Student Association Candidates - Mariel Mejia
Position Desired: VP of Finance
Major: Business Management (Minor: Biology)
Organization of Latin American Students (O.L.A.S.), President 2010 to 2011
Tri-Beta - National Biological Honor Society
Finance Intern - Student Development and Campus Activities
My name is Mariel Mejia. I am a junior pursing a major in Business Management with a minor in Biology. I am exceptionally involved on campus. I served as the President of the Organization of Latin American Students my sophomore year, and continue to be an active member of the organization. I am also part of Tri-Beta, the national biological honor society, and Programming Committee. This past summer I had the pleasure of being part of the fantastic S.O.A.R. 2015 staff as an Orientation Leader. I am currently the first Finance intern for the office of Student Development and Campus Activity. I have always had undying hunger to be part of the progressive movement that is Pace University. I consider myself to be very relatable and amicable. I enjoy laughing but that is not to be confused with my undeniable work ethic. My favorite thing to do is meet new people because I believe that everyone as a story to share. I may be a bit of a control freak at times but I am always open to new ideas. I am outspoken, self driven and hard working. I consider myself futuristic because I am always thinking about what to do next and how I will achieve that goal. If I am elected by my peers as Vice President of Finance, my first order of business will be to create programs that will promote a greater sense of accountability on behalf of the organizations' Treasurers. I believe that Treasurers' responsibility goes above and beyond just filling out Budget Management System forms. I fully intend to help Treasures become more tactful in budgeting when requesting funds from the Student Activity Budget. Furthermore, I plan to help student become more familiar with OrgSync and the various tools it offers that can help to allocate necessary expenses and ensure, not only the future financial success of each organization's agency account, but less reliance on the Activity Fees. I believe this will lighten the load of Student Association meetings and ultimately ensure that the allocation of the Student Activity budget is distributed more effectively and efficiently. I would like to leave you with a quote I hold near and dear by Clare Boothe Luce that will hopefully give you a better sense of who I am and what I stand for. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes"; they will say, "Women don't have what it takes".
What interests you about being a candidate for the Student Association Executive Board?
As an active student leader on campus, I have had the privilege to witness the astonishing changes at Pace University that have been spearheaded by various member of the Student Association Executive Board. I am proud to be a part of this community because students can really make a difference here. I am drawn to candidacy for the Student Association because I believe that it will create the perfect environment for me to continue my personal development, create the change I'd like to see in Pace, and most importantly help my fellow classmates on a larger scale.
What makes you the best candidate for the position?
I know I am the best candidate for this position because through out my journey as a student leader at Pace University, I have acquired various skill that will aid me in ensuring the future success of our Student Association. Working my way from the bottom up, I know what our student organizations want and what part of these demands are feasible for the Student Association Executive board to offer. I can relate to the Pace community and I am open to all ideas that will benefit our future Alma Mater. I am very outspoken and direct, and I will make sure that the voice of our students are always heard. I have also been the finance Intern for the past 7 months and i am very familiar with the system, it's flaws and benefits.
What are the core values you associate with the term "student leadership"? Please elaborate.
I feel that student leadership is a constant opportunity to learn and foster. I believe that the foundation of student leadership is open mindness, especially in such a diverse institution such as Pace University. Ignorance will only inhibit development and can result in the over looking a phenomenal idea because it did not fit the "norm", and Pace certainly isn't generic. Student Leaders must be adaptable to any and all situations they may encounter. In my personal opinion, I believe that student leadership is always thinking of the long term benefits.Futuristic thoughts will ensure the ultimate success of any endeavor and will be the only legacy that matters.
How/why does effective student leadership require ethics and integrity?
Not only as a student leader, but as a leader in any discipline, credibility is everything. If the population you are leading does not trust you, they simply won't follow. As a student leader you must practice what you preach so that other will believe that the changes you are trying to make are well intended. I strongly believe student leaders must be held to a higher standard because we are not only representing ourselves but the university and the entire student body.
How will your legacy at Pace University look?
I believe that if you spend too much time contemplating what your legacy will be you will never have the time to execute the acts that will contribute to that legacy. In all honesty, I just want to help people. I want to be the person that makes the Pace experience that much greater, as many other leaders have done before me. Pace University was not my first choice but being a student of this outstanding organization has made all the difference. I hope to establish my own success after graduation, with the help of all Pace's resources of course, and one day be able to measure my success by how many students I can open the door for.