Why did you choose your major?
My reasons for choosing finance and marketing were to enhance my analytical and creative background. Marketing is one of the most efficient methods of growing your business, but there are various qualitative ways to measure that ability, which is why I put a lot of stock in pursuing a marketing degree after originally only declaring finance as my major. My finance curriculum has provided me with the fundamental financial management tools to succeed in analyzing and executing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. The two combined, I believe, will help me start on a successful career path.
Why did you choose Hofstra?
I came to Hofstra on an athletic scholarship for football, at that point my biggest passion. When the program left, I had too much Hofstra pride to leave the school. It was a blessing in disguise, as now I have many professional connections through the Zarb School and have found a real passion for my career.
UBS Financial Services
PricewaterhouseCooper’s Explore Program
Favorite campus activity:
Working out at the Fitness Center
The Fitness Center provides me with an outlet for my stress. It is the one place on campus where I can forget about anything going on in my life at that time, and have a great time training my body.
Finance 132 (Money and Capital Markets) with Barry Haas
This course allowed me to gain a great deal of knowledge and interested me the most. I learned about the role of investment bankers, brokers, and dealers in the financial markets, and the characteristics of different financial instruments traded in the money and capital markets, including their relevant risk and yields.
Favorite thing about NY/Long Island:
Close to home, but very different being in Hempstead. Also the fact that we have so many students from outside New York and the Northeast makes for a unique student body.
Favorite campus eatery:
Au Bon Pain
Favorite campus spot:
The Fitness Center (gym)
What surprised you about Hofstra?
The diversity. I feel as if there is representation in our student body of all cultures, backgrounds, and economic statuses.
What is your idea of success in five years? Or in 20 years?
I would like a job in finance, perhaps with an institution of higher education. I am not sure what my career will bring, but I am sure I will always be an involved Zarb alumnus.
What do you take the most “pride” in:
The faculty amaze me on a daily basis. They go above and beyond for all students. The administration of the Zarb School of Business have provided me with so much that I feel like I am a vital part of the University.
What have you found as your “purpose”?
To give back to my fellow students is my clear purpose at Hofstra. I came here on full scholarship for football, but unfortunately lost that outlet. As that door closed, so many more have opened, and I now not only have a network of professionals I can reach out to. I have become a very active member of the student body and now serve as president of ALPFA, the business society.