Hi Merage students~ my name is Ryan Rafati and I am excited to be running as your next MUSA Executive Vice President!
As your former Vice President of Finance, I realized early on that being in this role was so much more than just managing a budget or representing Merage. Through various MUSA events and meeting Merage students from various backgrounds, I became fully aware of our school’s consistent development and growth. It shows in our students, our classes, and our Merage culture every single quarter. If given the opportunity to serve as your Executive Vice President, I hope to continue fostering this growth.
If elected, I aspire to elevate our school’s current environment by providing more opportunities for students to utilize and enhance their personal and professional skills. Within the MUSA Associates program, I aim to push students beyond their comfort zones and create new professional programs for our Merage community. Within our Merage classes, I aim to boost student morale with class snacks, scantrons, and other student necessities. And lastly, within the overall Merage community, I strive to increase social events and networking opportunities to amplify Merage spirit.
Thanks for reading and if you ever see me on campus, please don’t be shy to say hi!
Hi Merage community!
My name is Catherine Nguyen, and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Internal Relations for 2020-2021. I am a first-year Business Administration student interested in marketing and HR!
Currently, I am involved in the MUSA Representatives program which aims to connect first year BA/BIM students with the vast array of resources Merage offers! As a Representative, my team and I are collaboratively leading a “BONDfire” initiative to expose first-years, regardless of major, to emphases Merage offers and potential fields of interest! This past year, I was a part of the PINK Campus Representatives team and an AMP mentee, and I currently work as a Program Services Assistant at the Fully Employed MBA office!
As VP of Internal Relations, I want to encourage first-years to explore and be receptive to all viable career opportunities despite the temptation to be set on one dream position and company. I plan to provide the upcoming class with an invaluable first-hand experience of multiple industries by introducing stimulating professional activities and continuing our Club Exploration Initiative. Ultimately, I strive to emphasize that success and personal fulfillment comes from our own genuine passions! Through elevated teamwork and inclusive efforts, I hope to use my fresh perspective in the program to foster heightened communication skills between Representatives who will in turn prosper into confident individuals ready to tackle the business world.
The MUSA Representatives program transformed my first-year experience, and I strive to “Inspire the New Wave” of Representatives!
Through my past experience within the Merage community and my passion of building relationships, forming connections, and fostering synergy, I believe that I will be able to thrive under the position of Vice-President of Internal Relations. From my experience in campus organizations, I have developed and honed my skills in cultivating internal culture, project management, and leadership. Additionally, my strong value in the idea of mentorship strengthens my desire to successfully structure and execute the MUSA Representatives Program, which is under the direct responsibility of this position.
Having been a part of the MUSA community through my experience as a MUSA Representative and a MUSA Associate, I believe that I have the knowledge and the insights needed to successfully carry out the duties expected and beyond that of the Vice-President of Internal Relations.
My drive to be continuously involved in the Merage community stems from my value in culture and joy of forming interpersonal relationships. Whether it is in order to gain a new perspective, form a valuable connection, or convey one’s passion through story-telling, I have always found an invaluable importance in building culture through forming and strengthening bonds between community members. I hope that this short story was enough to persuade you in my genuine desire to serve as your Vice-President of Internal Relations.
Thank you and vote for John Kim as your Vice-President of Internal Relations!
Hello Merage Community!
My name is Vianna Dang, and I’m a first year business administration major hoping to be your Vice President of External Relations. This position will merge my interests in producing aesthetic visuals and being apart of the Merage community with the goal of developing the skills of our students. I am currently a part of the MUSA reps program where I have had the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow reps to organize fundraisers and events while receiving mentorship under the MUSA board. Being given the chance to plan an event from start to finish has allowed me to practice creating marketing materials as well as challenge myself to come up with new forms of engagement with the student body. I hope to use this position to increase student participation in Merage events, and help them realize the extent of resources available to them.
Currently, I am also trying to develop my interests through UFA, Hedge Fund Society, and VSA while at the same time staying involved and prioritizing my involvement in the MUSA reps program and their events. I hope to serve as your VP of External Relations where I plan to push participation with organizations like these that offer rewarding relationships and skills valuable to our journey as Merage students.
Thank you and remember to vote Vianna Dang!
Hello! My name is Julie Luu and I am a first-year Business Administration major interested in marketing or hospital administration. I am hoping to join MUSA Board as the Vice President of Communications. During my fall and winter quarter, I participated in the MUSA Representatives program, which was a great introduction to the Merage Undergraduate Student Association and its mission to provide Merage students with high-quality opportunities and resources. During the program, I worked with a team to plan an event for integrating first-year undergraduate Merage students into the business community. While working with my team members on projects, I recognized how essential communication is for productivity and efficiency. It is one of the core values that I hope to facilitate if I am elected as VP of Communication.
Outside of MUSA, I am also involved in a professional business fraternity on campus called Delta Sigma Pi. My experience in the organization has helped me recognize my strength in staying organized, which will allow me to execute the daily tasks expected from VP of Communications. However, I will not limit myself to the stated duties of the position and will interact with other Board members to improve aspects of Merage that I believe is lacking. For example, I hope to employ marketing strategies that I have learned in Delta Sigma Pi to further MUSA’s presence on campus. I will work hard to cultivate a better environment for Merage students and humbly ask for your vote. Thank you.
The Merage Undergraduate Student Association has always been a part of my undergraduate life, from my first year as a representative to my current position as an associate. I chose to stay in MUSA since it has helped me with my personal and professional growth. In these fruitful two years, I have been looking for a way to give back to the community and leave a meaningful impact on other individuals and organizations. If I were elected as the Vice President of Finance, I have a multitude of ideas for capital raising that can be used to host a wide variety of events, allowing for the organization to freely plan events for students. Given that I have been in the organization since the beginning of my undergraduate studies, I have seen two cycles of internal changes in MUSA. In addition, as the Vice President of Finance for the Undergraduate Finance Association, I bring experience in budgeting and managing financial accounts; furthermore, I also have an external perspective of how MUSA affects club organizations as well. I hope to be given the opportunity to help MUSA grow forward while I try to give back to the organization where it all started.
My name is Connie Wu and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Academic Affairs. Given the chance, my goal is to become a resource for you, the Merage students, to utilize in order to further your aspirations.
As a first-gen and transfer student, I have gained many opportunities to navigate multiple education systems, work with people from all ages and backgrounds, and pursue my passion for giving back. All these opportunities have reinforced my open-mindedness and willingness to support you all.
During my time at UCI, I have been able to explore the various opportunities for growth through Leadership Experience and Development for Success (LEADS), BA Career Launch, and Bridge to Success. Utilizing these numerous resources available at Merage has not only opened my mind, but it also has fostered much growth. So, I hope to be able to take that and the knowledge I have gained at previous schools to challenge myself to rise above and beyond your expectations to support the community.
I am committed to your success, so please feel free to reach out to me through Linkedin (www.linkedin.com/in/clwu) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Connie.L.Wu).
Thank you very much for reading this. I truly appreciate it!
If you didn’t know already, Paul Merage is focused on creating “Leadership for a Digitally Driven World”. As a candidate for your VP of Technology, it is my role to ensure that all of you are getting just that through the MUSA website as well as other technology services in MUSA events and programs!
Here’s a little more about me! My name is Joshua Tong, and I am currently a second-year business administration student with an emphasis in marketing. Being a previous MUSA Student Representative and current MUSA Associate has given me a better insight into working behind the scenes and knowledge about the ins and outs of MUSA. With that, I hope to implement what I learned from my ASUCI’s Media & Technology team to give all of you the best service possible via technological means! My experience in restructuring and designing websites for my team has given me many ideas I wish to bring to Merage.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your vote for Joshua Tong!
My name is Julian Rachman and I am running to be your VP of Technology.
Before Merage, I was just a Computer Science student who had a faint interest in entrepreneurship because I did not know where to start or get resources. I joined the Merage community in order to better understand the intersection between technology and business. Over the past 1.5 years of being at UCI, Merage has given me opportunities to work at startups and help them raise rounds of capital, found my own technology startup aimed to transform professional networking, and create a family full of like-minded individuals. Merage has helped me grow forward, and it is my time to give back.
Although I am in so many different leadership roles being the Company Relations Director for UBA, Mentor for MAISS and HackUCI, and Webmaster for Lambda Phi Nu, my overall mission is to empower students to take initiative on their passions and create a stronger bond between ICS and Merage. In addition to the duties that come with my role, I plan on bringing this mission to all of you. Some initiatives that I hope to execute are ICS x Merage networking mixers like cross-learning sessions for Merage students to learn coding from ICS students and vice-versa, venture capital and startup engagement panels to expose students to the real world of entrepreneurship, and rotating blind networking dinners where students and alumni host other randomly-selected students and alumni for dinner each month.
Let’s change our digitally-driven world together!
To the Merage Community:
Hi! My name is Aarti Vellimedu, and I am a Business Administration major from the Bay Area. In my experience, the backbone of the college experience is involvement through pushing one’s boundaries. This is incredibly important in such a high-intensity community as Merage; such non-academic involvement can aid in helping students find their interests, network, and make a difference. With the two goals of forming a unified Merage community and merging Merage spirit with philanthropy, I am running to be your next MUSA Vice President of Community Development for the 2020-2021 school year.
To address my first goal, I plan to introduce a philanthropic weeklong competition between the undergraduate business clubs, with the goal of raising donations and awareness for a larger cause through Merage competitive spirit. As a current MUSA representative and intern for the Undergraduate Finance Association, I’ve seen both perspectives in terms of planning and participating in MUSA events, experience I hope to bring to organizing this event.
Secondly, I hope to connect Merage with outside philanthropies through volunteer-based networking sessions; Merage students and employees from external firms would be able to volunteer alongside each other for various nonprofit events, creating strong ties to the community while raising awareness for a cause. Through my philanthropic experience as a current officer for Delta Delta Delta, I am confident that I am extremely capable of organizing such partnerships.
Thank you for your time, and please do reach out to chat more!
Hello Business Administration and Business Information Management students! My name is Sabrina Tran and I am running to be your Vice President of Community Development. I am a first year double major in Business Administration and Psychology, and I am hoping to pursue a career in Human Resources.
During the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 quarters, I was able to be a part of the Merage Undergraduate Student Representative program. As a first year, this program provided a community for me to grow and meet fellow business students. This unique opportunity allowed me to fundraise and plan events while working with fellow business students in a fun, supportive culture. For this reason, I am running to further influence and promote our Merage community. I want to contribute and give back to a community that helped make UCI into my second home.
If elected, I would work to plan and organize events that promote friendship and giving back within the Mergae community. One past event that I helped organize was a Banh Mi fundraiser, and my group and I are currently working on our next event: bringing in a guest speaker.
I would love the opportunity to be your next Vice President of Community Development to further develop a Merage community that we all are proud to be a part of. Thank you!
Hello, my name is David Taing and I am running for Vice President of Diversity. I am aware that many of you have worked very hard to get here. I am running for Vice President of Diversity since I want to increase representation of people of all backgrounds. I have worked with people with diverse backgrounds and I would say that it is phenomenal. Look around you, take a second to acknowledge all the brilliant minds around you. Every single one of you has sacrificed so much and dedicated so much of your time to get to this point, for that I commend you all. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, now imagine hundreds more of you all, think of all the untold stories that will be brought to the table. I personally believe that having diversity is crucial, bringing together people with different backgrounds will not only mean more networking opportunities but to engage with those within your field. Building a closely-knit yet diverse community is what I am seeking to do within the Merage School and with your support I will be able to work towards this initiative.
My name is Grace Till, and I am a first-year Business Administration Major. I’m running for MUSA’s VP of Diversity because I’m genuinely passionate about serving the interests of all students of Merage. My mission is to strengthen relationships between students, ultimately creating a more inclusive community where everyone feels welcome.
As a member of the MUSA Representatives Program, I planned and organized events that allowed me to engage with the Merage community. This role gave me insight into the spectrum of the Merage population, as we have students with unique interests from all backgrounds—including people of color, first-generation, transfer, and international students—creating a vibrant and diverse community within the business school.
I plan to carry out my commitment to diversity and maximize the impacts of the resources we have available. This quarter as the Director of Fundraising for Delta Sigma Pi, I worked closely with local businesses and the ASUCI Senate to raise over one-thousand dollars in funding for a
school-wide Case Study Competition open to all UCI students. This competition allowed students to test their interests in different industries regardless of their academic emphases. By hosting a variety of opportunities such as informational panels and networking socials, students will be given the chance to explore their interests and challenge themselves.
Thank you for reading and I hope to serve as your next VP of Diversity. Please reach out to me on campus, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FB Messenger with any questions!
Hi, I am Rose! As a student representative for MUSA, I hold a high level of responsibility to serve as an example and source of encouragement to others. I have developed professionally through MUSA Rep: conducting Banh Mi fundraisers in Ring Road, inviting guest speakers through LinkedIn, shadowing into a business club. All these events are to learn how to engage students in our diverse community. I also encouraged my friends to come out to MUSA events and club meetings, creating a supportive atmosphere to foster growth in professional skills and social networks! With amazing mentors and caring peers who inspire me through the way, I aspired to reach my full potential not only for myself but to give back their love and support to the Merage Community.
If elected, I would love to launch a Diversity Project that can break information asymmetry and provide resources, especially for international, transfer, minority, and first-generation students. In the project, besides workshops and socials, students would collaborate to write and edit a quarterly-released e-magazine that aims to tell individual Merage student stories, recognize clubs that are impressive in improving student engagement and diversity, and share some tips on how to thrive at college.
To promote global perspectives and worldwide career opportunities, I would organize an annual panel, inviting international alumni to share their experiences and approach our questions and concerns.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you will consider voting for me to be your new VP of Diversity!
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
However what he didn’t mention was that even geniuses need someone to guide them.
We all have the ability to succeed in the classroom, but unfortunately starting a career isn’t too straightforward. Academia simply does not prepare us for interviews or even networking with professionals. Many of you have told me about your struggles to find a mentor, but there must be a simpler way than cold calling on Linkedin or the Anteater Network.
Luckily for you, I have an intricate solution: the Merage Mentorship Program. If elected, I will implement a three step plan.
First, I will increase the interactions between current students and alumni by hosting more events, such as mixers, panels, and even trips.
Second, I will create a personalized online profile matching system, where students and alumni can choose their desired mentor/mentee. This will establish a formal mentorship program.
Finally, by working with you, I will design curriculum centered around you shadowing your mentor, allowing for hands-on experience in the workplace.
As a first year, I’m in the unique situation to manage and oversee the growth of this program for the next three years even after I succeed the position.
If you also wish to turn this program into a reality, then vote for me, Manav Manivannan, as Vice President of Alumni/Graduate Relations.
If you want to see my credentials, check out my Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manavmanivannan/
Hello fellow peers!
My name is Mary Hu, and I am a 3rd year majoring in Business Administration, Informatics, and Sociology. I am running for MUSA’s Vice President of Graduate/Alumni Relations because I am passionate about serving Merage and all of you! If elected, my mission would be to encourage community engagement and strengthen communication and involvement between graduate/alumni, business students, organizations, faculty/staff, and MUSA. For the past three years, I have served on MUSA as a passionate student leader. This year, I had the opportunity to serve as MUSA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. I also had the honor of serving as the Vice President of Technology in my second-year, and as a MUSA representative in my freshmen year. My other involvements include serving as the President of Women in Leadership and as a representative in the Alumni Relations Committee for the Student Alumni Association.
I hope to utilize my experiences, network, and love for helping others to help engage students in the Merage community. Like many of you, I have a lot of Merage Spirit, and this spirit and love for Merage is what motivates me to give back to this wonderful school! Please vote for me, Mary Hu, for Vice President of Graduate/Alumni Relations! Thank you so much for your
Hi! My name is Valorie, a 2nd year here at Merage, and I’m running to be your 2020-2021 VP of Graduate and Alumni Relations! Through my board positions for both the Undergraduate Finance Association and Undergraduate Business Association, along with my work at the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to expand my alumni network and experienced its invaluable impact first-hand- a benefit I want every student to have. To me, the value of alumni relations lies in:
1. Relatable & understanding advice, many having been in our exact shoes 2. Willingness to help, as many hope to see others from Merage succeed
Now, using my network and more, I want to bring these resources to you, the students of Merage, and connect you with the vast pool of knowledge and opportunities our alumni offer. Some events I’ve facilitated include UCI’s very first JP Morgan Banking Panel and liaising Host- A-Student Programs around Southern California, and I hope to impact Merage in the same way through MUSA this upcoming year. New goals I have for the 2020-2021 Academic Year include:
1. Merage Alumni Mentorship Program
2. Alumni Job Shadow Opportunities in various industries
3. Emerging Industry Panels (FinTech, AI, Healthcare, etc)
4. Ideas from you! Ultimately, my role is to assist and support you; thus, if you have ideas for events/programs you want to see please fill out my survey at https://tinyurl.com/VLow-VP-Alum.
With that, thank you, and together let’s bring Merage to new heights!