My name is John Kim and I am running to be MUSA’s 2021-2022 President! In the past 3 years, I have been fortunate enough to serve Merage as a MUSA Representative, Associate, and VP of Internal Relations. I’ve grown to love and appreciate the sense of community that Merage provides, as well as MUSA’s efforts in fostering that same environment.
Some of my past experiences include helping to found the Bridge-to-Success program, co-founding HRMA, and transitioning the MUSA Representatives program to a virtual format. All of my experiences revolve around my passion for making an impact. The Bridge-to-Success program served as a resource for transfer/first-generation students, HRMA created a community for students passionate in HR, and transitioning the MUSA Representatives program virtually provided first-year students with opportunities for personal/professional growth. I wish to continue my part in giving back to the Merage community and bringing about an impact.
As President of MUSA, I hope to strengthen the MUSA Affiliation program and implement a more structured process for ensuring our community is one that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. I also hope to bolster MUSA’s relations with Masters Programs/Organizations and Career Program offices in order to create a stronger pipeline for opportunities our students can benefit from. These opportunities would include resources on post-graduate education, career opportunities, and professional network for our affiliate group.
I promise to commit myself in serving the Merage community and dedicating to bringing impactful changes for you all. Thank you!
Dear Merage Students,
I want to congratulate each of you on your resilience during COVID-19. In light of the personal struggles you all may be facing, thank you for taking the time to read my speech and exercise your voting rights. Seeing you all persevering reminds me how amazing the Merage community is and how much I still desire to support it.
My experiences grant insight into the Merage community that would allow me to serve students. As a current Peer Academic Advisor, I help Merage students address their needs regarding academics and finding community online by advising students and hosting Zoom events. Furthermore, as the current ASUCI Business Senator, I tackle schoolwide student issues such as financial insecurity and mental health through the allocation of ASUCI funds and passing legislation. I also have experience being on MUSA in-person last school year as VP of Community Development and ran keystone MUSA events. Given the likely hybrid structure of this 2021-2022 school year, my background as a student leader both in-person and online gives me a comprehensive scope of what it means to represent and provide for students.
If elected as MUSA president, my goals are as follows: increasing transparency of Merage administration; making academic, professional, and well-being resources more accessible; bolstering student representation and engagement within and beyond Merage; and facilitating a smooth transition between virtual and in-person school. Vote Max Jiang for MUSA President, and feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Hello Merage undergrads :) My name is Mohit Shah, and I’m running to be your MUSA Executive Vice President!
As a former Freshman Representative and a current Associate, I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent serving the student body. Seeing all the initiatives that have been implemented and new events that have been executed during this time has been really inspiring, and I want to continue giving back to this community.
If elected, I’d like to further a personal mission of mine: to help Merage students achieve their personal and professional goals, no matter what they may be. As one of the organizers of the inaugural UCI Business Conference, I’d like to work with next year’s Associates class to ensure that the second one is even more impactful! I’d also like to support them in implementing any initiatives or programs that they are passionate about.
Moreover, I want to implement a system of casual coffee chats within Merage, providing younger students with opportunities to meet upperclassmen with similar interests and goals. This can help accelerate their professional development while giving older students the opportunity to make new connections and give back to the Merage community.
The EVP holds a largely supportive role, helping the President with any initiatives he or she may choose to implement while also working with the VP of Internal and Associates to ensure proper event execution and mentorship for MUSA Representatives. With that being said, I hope to support all Merage undergraduates and further develop our community.
I know it sounds cliché, but without MUSA, I have no idea where I would be right now. As a MUSA Representative, I was inspired by the people I met to try new things and learn as much as possible. As an Associate, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with my team to put on impactful events and guide younger students. So, now it’s time to give back.
As MUSA Vice President of Internal Relations, I would continue the amazing work that has been done on the MUSA Representatives program by our past MUSA VPIR’s. I want to inspire my Representatives to take on larger roles in the organizations they’re a part of and to help them gain confidence in their professional and social skills. A responsibility I want to emphasize is creating synergy between the branches of MUSA. My ideas include bringing back an internship program for the Representatives, allowing Associates to shadow members on the Executive Board, and creating networking opportunities for the Executive Board to interact with the Representatives more often.
The position of VPIR is vital to the success of MUSA. As Project Lead at Agora Néos, I recognized that internal success often leads to external success too. I believe that by strengthening relations, sentiment, and culture within the organization, it will push every individual to do their best for the Paul Merage community. Thank you for your time, and I hope you will consider me as your next Vice President of Internal Affairs.
Hey Merage family! My name is Amanda Zhu and I’m thrilled to be running as your next MUSA Vice President of External Relations.
I am interested in this role because of its intersection between marketing, design, and Merage, all of which I am familiar with and adore. As a graphic design intern at Intersectional Environmentalist, I translate educational information and voices in the climate justice movement into media content to amplify and engage with a community of 270k+ followers. As a MUSA representative, my group and I worked long hours planning an event to promote mental wellness for Merage anteaters to destress during midterms. I spearheaded our flyer designs and through our group’s work marketing on a variety of platforms, our social had an amazing turnout of students.
Alongside MUSA, I am involved in business organizations such as Marketing Association, Women in Leadership, and In the Green. These clubs showed me the sheer amount of opportunity and support present within our community--it is just a matter of streamlining the process of getting the word of Merage events out to more students (I am looking forward to integrating your suggestions into making that change). In all, I hope to increase student engagement at events and help students bridge social connections while reaching professional milestones in the process. My prior involvements in marketing and building Merage’s community culminate into my promise that I am dedicated to helping our family flourish.
Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!
Hello! My name is Yvonne Chu and I am a first-year Business Administration major, running for the position of Vice President of Communications for the MUSA 2021-22 Executive Board. As a participant in the MUSA Representatives Program this year, I have learned a great deal about the vast field of business and found myself growing on both personal and professional levels. Especially considering the difficult virtual environment of this past year, I am truly grateful to MUSA for having given me the opportunity to make genuine connections with my Merage peers as well as develop myself to prepare for my career goals and aspirations. I am running for MUSA board as a way to give back to the amazing organization that has offered me so much in just my first year. I hope to dedicate myself to fostering further growth, as well as creating a more inclusive community among students in the Merage School of Business so that everyone can reach their full potential and succeed in their endeavors. My experience as a representative for MUSA, along with my experience as a mentee for Accounting Association, has provided me with the necessary leadership and communication skills to succeed in this position. I have met a wide range of people that have encouraged and inspired me to reach for success, and I hope to be able to do the same among the Merage community. I would be truly honored if elected as the next MUSA Vice President of Communications.
I’m running for Vice President of Communications because I want to ensure that the Merage community stays as connected as possible no matter the format. My goal as VP of Communications is to create a strong and sustainable link between the MUSA board and the greater Merage Community. I want to ensure that all Merage students are up to date on any events, announcements, or changes that occur within MUSA. This past year with the online format I was able to witness first hand how hard it can be to keep up to date on everything going on. As such, at the start of winter quarter I created a UCI Business Administration Discord that now connects over 400 Merage Students. Here students are able to talk to each other about current and future classes. In addition, various clubs and groups are able to post about their events in one consolidated place, making it easier for students to know what events are going to take place. In the future I hope to expand the scope of this platform and make it a well known point of contact for all Merage students. In short, I have experience with keeping Merage students connected and as VP of Communications I plan to further these ideals and ensure that communication throughout both MUSA and Merage is conducted in the best way possible.
Hello! My name is Grace Till and I am a second year Business Administration Major running for MUSA’s Vice President of Finance for the 2021-2022 school year. Having been a part of MUSA Reps my freshman year, I found a community of supportive and ambitious students who strived to learn from each other and grow together. This year, as a MUSA Associate, I wanted to share the same kindness and wisdom I received, by helping shape the future of our business school. For instance, I was a core organizer for the UCI Business Conference and led the finance panel. In addition, I assisted MUSA Representatives with their events, projects, and professional development. As Delta Sigma Pi’s Vice President of Finance and as a Peer Financial Educator for ASUCI, I have had the opportunity to raise capital through utilizing UCI’s Student Program Funding Board, ASUCI’s Student Senate, and corporate sponsorships. I also bring experience in budgeting, reimbursements, and managing financial accounts for a multitude of organizations.
If elected to be the VP of Finance, I plan to maximize the impact of the resources we have available by broadening MUSA’s involvements and footprints within and outside of UCI, spearheading unprecedented initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion, and increasing community engagement through well-funded events. I hope you can consider voting for me based on my passion and commitment to what I do and my aspirations to build new visions and bridges for Merage undergraduates.
Thank you and message me if you have questions!
Hi everyone! My name is Catherine Nguyen, and I am a second-year Business Administration and Sociology double-major hoping to be your next Vice President of Academic Affairs.
During the fall and winter quarter of my freshman year, I participated in the MUSA Representatives Program, allowing me to gain leadership skills and meet lifelong friends in Merage. This year, as a MUSA Associate, I have been able to give back by being a mentor to a group of four Representatives and collaborating with five Associates to host MUSA’s inaugural Business Conference. This project revealed the importance of industry awareness and learning about fields outside of our own community, and I hope to continue informational initiatives that will educate Merage students further than what we learn in our classes.
Outside of MUSA, I serve as the Vice President of Scholarship for Panhellenic Association, where I have experience highlighting Scholars of the Month, hosting community study hours, and inviting guest speakers to give professional presentations. Additionally, as the VP of Marketing for the Undergraduate Business Association, I am always promoting a diverse range of distinguished professionals and welcoming those around me to join and learn more. Through my involvements on campus and my constant drive to empower others as a first-generation student myself, I will always strive to be committed to supporting your academic growth and expanding your professional network through new initiatives and professor luncheons!
Thank you for your consideration, and vote Catherine Nguyen as your next Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Hello Merage Community!
My name is David Barker, and I am a first-year Business Administration Major running to be your MUSA Vice President of Academic Affairs. I have a passion to inspire and pave the way for academic success amongst Merage students that I would love to share.
In my experience as a MUSA Representative, I served as liaison between MUSA and undergraduate Merage students, communicating the interests of the student body. My team and I organized “Anteater Affirmation Week”, a wellness event to encourage community building and self-care in this remote learning environment. Within this past year, I was also able to explore other opportunities for growth, such as UFA’s Mentorship Program, AA’s Leadership Development Program, and Bridge to Success, where I was able to grow personally and professionally while learning about the various needs of Merage Students, a significant need being academic support.
If elected as Vice President of Academic Affairs, I aspire to connect students with the current resources available at Merage and further develop new resources, through communication with our community, to best serve our student body. I also hope to strengthen our student-faculty connections to recognize the great mentors and sources of support available in our faculty network. Utilizing the knowledge that I have gained while at Merage and prior, I will strive to support the academic successes of our community.
Thank you so much for your support, and remember to vote David Barker for Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Hello! My name is Crystal Pham and I’m running to be your 2021-2022 MUSA Vice President of Academic Affairs. As a first-year student, I recognize the struggle to connect with faculty and other students during the remote setting we have this year. I also acknowledge the difficulty in transitioning into a brand new environment. Because of this, I hope to serve as a resource to you and future Merage students because I want to hear your concerns and suggestions for how MUSA and I can help support you. My vision is to create a welcoming environment where you’re able to interact with other students and faculty to share your experiences, and aspirations to further your academic and professional growth.
To do so, I plan to host casual “table talks” where students can drop in to voice their thoughts, concerns, or questions. Something I have noticed students have in common is not knowing who they can go to for help. I hope to connect students with faculty by compiling a “Networking with Faculty Guide” where you can see which professors have experience in certain industries or specific backgrounds who you could reach out to.
During my time at UCI, I have been involved in MUSA Representatives and BA Career Launch where I learned about the importance of growth and proactiveness. I hope to apply these values to the position and go above and beyond to support the Merage community and MUSA Board.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
COVID-19 has taken a toll on students in various ways, as it not only generated a host of detriments towards mental health but has dismantled the true feeling of experiencing academic excellence. With a new year dawning upon us, it presents a difficult task of transitioning into in-person settings and with that, the social challenges that many students may face moving forward. As an aspiring leader, I want to take up this challenge and serve as a bridge between Merage and our student body by providing the necessary support to those who need it. I have always been one to give back to my community, so by methodically planning steps to ultimately advance our students academically, I hope to provide aid to both our faculty and student body.
I will work tirelessly to create an appropriate feedback system so that students can voice their concerns, allowing MUSA to facilitate changes to better support academic development. In addition, creating networking events in which students with various different interests and backgrounds is another necessity that I can facilitate as a leader within Merage. With these ideas in mind, I will never neglect the faculty side as well, as I will be sure to remain in constant communication with professors, professionals, and other outstanding individuals within our community.
The upcoming year may present many challenges to us as students, however, as your liaison to the greater Merage community, I will surely ensure the connectivity, empowerment, and advancement of all students.
Hello fellow classmates!
My name is Stacy and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Technology for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am currently a first year Business Administration major with an interest in marketing and management.
Like many of you, I did not have any expectations for the remote school year. However, being a part of the Merage family really made a difference in my freshman year at UCI. In merely seven months, I have met the most talented people and gained so much professional insight. Regardless of the titles and roles, I have made a promise to myself to give back to MUSA.
During the fall and winter quarter, I have grown as a leader through the MUSA Representatives Program from hosting professional events and attending various career panels. I have had experience with content creation working as an marketing intern for Keller Williams Real Estate and also just editing personal lifestyle videos during my free time.
As Vice President of Technology, I plan to create content that will assist new students in transitioning to the Merage School. With my interactive content posts, I hope to integrate all students into our professional setting and provide more opportunities for students to better understand the different industries in business and what they each entail.
In these times where technology is crucial to our growth and education, it would be an honor to serve as your MUSA Vice President of Technology.
Hey everyone! I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Technology for the 2021-2022 school year.
As a Freshman, being a MUSA Representative has given me the chance to gain a key understanding of the Merage community — giving back and supporting others. Without a doubt, it was the support from upperclassmen that gave me a clear direction to start off college. Their help allowed me to not only grow both personally and professionally but also gain experience working for the student body. Amongst this process, bringing people together was especially fulfilling as it fostered a sense of community. This is what invigorated me to run for Vice President of Technology, as I believe it will be an invaluable chance to further unite the Merage Community.
If elected, my focus will primarily be on making the transition back to a physical setting as seamless as possible (given that we are expected to attend classes in person this upcoming Fall). An integral part of making this transition happen will be centered around technology where I plan to centralize communications across various clubs and organizations. In doing so, this will give students a better understanding of everything that Merage offers and allow ease of access to opportunities. In order to accomplish this, I plan to expand upon the preexisting platforms of communications (social media, websites, etc.) and increase efficiency through software like Zapier. Thank you for your time, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Hello, my name is Vivian Tran, and I am a first-year business administration major; running for Vice President of Community Development. Currently, I am involved in MUSA, Lambda Phi Nu, ASUCI, HRMA, and UBA.
I am running for VP of Community Development because I have a strong passion for Merage, MUSA, and event planning. Despite everything being virtual this year, I have still observed the sense of pride instilled within our community through MUSA’s several Merage events, from spirit weeks to socials.
I believe I am qualified for this position due to my broad range of involvements on-campus and my ASB background. In high school, I was a commissioner for our spirit committee, where I learned a lot about event planning. From homecoming spirit weeks to planning rallies, I helped coordinate themes, decor, advertising, and more.
I hope to engage Merage undergraduates further as we resume in-person events. I understand there is a lot of uncertainty revolving around the upcoming year. However, I am determined to plan and facilitate events that accommodate everyone’s needs. For instance, we can be more inclusive by recording in-person events, incorporate online chatting options, divide events into sessions to be mindful of capacity regulations, and host more virtual events even if we are back on campus.
Overall, I wish to use my past experiences to better serve Merage and promote school culture. Thank you for your time, and I hope you would consider me for VP of Community Development.
My name is Natcha Watanaharuetai. I am a first-year student studying Business Administration with a minor in Economics.
Throughout my first year at UCI, I was part of the MUSA representative program where I have thrived professionally through organizing social events (Valenzots), attending workshops, and shadowing SMIF. Besides, I am currently the ASUCI At-Large Senate Intern where I assisted the Senator in various advocacy projects.
My goal coming into college is to give back to my community. If elected as VP of Diversity, I would like to enhance the diversity of the Merage community by initiating a mentorship program where students with different backgrounds are paired together to exchange ideas. This will also allow them to embrace cultural differences while thriving professionally through workshops and events.
I noticed some possible challenges for transfer and first-gen students such as transitioning into the community, finding a career of interest, and seeking internship opportunities. To address these issues, I would like to create two separate newsletters for both groups of students which will provide them with guidelines and resources in succeeding in the Merage community.
I am open to other ideas. Throughout the academic year, I will implement a document form that is open for other students to submit their suggestions to ameliorate the Merage community.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to serve you as your next VP of Diversity! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My name is Dylan Thakarar and I am running to be your MUSA Vice President of Diversity. From the moment I stepped onto the grounds of UCI, I knew that I wanted to become more involved. To bring about change. In high school I participated in student government and was a powerful voice for the student body. I genuinely care about making every single interaction you have with MUSA and the Paul Merage School of Business more enjoyable.
My objective is to help Merage students from all backgrounds feel that they have a meaningful place here at the school of business. As an individual who has lived in London and Chicago before moving to Southern California, I understand the importance of diversity in building and maintaining powerful and long lasting relationships within a community.
I plan on using my background and experience to ensure that every single student in our community feels welcomed and accepted. Allow me to help you create an environment where all students regardless of their background are able to succeed and progress forward together. Make your vote count by voting for me, Dylan Thakarar, for Vice President of Diversity. Thank You!
Hello Merage Community,
My name is Chollada Sasiwong, and I am running for your next Vice President of Diversity! I aspire to represent all Merage students from different backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging within our community. I am also committed to addressing, discussing, and raising awareness about any circumstances regarding diversity and equity in the society.
As a third-year transfer student and a non-native English speaker from Thailand, I value diversity and inclusion. If given the opportunity, I would love to implement a diversity mentorship program for Merage students. The goal of this program is to create an opportunity for students to meet and learn about different aspects of each other’s life, including cultures, values, and perspectives. It aims to randomly pair students together, promoting diversity and mutual respect in our community.
During my time at UCI, my main involvements are Leadership Experience and Development for Success (LEADS) and Management Information Student Society (MAISS) where I have developed my leadership skills and experienced mentorship. I have been actively involved with various MUSA affiliated business organizations as well by attending and supporting their events. With my experience, I strive to bring this diversity mentorship program to life, contributing to success of all Merage students.
Thank you for your time and please feel free to reach out to me through Email: email@example.com or LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cholladasasiwong/ Looking forward to the opportunity to serve as your next Vice President of Diversity!
Hi! My name is Valorie Low and I’m running to be YOUR 2021-2022 VP of Graduate and Alumni Relations! In my past three years at Merage, I’ve been able to give back to this community through my various board positions for the Undergraduate Finance Association, Undergraduate Business Association, and Student Managed Investment Fund, along with my work at the Center for Investment and Wealth Management. Through these experiences, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to expand my alumni network and experienced its invaluable impact first-hand- a benefit I want all students to have.
Now, 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 have to offer.
Goals I have for the new year include:
1. Merage Alumni Mentorship Program
2. “Day In the Life” Shadow Opportunities in various industries
3. Emerging Industry Panels (FinTech, AI, Healthcare, etc)
Some events I’ve organized include UCI’s first JP Morgan Banking Panel, Host-A-Student Programs with the CFA Society of Orange County, technical workshops on Excel and DCF Valuation, and various industry panels featuring top firms like Google, Facebook, and Goldman Sachs to name a few. Taking these experiences, I hope to give back to Merage in the same way through MUSA this upcoming year. If you have events you’d like to see or have any questions about my plan feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org :) With that, thank you, and together let’s bring Merage to new heights!
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 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.
In fact, I’ve already successfully implemented a similar program in the past through my nonprofit, ALUM, which provides high school students with career guidance by connecting them to undergraduate mentors.
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/