Syed Shan Tariq

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

I believe the incomplete knowledge of how to tackle specific courses topped by the pressure of keeping up with social life is the main concern of the students in SAF. Most of my friends who are in AFM, they fail to realize that every course has its unique way of approaching it and you cannot carry a single proven strategy of one course to other courses. Those students who are friends with upper year SAF students are at advantage because they have some mentors to guide them, but most of the students are lost academically. If I become the board of director, I will make sure every year at the start of the term, all the senior SAF students who took the course last term, and scored top marks, share their approaches of tackling that course, so students are not lost and they at least have a general idea as to how to prepare for that course.

What do you know about the roles and responsibilities of a Board of Director? In addition to general executive oversight and advocacy, what are some tangible deliverables that you would “want to see happen” during your 12 months as a Board of Director?

Although the role of BoD is strategic, they carry out many other tasks as well to make sure AFSA is running smoothly and is adding value to the students’ lives. As mentioned in the description also, a BoD will help in producing annual Audit Reports as well as provide recommendations on strategic options. BoD is a kind of trustee of the Fund who has the responsibility of approving budgets the executive committee sets. They are also responsible for providing a timely mechanism by which AFSA can address the student feedback properly. Lastly, as part of succession planning to make sure AFSA is run by the capable people who have the potential of taking it forward, we have to identify and build people to act as the BoD for the following year after we leave.
I would like to see a newsletter at the start of every term in which top students in each course who just finished that course last term provides insights and tips as to how to prepare for those specific courses and what to expect in exams and in class. This will provide a boost in confidence of the coming students and will save them time figuring out the right approach by trial and error on their own.

Place your platform for your position here:

I believe the incomplete knowledge of how to tackle specific courses topped by the pressure of keeping up with social life is the main concern of the students in SAF. Most of my friends who are in AFM, they fail to realize that every course has its unique way of approaching it and you cannot carry a single proven strategy of one course to other courses. Those students who are friends with upper year SAF students are at advantage because they have some mentors to guide them, but most of the students are lost academically. If I become the board of director, I will make sure every year at the start of the term, all the senior SAF students who took the course last term, and scored top marks, share their approaches of tackling that course, so students are not lost and they at least have a general idea as to how to prepare for that course.