This December, we recognize a truly exceptional Sauder student. From knowing seven different languages, to being a candidate of Richmond’s “Top 30 Under 30”, and being a very articulate and involved student, Dayah is this month’s Sauderite of the Month!

  1. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

Hmmm, interesting? Well I am working on my seventh language!

A firm handshake, kissing cheeks, gift giving, and eye contact are only a few examples of the nuances in international etiquette which I find fascinating.  Through my studies I have developed a curiosity for the unknown and an interest in travel. I aspire to study International Business to enrich my cultural sensitivity and put my seven languages to use, including Punjabi, Hindi, English, French, Spanish, Japanese and most recently, Mandarin!

  1. What are you involved with in Sauder?

Since pursuing my university degree, I’ve made it a priority to be an active participant in school life by serving as Corporate Relations Manager of UBC’s eProjects entrepreneurship club and volunteering my energy to initiatives such as the Sauder Summit Case Competition, the J.D.C. West Business Competition, and the Tandem UBC language program, learning Mandarin and teaching French. I was also selected to attend the UBC Top 40 Under 40 Networking Breakfast and participated in the U.B.C. International Business Club Case Competition and the Pacific Venture Capital Competition. Last year, as part of the Commerce Undergraduate Society, I chaired the largest UBC Business Week to date, with over 50 clubs participating!

My recent Sauder achievements include winning the Business Communication Club’s SPEAK OUT competition, competing as the youngest finalist in the inaugural Sauder Public Speaking Competition, and attaining first place in the KPMG Crack the Case Competition to date.

Currently, along with attending Sauder conferences such as Imprint, I work at the Business Career Centre as a Business Development Assistant (come say hi!), and will be kicking off my first term as a Marketing Co-op student this summer.

  1. How do you balance all your extracurricular activities with school?

Persistence, compassion and spirituality—these are only a few of the life lessons I have internalized from my mentors that help me balance my school, social and work life. No matter how overexerted or blue I’m feeling, my family, friends and community are a constant helping hand, that rejuvenate and rekindle my spirits, propelling me back into action.

  1. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Only one? Goodness! Teleporting, flying without wings, a photographic memory…there are so many to imagine!

But if I had to pick one it would be teleportation so I could get where I need to be instantaneously.

  1. Describe yourself in 3 words

Effort, Empathy, and Entrepreneurship.

I try and infuse these core values with my every initiative, steadfastly putting forth Effort in all I do, demonstrating Empathy and carrying on the innovative spirit of Entrepreneurship.

  1. Tell us more about being a part of Top 30 Under 30

The annual publication of the Richmond Review’s Top 30 under 30 profiles 30 young Richmondites on the interesting things that they do. It still makes me giddy to see the article held with magnets on my parent and grandparents’ refrigerators! You can check it out here: http://www.richmondreview.com/business/247924841.html

  1. Advice to students to improve their speaking skills

Wow, I’m being asked for advice? It’s usually the other way around.

When it comes to public speaking, remember this: most of the time, your audience consists of professionals, professors, and friends that want you to succeed. Don’t be afraid! Everyone is rooting for you, and even if you mess up, they’re forgiving…so got at it with all you got! Be enthusiastic, be different and share what you have to say!

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years

In 5 years, I see myself continuing to do what I love.  This includes being an active participant in my community, making my family and friends proud, and continuing to strive for success.