That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately, ever since Sahar first announced a run for President. I remember when I first met Sahar on that fateful day in Upper Usdan when a mutual friend introduced us over lunch. My first impression of him was that he was idealistic; as soon as I sat down, he started talking about the activist blog Innermost Parts, which he co-created his freshman year. As is his wont, Sahar discussed his ideas about encouraging social justice, connecting and empowering students, and bridging the gap between the student body and the administration. He believed in students’ rights to an accessible student government, and even more importantly, their ability to bring about this change.
Although I was not immediately wrapped up in Sahar’s activist messages and feared that he overestimated students’ yearning to get involved, I was impressed by Sahar’s dedication and ability to inspire. His self-confident ranting and even his radical ideas convinced me to sign up to write for Innermost Parts, and my fate was sealed. I would soon become an activist, drawn in by the belief in my ability to change the world, or at least Brandeis. Sure, Sahar is the only candidate who approached me for support on his campaign, but in this aspect he succeeds as well. Sahar makes an effort to reach out to, make connections with, motivate, and help anyone who needs it. He doesn’t want to force his convictions on people, but believes that everyone is as interested in making a change as he is, so looks to lend a helping hand whenever possible.
Besides his charisma and charm, he cares, which is the most important quality in a president. He has dreams, but he also takes action. He’s not simply the idealist I first saw in him–that is just one aspect of his character, one he balances with his need to take action and make something of his life. He has tangible, solid ideas. Sahar wants to simplify the student government to make it more accessible, giving students more power by allowing them to vote on where leftover money goes at the end of the school year, writing a blog of his schedule so that people can see what he is doing. He has ideas and he is willing to take action to implement them. QED, I believe in Sahar. So if you do too, go ahead and vote.