In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who have been named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2019.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
My favorite experience was the Vienna & Prague Study Abroad Program with Professor Fedorikhin! As a young child, I never thought I would travel outside of the country, but with my study abroad scholarship from the Childers and being a Kelley Honors student, it was possible! It was my first time out of the country and we were able to visit:
• Reykjavik, Iceland
• London, England
• Vienna, Austria
• Bratislava, Slovakia
• Prague, Czech Republic
• Berlin, Germany
• Geneva, Switzerland
• Milan, Italy
• Paris, France
I was able to make great memories and be exposed to countries I could see myself living in for decades!
What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite course has been the Commercial Real Estate Workshop, hands down! It’s a year long, 8 weeks per semester, course where students are able to dive directly into work they will be doing in various commercial real estate fields. We have lessons on appraising, market research, development, acquisitions, REIT analysis, private equity JV structures, and more!
First, we get a case study and learn the basics from our professor, John Snell. Then, teams dissect the case and prepare a presentation, learning valuable information along the way. The next week, a professional comes in to judge our cases and then shows us how their firm actually handled the case. This a great opportunity to build our network, and interact closely with students from both the Indy and Bloomington campuses.
The workshop is very helpful for interviews and the job/internship search. I receive 10 emails weekly about exclusive internship opportunities for the workshop members. During interviews, I have many examples and demonstrated experience to talk about across all sectors of Real Estate. I'm able to use these experiences to answer both technical & qualitative questions.
Also, we are invited to many alumni networking events, dinners, and brunches with a room full of employers, alum, and other students. We take trips to Chicago several times a year and network with more students from across the Midwest. I even had the opportunity to participate in the Cornell Case Competition with the Bloomington students in NYC, and we placed 4th globally in the Finals! It’s always fun to compete against the best schools and being able to bring home a prize.
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If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
I would pick the professors Glen Larsen, Michael Steinhardt, and Steve Jones. These professors have always supported me! I feel like they were always searching for opportunities, scholarships, case study competitions, and internships on my behalf. They showed genuine concern in my education and development as a student. Steve Jones was my professor for F303. Glen Larsen is my faculty advisor for the CFA research competition. Michael Steinhardt was my professor for F305 and is my faculty advisor for the Finance & Investment Club. They all have provided me with new knowledge in finance and investing that I will forever be grateful for. These guys were the best & always believed in me!
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After I graduate, I plan to be at a Private Equity Real Estate firm in a major city like Boston, Chicago, or New York. I would like to work on the Acquisitions/Development team, which essentially analyzes which properties our firm would purchase as investments, and pursue opportunities to build new Real Estate. By graduation, I will have had two internships at two Private Equity Real Estate firms, in Boston and Chicago. Currently, I am not sure which particular firm I will work for after graduation, but I am confident my education and skills won’t let me down. Also, I love the diversity of investing, so I also see myself being very active in public equity markets (stocks), debt markets, and searching for a niche or untapped market. Wherever I am, I do not see myself stagnant, but instead always learning.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
I love participating in case study competitions! I love getting together with other brilliant minds and putting together our project. Presenting and getting to see what other students did during the competition period has really expanded my perspectives, developed my knowledge, and helped me solve problems differently. It’s also nice to see how classwork is relevant to what is happening in the real world!
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
College is fun and you should cherish every minute of it, but let’s not forget the most important part is how you intend college to help your future!
I would tell them to buckle down and decide what they truly came to school to do, earlier rather than later. It is okay if that changes, but at least you are working towards something! Sadly, senior year second semester is too late to start thinking about what you want to do after school. You have to truly work on your craft outside of classes to make your craft work for you in interviews and be the bargaining tool you need for a better position, salary, or location.
This can be done by getting involved in a student organization, attending conferences, case competitions, doing informational interviews with people in your field (both old and young), and speaking with your professors for advice.
A great game plan would be to spend sophomore year exploring your interests, networking, and polishing your resume. During the summer transition between sophomore and junior year, begin to enter the recruitment process for a summer internship. This could get your foot in the door for a full time position after graduation, so make sure to go the extra mile every day during your internship to get the return offer for full time. By senior year, a good goal to set would be to find your full time job by fall semester (even beginning the search in the summer) or early spring semester at the latest to ensure you are able to get the best opportunity at securing your dream job!
All of these tips will set you well ahead of the curve.
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment would be finding out how competitive I was as a Kelley student. I was able to make it to the final rounds at major firms like Goldman Sachs and Blackstone for internships that were open to undergraduate and graduate students, after they recruited predominately at Ivy League schools. Even though I didn’t get the internship, it definitely destroyed my notion that IUPUI Finance students may be unable to attract attention from top firms in NYC. It is truly about hard work and your own personal determination.
I demonstrated how tangible goals and dreams are for everyone, especially being an African American female from a very poor community, who didn’t know what finance was two years ago. Even after being told to be “realistic," and that Private Equity is most likely out of my reach, I have secured two Private Equity summer internships for 2018 and 2019 with my Kelley Indianapolis degree in Finance.