Q. How are you spending your summer?
A. I am an investment banking summer associate in the real estate investment-banking group at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. I was really drawn to the culture of BOA-Merrill Lynch; they are at the top of the field for my interests. The strong network of Hoyas bank-wide to lean on and learn from is a huge benefit.
Q. How are you applying what you learned in the classroom to the field?
A. By far, the most tangible course to my current work was the Real Estate Public Equity course taught by Edward Walter, Robert and Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate and professor of the practice. The curriculum directly relates to my work now, and to learn from Walter, who is a client of the firm I am interning for, there was no better teacher or no better topic than this course.
Q. What advice can you share for new and future Hoyas?
A. It is important to come into business school with laser focus. Know what you want to accomplish before coming in, then use business school as a tool to achieve that end. This way you can take full advantage of the numerous resources the McDonough School of Business offers.
Q. How do you keep in touch with alumni?
A. When I was choosing a business school, I consciously chose McDonough because it is a smaller environment with a more tightly knit alumni network. The professors have acted as great bridges to different influential alumni and are key relationships and resources themselves.