to host a campus wide garbage clean-up in the fall season as I believe it is our responsibility, as humans, to keep this earth clean and sustainable for future generations. And I think it would be a great event for people to come out and meet some new friends while helping out the community.

3. I want to strengthen the connections that AFSA has built with the businesses in the surrounding Kitchener-Waterloo Community. Finding and establishing new partnerships with restaurants in the region and having them implemented into the AFSA black card will also be one of my major focuses for the school year. I am confident that I will be able to add at least 10 new restaurant partnership to the AFSA Black Card within the span of the next year.

By electing me as VP of External, I will work hard to ensure that all my platform goals are met and that this year will be OUR year. We're all in this together, let me lead the way.