Areas of Concentration: Neuroscience and Civil Engineering, Media Studies and Business
I come from the San Francisco area, and despite the prospect of a frosty freshman year, I decided that the East Coast offered better educational and career opportunities. In choosing MIT, and doing most of my coursework at MIT Sloan, I have absolutely no regrets at all. In fact, three weeks before graduation last spring, I decided to stay on for a fifth year to seek a second undergraduate degree and help Professor John Akula complete research for a book he was about to publish. I started my fifth year knowing I had a job as a financial analyst in equity sales at Goldman Sachs in New York when I graduated. Goldman Sachs agreed to defer the job offer for a year.
My second undergraduate degree is in media studies with a focus in broadcast journalism. Currently, I'm working as a news reporter in training at a local television affiliate in Boston. I'm hoping to get an internship this spring with CNN in Los Angeles, which will end just before I start my job in New York. Maybe eventually I'll work as a technical or financial journalist for a news organization.
One of the major highlights of my MIT career was working as a teaching assistant this past semester for a new course called Legal Frameworks for the Biotech Industry. Assisting with a new course was a great experience. MIT is the frontrunner in the biomedical industry. In the class, which had an extensive waiting list, we had PhD candidates from the Harvard Science Technology Program, as well as second-year MBAs from Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan. The reviews have been very good, so the course will be offered again next year.
Many recruiters come to MIT Sloan to find good candidates. I found most of my contacts through MIT Sloan people or alumni. Most employers are pleased to learn they can find students with a good balance of both quantitative and qualitative skills here.