Shifa

Shifa

In 2011, my family immigrated to the United States. In the beginning, we faced many different issues. I did not think there was much chance I could fulfill my goals due to the language barriers at the time. However, I realize that there is an abundance of resources available to help me achieve my goals and thrive if I work hard. Five years later, I am currently the Communication & Recruitment Committee Director of Undergraduate Student Government at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and also the President of the Culture Shock, which is a social organization that we appreciate different cultures enough to take time to learn about it, interact with people among the cultures, and actually understand the cultures.

I am pursuing a career in marketing because I am passionate about behavioral psychology. I am not only fascinated by how brands can influence consumers’ purchasing decisions, but also very focused on the ways individuals can use behavioral psychology to inspire others around them to action. I currently work with a nonprofit organization called The Good Life Alliance, which studies how hip-hop music can inspire youth to pursue their dreams. Having come to a country that is truly a land of opportunity, one of my goals is to give back to the community by becoming a successful product manager capable of ensuring that people know about all the useful and necessary goods and services available to them.

I understand that pushing oneself to the limit and beyond is a fundamental part of achieving success. Just as well, building a career requires that I network with leading industry professionals to get insight into potential careers, including those outside of marketing. Therefore, with a Mentor Coach to work with me to develop and cultivate my skill set, navigate the professional world, and provide me with general guidance and direction, I am confident that I can achieve ANYthing.

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