I Got This

Emaan Chaudhry ’24

Hofstra emphasizes hands-on learning, and it’s one of the things that helped shape my future goals.

I was able to work in the Zarb Store, which is a fully student-run organization here on campus. The students facilitate all the different departments in the business like in any other company. For example, the finance department figures out New York State taxes and budgeting, and the marketing department has to understand infringement rights for the logos. We even have staffing managers that come up with an entire training guideline and instruct students on how to run the store.

It was a really great opportunity because I was able to learn the behind-the-scenes happenings of what it takes to run a startup or retail company, and one of my goals for later in life is to open up my own store. I’ve really loved the experience. I got to meet a bunch of different students who also share the same passions, and I was able to delve into different opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise.


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Emaan Chaudhry is one of those students who wasn’t going to leave Hofstra without enjoying all the University had to offer. In addition to being a double major, she founded her own club, held an internship that led to a full-time job offer, worked in the Zarb Store and as the first marketing intern for the Center for Career Design & Development, and made lasting connections and memories along the way.   


“I am a finance and marketing double major, and during my time at Hofstra, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with a number of professors who have been really great mentors. It has stood out to me at Hofstra that their class sizes are smaller than many of the other schools I toured initially. You are able to create more special relationships with both the professors and the other students.” 

“One of my professors actually sat with me to get to know my interests and what I want to do after graduation. It's not something you expect professors to go out of their way to do, but it's something that I've found really consistent throughout my time here at Hofstra. It's great to know that your professors are really looking out for you and want you to be ahead of the game when it comes to applying for jobs or different opportunities.”

“I appreciate that Hofstra has a number of adjunct professors, meaning that they are still working within their industries. This is great because it gives them the opportunity to bring into the classroom the different experiences, advice, and nuances of the industry as it might be changing. This is especially true with the emergence of different technologies, and I have found that Hofstra is staying up to date. 


“I had an internship at Citibank over the summer in the commercial banking area, the consumer products and retail sector. I got this internship through networking, and I feel that's a big focus at Hofstra within their clubs and organizations, as well as among the faculty. There are many different organizations on campus that have resources and connections that you can use to expand your network. That's what I did! I was able to reach out to different people based on my interests, do informational interviews, and figure out the areas I would like to pursue. After that, I went to the Career Center to complete and submit my resume. I got the position, and at the end of my 10 weeks, I was able to secure an offer after graduation. I’ll be starting my position in July.”


“I've been involved in a lot of different clubs here on campus and everyone you meet – the executive board, advisors, and members – are always very welcoming. They want to get to know you, and it's where you can find out who your people are.”

“I founded a club on campus called Hofstra Fit. It's basically a club for people who want to get into fitness or find ways to keep up with their fitness and mental health. We offer nutrition events, physical fitness, both in groups or individually, and mental health events as well. It was a really great experience because I got to bring together people who also wanted to see this on campus and have a safe space to be able to do so.  

“One of my favorite events was kettlebell training as well as yoga. Yoga is really great because it's for any skill level. You can do it indoors, outdoors, by yourself or in a group – and it's something that really connects people.”

“Hofstra likes to have their students be active and engaged on campus.  If you ask any student, there's always something to do, whether it's in the mornings, evenings, or nights. The calendar is always full and there's always something that you can look forward to doing on campus.”

» Emaan’s story isn’t unique. In fact, among Hofstra University’s 2021-2022 undergraduate degree recipients, 94% of alumni from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business reported they were employed or had started or were planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation. Results are based on data collected from the Alumni Outcomes survey, LinkedIn, National Student Clearinghouse, and Hofstra enrollment (78% knowledge rate). Visit our outcomes page at hofstra.edu/outcomes for detailed information.

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