About Alex

Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut 
Current Position: Investment Banking Analyst, RBC Capital Markets
Previous University: Northeastern University 
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Entrepreneurship 
Q: Why did you pursue your master's in finance at D'Amore-McKim?  

A: The practical focus of the program was really appealing to me. The curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation in finance theory and analytical tools and to teach us to apply that knowledge to real-world situations. This emphasis was essential to me–I knew I wanted to work in the finance industry and be prepared to hit the ground running after graduation. The MS in Finance seemed like the perfect fit. 

Q: How will your identity as both a student and Division One athlete prepare you to achieve career goals? 

A: The biggest lesson I've learned as an athlete is to put one hundred percent effort into everything I do. I am on the ice competing with teammates, and I am also in the classroom working with my peers. I give everything I have to whatever I do. Through my sports background, I've developed a skillset that I transfer to my identity as a student today and my future as an investment banker. I balance my commitments while still putting in effort and showing up for myself, my peers, and my teammates. As I progress in my career, I will utilize the lessons I've learned to help me succeed.  

Q: Tell us about your student experience at D'Amore-McKim?  

A: My experience as a student at D'Amore-McKim has been really fulfilling. I've had a great support system, been academically challenged, and learned a lot. D'Amore-McKim has been supportive as I balanced time commitments and worked to achieve career aspirations. My advisor and professors have offered their advice and encouraged me along the way. I can't imagine being at any other school.   

Q: How has your degree prepared you for your full-time position after graduation?   

A: I recently accepted an investment banking analyst position at RBC Capital Markets. As a student at Northeastern, I was lucky enough to land two separate summer internships with RBC. This past summer, I worked as a Corporate Banking Summer Analyst. I was able to land this job with help from my advisor and through networking with Northeastern alums.   

I've developed an impressive skill set at D'Amore-McKim that has prepared me for my future career in finance. I've gained a strong foundation in finance fundamentals with courses that connect the dots across every level of finance. I've developed strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and soft skills like time management and communication. Establishing a deep understanding of financial analysis, valuation, and modeling has already significantly impacted my feeling prepared for my new role.  

Q: What advice do you have for future students?  

A: Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I had a few classes I was nervous about taking, but after diving into the material and speaking with teachers and peers, I realized everyone is there to learn and help each other. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. Life's a learning experience, and you should take advantage of the opportunities in front of you right now. 

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