College: Baruch College
NYNY Internships: The Blackstone Group and Lazard LTD
I have given myself the role of inspiring my siblings and my community by showing them that you don’t need to settle for tradition. In my culture, women are not expected to succeed or break barriers, and I know I will be the one to truly change this. My family moved to Queens before I was born to provide their future family with a plethora of opportunities they did not have access to back in India, and a place where there was no bias against race, gender or religion. Additionally, they did not want to start a family in a country that at the time was politically and socially unstable.
Ever since I was young I was told “take the impossible and make it happen.” Whenever someone told me I could not do something, I would take that as motivation to do it. In elementary school one of my teachers told my parents that I would never be able to excel in math. Hearing him say that, combined with me trying to prove to myself as a female to my community, made me want to work harder and make math my best subject. I took his words, and proved him wrong. I not only excelled, but I became the top math student in the school by the time I graduated from elementary and middle school. In high school I became involved with the math team along with the United Nations Club and started to attend conferences where I learned about important global issues. I loved being involved with the world on a macro level, and combined it with my passion for math to finally decide I wanted to major in finance.
I chose Baruch College because I had a full merit scholarship to attend. I am now currently majoring in Finance while pursuing minors in Interdisciplinary Arts, Communication, and Mathematics. My favorite courses (besides finance) in Baruch have been art and political science. This is because I have a passion for making and observing art because it can be interpreted by anyone and it has no language barrier. My love of political science is defined by my passion for trying to solve global issues that concern the wellbeing of humanity, and my desire for the world to unite and ignore cultural and language barriers.
To continue to delve into my interest in global issues, I took a course that focused on Homelessness, where my classmates and I chose to focus on homeless policy and how the gaps in the efficiency of the policy could be fixed. Additionally, I am involved in the leadership of two groups at Baruch. I am the President of the Finance and Economics Society and the Co-Founder and Head of the Technology, Telecom, and Media group of Baruch’s Investment Management Group.
My career goal is to work in Investment banking or Investment Management because both these careers will allow me to use my skills in mathematics and analytics to deal with the macro level trends of the world. I love that in either path, I will need to be aware of the current market conditions which are usually swayed by political, social and geographical events. After gaining some work experience, I hope to continue my education after Baruch at a top rated business school to pursue my MBA and rise in ranks at whichever job I am at.