How I show love to my alma mater: I’m still very connected to the University! I speak with my professors all the time; they’re still my mentors. My sister is in the nursing program at the University and my father-in-law is one of the baseball coaches. We have a lot of MSU pride in the family.
What I do at work: I’m a stock analyst. I look at valuing companies, and use critical thinking every day. I give advice to clients who are serious long-term investors. I get to dig deep into the roots of companies and find out which are going to provide the best investments for my clients.
Why I chose MSU: I’m from Springfield. I went to high school here, and was looking for a Midwest location to be close to family. I got a scholarship for tuition so that definitely brought me! I also thought the academic opportunities were far better than other colleges — I knew they had a great business program.
How the program helped me start my career: Once I knew I wanted to concentrate on finance, I really started focusing on investment classes and the stock market. I got an internship with Scottrade. The program helped me get comfortable networking and maintaining contacts with professionals in my field.
My favorite class: The New York study class. We went to N.Y. for a week, visiting different companies and reporting on different industries. The courses in the program gave me an edge. The faculty have a lot of real-world experience in their fields, and have specialty knowledge.