Name: Shahzeb Naqi
Major/Certificate: Engineering/Business Economics
Transfer Goal: University of Southern California (USC).
How are you involved at Mesa College? I have been involved with different clubs on campus and have been a senator for the Associated Student Government. I will be serving as the ASG President for the 2010-11 academic year.
How long have you attended Mesa College? I have been a part of the Mesa College family for the past four semesters.
Why did you choose Mesa College? I would say Mesa College chose me! I was in San Diego getting treated at UCSD Medical Center and started taking general education classes at Mesa College. Over time, I grew so involved with school that I enrolled as a full-time Mesa College student.
What have you enjoyed most about your Mesa College experience? Definitely the quality of the faculty has far exceeded my expectations both in qualification and in their ability to convey information that is understandable. Moreover, I have enjoyed meeting Chancellor Carroll and Vice President of Student Services Barbara Kavalier. They both genuinely care about the students and make the atmosphere so much more welcoming. It is a good feeling to know that the administration is with the students.
How is Mesa College preparing you to achieve your academic goals? Mesa has been an integral part of my academic journey. The face to face interaction with extremely knowledgeable professors and the ability to have an excellent education without being in debt is phenomenal. Moreover, resources like Naomi Grisham in the Transfer Center and the staff in the Student Affairs Office know the system well and don't hesitate to help out the students.
What resources/services have supported you through your Mesa College experience? I have always had trouble with mathematics, and being an Engineering major I would not have made it through most of my classes without the help of the Tutoring Center. Other resources like the Counseling Department have also played an integral part in helping me plan out my future.
How would you describe student life at Mesa College? The student body at Mesa College is extremely diverse as Mesa students come from very diverse backgrounds and represent a wide spectrum of age groups. It is an extremely active campus with student oriented events being held throughout the year. With over 25 clubs/organizations, you surround yourself with other students who share similar goals. I am simply astonished with the caliber of these students as they are destined to accomplish great things in the future.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? My motivation and satisfaction come from helping other people. I see myself running some kind of organization that helps underprivileged children to go to college.
What excites you most about serving as the 2010 Associated Student Government President and what do you hope to accomplish this year? Ever since being elected, every day has been a new experience. It's fascinating interacting with the student body and being their voice in the shared governance process. I would really like to make each and every students journey at Mesa be a memorable one and be there for them by increasing scholarships and holding educational events.