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What attracted you to Rutgers University and the Honors/Scholars Program?
Given the size of Rutgers and the fact that it is public, I thought it to be advantageous to fall within a smaller, more elite group of students. I liked how the Honors Program had specific guidelines like a foreign language minimum requirement, while not being too prescriptive to disrupt the classes you planned on taking. At least a couple times, the Honors-version of what would have been a bigger Gen-Ed, made all the difference for me, whether it was a better learning experience or a stronger relationship with a Professor.
Why did you choose your major and minor?
I wanted to major in the Business School, and although it only offered 6 majors, I knew Accounting was the most broad, technical, and fundamental to apply. Spanish was a pleasant surprise in that I absolutely fell in love with learning the language and developed an expertise not many business students have.
Tell us a little bit about what you're doing now. What was your first job after Rutgers? Where you do you live? What was your first job after Rutgers? Where you do you live?
Currently, I am a Senior Analyst at Vanguard, based out of Malvern, PA. My group is Global Financial Reporting, so we create the financial statements available for all investors of our Non-US funds. That means I get to work with UK, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico teams and regulations, which offers competitive international business experience.
What has been your greatest professional and/or personal accomplishment since you graduated Rutgers?
Joining my current group at Vanguard as a Senior had a big impact for me because I was able to "blend both worlds" of my double major to work on Vanguard's first Latin American ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) domiciled in Mexico.
Was there a class and/or experience at Rutgers that led you to pursuing your current career?
Two 300-Level Spanish major courses, 'Spanish for Commerce' and 'Environment and Literature' were led by experienced Professors, who taught me the world is much bigger than our US perspectives. Globally, we face many problems and opportunities which happen to be interlinked. To solve them, we must build awareness of international and economic issues, so we can keep building a better human-experience in the natural world.
What three words describe your experience at Rutgers and the Honors/Scholars Program?
Unique. Fun. Customized.
How has your Rutgers and Honors education benefited you in your post-Rutgers life?
Although I did not complete a Capstone (I'm sure the CPA could count as a Post-Graduate Capstone... anyone?), my Honors Program education has carried weight in conversation describing my education at Rutgers. It was a bit taboo when the Honors College was created (and I am still not sure how the programs differ). However, the average person will hear "Honors" and assume it is a stronger niche to be recognized within the broad, public, and liberal-arts institution of Rutgers University.
What advice do you have for our current SAS Honors Program students?
Try to join a SASHP Global Experience Trip. They are unique opportunities with fortuitous scholarships available where you can travel with a small group to learn about a historic, diverse region of the world. As a Freshman in the Spring of 2014, Dean Nazario led an impactful trip to the Yucatan, MX! We studied the Mayan culture, explored ancient ruins, and experienced the biodiverse ecology of the area. It sparked my intuition that I had to keep pursuing Spanish as a least a minor (which later turned into a major).
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