Aysha Seedat ’16 is from Fair Lawn, NJ and is majoring in Policy Studies and minoring Political Science.
On campus, Aysha is involved in many different aspects of Syracuse University as President of the Student Association. She was an intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and will be joining the firm full time after she graduates in May.
If you could tell a current or incoming student just ONE thing about SU, what would it be?
Syracuse has so much to offer and it’s hard for you to experience it all in your first year. You’ll find your place. I applied to transfer out of Syracuse my freshman year. I got into a few schools too, but I stayed. Best decision I made.
What is your favorite SU memory?
Syracuse Basketball Season in 2013, undefeated for a while. March Madness 2013 – Made it to the Final Four!
Hi there! My name is Aysha Seedat and I am taking over @OurSyracuseU this week. I’m a senior studying policy studies, with a concentration in education, and political science in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. I am also your @SUStudentAssociation President! When I’m not in my office in Schine, you can find me developing black and white film in @lightworkorg, eating at Faculty (Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center), or looking up @BuzzfeedFood recipes in Panasci. So much of Syracuse is a part of me and I can’t wait to show that to you over the next few days. -AS #SyracuseU
Earlier today I met with Chancellor Syverud. I have the opportunity to sit on a number of committees at Syracuse, and generally get his insight and feedback during our one on ones. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss @sustudentassociation projects, campus initiatives, and career advice in general. Long term, I’d like to work in higher education administration – no better person to learn from than him! -AS #SyracuseU
As I mentioned earlier, I’m currently President of @sustudentassociation of the 59th Legislative Session. My Vice President @janehong_ and I are the first elected female President and Vice President in Student Association history. Every Monday night at 7:30, Assembly comes together together to vote on resolutions and bills, elect members to SA, University Senate, the Alumni Association, and Board of Trustees. I also give a report every week on initiatives I’m working on, such as installing heat lamps in the College Place bus stop (yes! The bus stop is finally warm!). -AS #SyracuseU
When Chancellor Syverud first started at Syracuse, he introduced Fast Forward Syracuse – a plan with three major components to help our university excel academically, fiscally, and geographically in our campus environment. One of the major pillars related to academics has an Academic Strategic Plan Oversight Committee and I sit on it! Yesterday and today we had a chance to hear recommendations from our six working groups ranging from enhancing the student experience to strengthening our commitment to veterans and military connected communities. It was so invigorating hearing such vibrant ideas centralized around making Syracuse University the best is can be. -AS #SyracuseU
Last semester, I took a course in our College of Visual and Performing Arts, @su_vpa, on black and white film technique. I was worried – as a policy studies, political science major – that there would be a steep learning curve. There was, but I emerged from the class with so much confidence in my ability to take photos with a film camera, develop black and white film, and print my own photos. In the class, I was able to discover my “style” in developing, and so a lot of my work has very dark and deep blacks and bright whites. Here is a photo I took at a meeting with our Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, our Chief Financial Officer Lou Marcoccia, and the Graduate Student Association (GSO) President Can Aslan. We are crafting an effective media strategy to convey the University’s budget to students. Crouse Hinds is a building where a lot work happens, but when you take a peek out the window and see our beautiful campus, it will reminds you why you’re here. Hall of Languages, you look beautiful! -AS #SyracuseU
Syracuse University is such a dynamic institution with a variety of professional schools that help shape how we teach education to students around the world. As I mentioned earlier, I study policy studies and political science but communication is absolutely key in being successful in any career. Now that I am a senior and have more flexibility with classes, I decided to take a course in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, @newhousesu, on social media communication. (Did you know that it’s one of the best communication schools in the country?) This course is centralized around enhancing our social media profiles by understanding different strategies and forms of production. Twitter is a large component and is a big way how we participate in the class. So far it’s been incredibly interesting. Can’t wait to continue learning! -AS #SyracuseU
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Last summer I had the opportunity to work for JPMorgan Chase & Co in regulatory compliance. (Career Services hooked it up!) I was concerned about a steep learning curve because I had little finance background. But with a policy studies foundation, I have a firm understanding of policy and how it is constructed. It was the most best internship I ever had! I got to work on a high level project that included contribution from senior executives in the firm. I entered my internship unsure of my long term plans and my manager connected me with so many individuals so I could get input on professions with law degrees, MBAs, etc. I learned that the finance industry is far more versatile than I expected and you could do pretty much anything at a company like JPMC. I also learned that you can take a major like policy studies and apply it to virtually anything. In June of this year, I am so proud to say that I will be joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. full time! While I’m feeling sentimental about senior year, I am very excited to join the Chase family. I’ll still be #ForeverOrange though! -AS #SyracuseU
Another #ThrowbackThursday! Sophomore year I took a one credit backpacking class. The course was centralized around teaching core concepts important to overnight hiking trips. And the way we are quizzed on learning? We backpacked in the Adirondacks! That trip has inspired me to continue challenging myself in a physical capacity. During Spring Break, I will be backpacking in Peru for four days, trekking up to Macchu Picchu taking the Salkantay Trail (any tips would be helpful). And yes – it’s an @suabroad program! Syracuse Abroad really helps you see the world in a culturally and academically immersive way, I highly encourage you to just peruse their site (that’s how I found out about Peru)! They have so many opportunities ranging from semester long to week long trips. There is so much to see in our beautiful world and I hope that there is more travel in my future! -AS #SyracuseU
As @sustudentassociation president I serve on the Student Affairs Advisory Board which is a group of diverse student leaders to help give input to our Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz. We meet monthly and have the opportunity to meet with so many great folks on and off campus. Today we had Francine D’Amico who chairs the international relations undergraduate program in Maxwell and co-chairs the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion. Today she spoke to us about the workgroup and the visioning sessions that they are hosting a few weeks from now. We also heard from Kennedy Patlan, an undergraduate student who is working on a survey to assess feelings college students have on voting. Our group brainstormed ideas on how to spread the word on voting on campus such as creating better polling sites and increase awareness in the Syracuse Community. It’s so exciting to hear about projects such as this! -AS #SyracuseU
This passage from the Oath of Athenian City-State inscribed into the walls of Maxwell has a lot of weight in my undergraduate career. At the end of each semester in PAF 101: Introduction to Analysis of Public Policy, Bill Coplin, the professor of the course and my academic advisor, leads the class in reciting this passage. It may seem silly but it provides a foundation to the School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Earlier today I took a Conflict Management Center (CMC) Facilitation workshop, offered by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) in Maxwell, that provided structure in general facilitation theory and group management. These principles are vital to leading any facilitation exercise and the course now certifies me to lead them at the University level. My first test: I’ll be leading discussion in the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion’s Visionary Session on February 10th. This course, like much of the work I do and continue to aim to do, falls in line with that oath I took my freshman year, “we will transmit this city not only not less. But greater. Better. And more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” -AS #SyracuseU
Well @syracuseu! It’s been one busy week and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to share some special excerpts of my day with you. Syracuse is such a special place. We are a home to innovation and creativity and everyone here wants to make this world a better place. It’s such a privilege for me to be in an environment where everyone wants to be better than they were yesterday – truly motivating. Even though I’m graduating in May, 13210 will always be my h🍊me. So long followers, thank you for the Instagram love, continue to look up, it may make a pretty picture -AS #SyracuseU #LookingUpAtBuildings