Meet a Finance Major

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Chris Calabro ’14

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • Golf Team 
  • Finance & Economics Club
  • Campus Events Staff
 

Why did you choose your major? 

I chose to major in finance because I wanted to challenge myself. The introductory course opened my eyes to the power of money when used properly. Also, my Intro to Finance professor did not force the material on the class. She made sure we grasped a concept before she moved on so I really understood the material well.

What has been your favorite class? 

My favorite class has been the Intro to Finance course because it covered such a wide range of topics in the finance world.

Have you done any internships?

I have had two internships, both related to marketing. My first internship was with Elite Experiences, and my second internship was with Amrita Health Foods.

What are your plans after graduation?

I can see myself doing sales for a company, working at a hedge fund or even starting my own business.

What are the faculty like?

The faculty members are very helpful. They are excited to see you learn and understand the material. Faculty members are always making themselves available.

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

I love that I can apply the techniques of my major to my real life situations. I financed a car recently and was able to negotiate the terms based on my knowledge of finance. Then I showed it to my professor and she told me I made the right deal.

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

It is very tough to read the textbook, so when I need to clarify something, I go straight to the professor for help.  

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

First, you have to have a general idea of what you want to do — whether it be business, education, engineering, etc. If you chose business, I would tell new students not choose a concentration until you have taken every intro class (for example Intro to Marketing, Intro to Finance, etc.) because the intro classes can help you decide which area you are most interested in.