Sitara Nayudu is our promise to a better future as our newly elected 2010-2011 Associated Students of UC Irvine (ASUCI) President. She earned this position from years of campus involvements starting even before her freshman year, as she was a member of the Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute (SMLI). Year after year she has engaged herself with as many opportunities that UCI has to offer from being the Completely Insane Anteaters’ Spirit Leader for her first year, Engineering Student Council’s Activities Chair her second year to being ASUCI’s Office of the President’s Chief of Staff her third year and this isn’t even the half of it! Because she is a compassionate confidant, a remarkable mentor and influential leader, it is easy to see how “her passion is infectious” says her brother Vikram Nayudu and motivates positivity in others. Overall, Sitara possesses the experience and the knowledge necessary to approach student issues and advocate through communication, involvement and leadership.
INSPIRATION Her family, brother, and people she randomly meets are her inspiration but her father is especially important to her. She comes from a long family line of presidents in college and now that she is elected, she gets to continue that succession while representing as our first South Asian woman as our ASUCI President.
SHE’S ALL AROUND CAMPUS While we walked and talked around campus I couldn’t help but notice how connected with her peers she was as she greeted everyone she knew with a warm smile and a hug. She even stopped to take some time out of her already busy schedule to help an incoming student take a photo of him and his family in front of the student center. Through these little acts of kindness she builds a strong network of students and friends that forms a sense of community to our campus. About her involvement on campus, “I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I weren’t busy” she says in regards to all of the activities she participates in. Starting early as part of SMLI, she realized what an influence it was towards her future and realized that every SMLIer she knows has gone to do something that is involved with our campus. As part of ASUCI, she has earned the position of ASUCI Office of the President Assistant Visions Commissioner, teaching the ASUCI’s leadership class, influencing other students while advocating towards the pursuit of leadership roles all over campus. Currently as Megan Braun’s Chief of Staff, she is considered the “behind the scenes backbone of ASUCI.”
IN OUR COMMUNITY The summer of her sophomore year, she held an internship as the Governing Intern in the Technology Advancement Office in Southern California’s Air Quality Management District. There she worked with fuel cells and hybrid vehicles and other cutting edge technology to further expand her knowledge.
IN THE FUTURE She hopes to have a career in Environmental Engineering and/or Environmental Law and in five years she’d like to be an ambassador for the United States to an Asian Country.
INTERESTING FACTS In High school she competed in over 50 track and field meets, invitationals and distance races. She’s played the cello for seven years. She spent last summer working on Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology. She loves spicy food. Her favorite TV shows include White Collar, Scrubs, and Family Guy. She is fortunate to have seen many facets of the world having gone to 18 countries and just last summer she got to visit India.
AFFILIATIONS Include Chief of Staff, ASUCI Office of the President, Assistant Visions Commissioner- ASUCI Office of the President, Athletics Intern-ASUCI Office of the President, Legal Clinic Intern-ASUCI Administrative Affairs, Activities Chair-Engineering Student Council, Leader-Completely Insane Anteaters, Alumni-Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute, Member-Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Treasurer-UCI Speech and Debate, Member-Engineering Student Council Activates Committee, Governing Board Intern-Southern California Air Quality Management District, and Red Cross Volunteer.
I will end with an inspiring quote from her site that I hope will continue on to next year. “A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.”