Michael Daniel


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?

The main concern I believe students in SAF are currently facing is an environment of competitiveness. Just from my first year alone, I felt the negative impact this competitive spirit can have on the livelihood of students. I believe that too many students compare themselves with other people and are often too hard on themselves. As such, they get overly stressed when they see others succeed and do things they often shouldn't do, in order to help strive for their own personal success. I personally believe that the root of this competitiveness truly starts off in first year, continuing throughout the program. Therefore, my solution for fixing this issue is to have a speaker series with first years about this issue and have a panel of upper year students give their own thoughts and experiences on this topic. I feel in doing so, first years will be able to combat the competitive spirit in the SAF programs, and overall become a closer community.

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

Personally, I am running for VP External for several reasons. To begin, as a member of the Corporate Relations committee, I believe that both AFSA External and Corporate Relations unnecessarily diversified their committee objectives this year. For example, Corporate Relations held an event called "Real Talks", which I believe was an effective and useful event, but I felt it was more suited for Internal Services. As a result of taking on a wide range of roles, these two committees struggled to achieve their core objectives. As such, I am running for VP External to help bring a focus for the committee. This being that AFSA External should narrow their focus on raising money for countless charities, as well as attaining sponsorship for large AFSA events, such as Tax Clinic. In doing so, it will incorporate the best of both worlds from both the External and Corporate Relations committees.

Place your platform for your position here:

I believe there are countless reasons as to why you should vote me for VP of External. To begin, I am a hard-working and dedicated individual, who will do his best for AFSA External. I am committed to enriching your experiences in the School of Accounting and Finance, and to help further create a single community for all of SAF. As a member of the School of Accounting and Finance Fellowship program, I believe that I had the opportunity to showcase the leadership ability necessary for being a productive VP of External. From tutoring students long after scheduled hours to holding question and answer periods while touring future waterloo students, I have always showed an interest in lending a helping hand and making sacrifices for the betterment of others. Regarding my direction for AFSA External, I see increasing the productivity of this committee as the main goal. By narrowing the focus and core responsibilities for the committee, I see AFSA External being able to help countless individuals. This specifically means that If I were elected VP of AFSA External, that I would have the committee hold creative and fun fundraisers to raise money for various charities, as well as obtain sponsorships for large AFSA events such as Tax Clinic. All in all, I believe that you should vote for me because I am truly passionate towards the Accounting and Finance Student Association, and will go above and beyond to ensure every student in the School of Accounting and Finance has the chance to make an experience that will last for a lifetime. Thank you for your consideration!