Parshv Shah

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Position you are running for: VP Marketing

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

In my opinion, the main concerns for SAF students include the lack of awareness of events/activities organized by SAF clubs and the common stereotype that SAF students are cutthroat and overly competitive with one another. To increase awareness of events, a strong channel of communication is needed between students and the clubs which could range from classic social media advertising to partnerships between SAF clubs. This would appeal to a wider demographic of students inside SAF and promote extracurricular activities as an integral part of being successful. The competitiveness is healthy to have in any university but students need to be shown the lighter side of SAF through starting a variety of new initiatives. These include a video version of Humans of SAF, a snapchat filter for the school and bi-weekly alumni profiles to show the students that SAF is not all about competition but rather is a community which supports growth, mentorship, teamwork and is inclusive of all students.

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

Over the past 8 months, I have been on AFSA as a Photographer. Photography for me has been a way to see the emotions and expressions of people through my camera lens that I would not otherwise notice.From taking pictures for various events throughout the year to running Humans of SAF, AFSA and the School of Accounting and Finance have become a part of who I am. By successfully producing campaigns for various organizations and companies over the last 3 years, I have developed the ability to adapt to any problem and produce exceptional results. Since I have seen everything from happiness to excitement to grief in SAF students in a way no one else has, I have the perspective and vision needed to evoke change within our community which is why I am running for Vice President of Marketing. I see the need to improve how Marketing functions from the delegation of tasks to how information is communicated between different committees to ensure events run smoothly and AFSA’s reputation be upheld.

Place your platform for your position here:

When I joined AFSA, my goal was to take pictures for the committee at different events. As I progressed through first term, I saw how AFSA was bringing students closer together to form strong relationships and it was something I wanted to be a part of. During second term, I noticed that certain areas of the committee could be improved, thus motivating me to run for Vice President of Marketing giving me the chance to improve the committee by implementing strong communication between executive team and general members as well as developing partnerships between SAF clubs to ensure coherence. This would help AFSA achieve its objectives and provide superior events for SAF students.

Throughout my first year in AFM, I have met and made personal connections with numerous students across SAF who have voiced their concerns, ideas, suggestions and solutions. All of which, are extremely important for the overall growth of students within the SAF community. I can’t promise to get rid of 8:30 classes but I can promise that by voting for me, you will have a person in your corner who will listen to your opinions and act on them to bring change to the School of Accounting and Finance. You don’t want someone who will just be Vice President for the resume credentials but rather someone you have seen at almost all of the AFSA events taking pictures and attending because of his/her passion for the organization and most importantly the people in the organization.

I may not be perfect but what I can tell you is that once I am committed to a task, I see it through all the way no matter the obstacles. If you are still debating who to vote for, ask around and I am sure any conversation you have with someone else about my experience and commitment will lead you right back to voting for me.

Let’s make this happen together, you vote for me and I will use your voice to make a change so Vote Parshv Shah for Vice President of Marketing and you will not regret it!