Alma mater: Clark University, class of 2022, BA in Sociology
Industry: Financial Management
Coach: Roy Chatterjee
Favorite Quote: I always tend to say to others or to myself "Do what you can in your control and do not worry about what is outside of it".
Why did you pick your college major? How did that help (or not) lead you to where you are now? I chose sociology to strengthen my interpersonal skills and get more disciplined in how to gather information from different sources. I would say sociology has given me more patience in different areas of my life and a open-mindedness on how to navigate my work.
Did your major change from freshman to senior year? Why/how? I originally intended on a mix of psychology and business management, but the classes did not interest me so I engaged in a few sociology courses that piqued my desire to take more classes that focused on different subjects.
How have your career aspirations changed over the years? I had lots of changes in what industry I wanted to pursue. I originally had some curiosity in healthcare management in regards to my sociology background. However, towards the end of my senior year at Clark, I had wanted to go solely focused on technology but I currently have decided to go after financial-technologies in my future careers.
What impact/influence did ZF have on your academic career? Your professional career? The ZF Community had kept me accountable by making sure I was doing well academically while also keeping balance in my life to not be overwhelmed. My mentor has been a big help with the check-ins we had making sure I was staying on top of goals in the long-term.
What drew you to ZF? Why did you choose to apply? My mentor had pushed me to apply since he saw me as a potential candidate who qualifies for what the Zenie Foundation stands for. I went for it and was fortunate enough to be in the community all these years.
We are just beginning to develop our ZF alumni community. Please share your thoughts or ideas for what you would like to see this community become or what you would like to get out of it. I'm excited to see mentorship between alumni and current/future students continue to build up as the ZF community grows and how we all can benefit from each other.
What services and/or resources were most helpful to you? (This can be at ZF, at your school, or somewhere else!) I would say advisors at school and my mentor I've had has been the best beneficial in keeping me in check and helping me evaluate my career goals.
What is a misconception that you had as a student about your career and the professional world? That I would not have a good work/life balance at all. I originally thought balance would be overwhelming prior to graduating, but I feel good at the moment of my career!
What are some roadblocks you have hit during your career? How did you get through them? Imposter syndrome is a big roadblock for me always doubting my skills and experience on if I actually have made it to where I am.
What is your favorite thing about your job? The people I work with and the constant routine alongside random projects working for my director.
Any exciting projects that you’re currently working on (that you can share publicly)? I am trying to create a portfolio regarding my studies in data science!
What piece(s) of advice would you give to your college/high school self? I would say be more assertive to your own balance and time. Don't throw away time for experiences and moments that are not memorable, especially social and personal life choices. I'd like to see more early start to the things I currently do now such as consistent exercise, balanced meals, better sleep, proper saving and investing. Lastly, I'd want to see more opportunities taken and more opportunity seeking rather than staying stagnant or passive.
What is something that you have learned about yourself since starting your career? I learned that I can do more than I expect out of myself by staying calm and stress-free which helps me make more clear decisions.
Tell us about a time you made yourself proud. I would say recently this past year the most proud I've been is putting aside my pride and opening up to my peers and professor to have help on a project in one of my courses. I tend to do most actions myself because I believe its the most efficient work style for me, but I've been better about always asking for help.
What hobbies/interests do you have outside of work? Tell us about them! Why are they your passions and how did you get involved? I love shooting photos, exercise, and personal finance! Photography has always been my creative outlet for fun or for personal projects. I always accept gigs or working with other artists to share ideas and have fun. Exercise has been great for me in recent years where it relieves stress and gives me new milestones to reach. It helps me stay consistent and more disciplined in managing time for my life. Personal finance in the past few years started off being a necessity to understand better through budgeting and habits regarding my spending. Eventually, it became more satisfying and joyful to learn new things about finance to better my life. This led me to my current position working in a finance role within a non-profit and the hope of landing my career in fintech later on.