Bubbly and energetic Aisha Razzak is Associated Students Incorporated’s (ASI) new Secretary of Programs and Services. Razzak is ecstatic to turn her big dreams into events for the whole campus to enjoy. She is also looking forward to mentoring and encouraging others. Here’s what this optimistic student had to say about her new position:
Tell me about your experience with ASI.
Last year, I was a Bronco Events and Activities Team (BEAT) Programming Chair, so I did a lot of different programs which included Midnight Madness Fall Quarter. I also did CPP’s Got Talent Winter Quarter and Billy Bronco’s Birthday Party Spring Quarter. I helped with some of the music events, just bringing new ideas to them, making them a little more themed. In addition to that, I headed ASI Makes My Heart Beat Week. My freshman year I was a volunteer for BEAT so that’s how it started.
What made you decide to volunteer for BEAT?
I think in high school I was always so involved. I’m the type of person that I don’t like to sit around, I can’t handle it, my brain will go crazy if I don’t do something. I thought this fit in with what I did in high school: planning events for the student body. I got involved and I went to my first meeting and I really liked it so I kept going and I got to be more hands on. Then I became a chair.
Do you have any advice for freshmen looking to get involved?
Don’t be scared to get involved, sometimes it seems intimidating. I don’t think it’s that intimidating once you start getting to meet those people because they’re just students, they’re just like you.
Do you have a favorite memory with ASI so far?
Too many! All my favorite memories have come from being in this office and just goofing around with other chairs. We make up random songs, blast music and goof around. Then there’s the events themselves: planning them and seeing what you thought was impossible coming alive.
Tell me about your new role as the Secretary of Programs and Services.
I will be spearheading BEAT and heading all of the meetings. I will be the person that pushes them with their events and who they can go to if they need any help. I oversee all programs and services with BEAT and [student] government and make sure they are headed on the right track.
What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I think personally for me it’s about making the impossible possible. I have really big ideas and I love to see them come alive. I’ll get an idea in my dreams like I see my self zip lining and lo and behold, they’re zip lining at Billy Bronco’s Birthday Party! I want my chairs to be not scared to think big because that’s what BEAT is all about: bringing something new on campus that people haven’t seen before.
What is the best part of your job?
I’m really excited to see the ideas that the chairs have come alive. I’m sure they are going to have billions of ideas too that are crazy and not seem possible, but hey you have to give it a shot. I’m excited to have my own team, I feel like they’re going to be like my children and getting to build this whole new family.
You said you always like to keep going and keep busy…
Yes! I’m like an Energizer Bunny.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to laugh. It’s one of my favorite things to do, I love watching funny movies, my favorite is “The Nutty Professor.” I find comedy in a lot of things. I like to be on campus honestly, I might sound like a nerd but I like doing homework when I get it. I have fun doing homework. I collect things that are cheetah print. You should see my room, it’s kind of like a jungle. I collect posters from the events that I have put on and put them on my wall.
It seems like you like to find humor in everyday situations.
I do, I like to make the best of things. I think especially with this position, things aren’t always going to go the way you want them to go necessarily but you kind of have to work with the obstacles that you get.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
I’m really, really excited about this year and given the opportunity to be a part of ASI again. I’m excited to see how the team is going to shape up and to be back in this office again. I hope to really serve the students to the best of my ability and make that my number one priority. I want to try to target as many students as possible.
Is your passion in life event planning?
No, actually! I’m a Finance, Real Estate, and Law major. Even when I go into the professional world I want to do it on the side. Right now I’m interning for a wedding company, so I get to do those events on the weekends. I like that because you have your job but then you have something on the side that you really love doing and find joy in.
For more information about Aisha or what BEAT has planned this year, visit asi.csupomona.edu/beat