First Year MBA students hit Wall Street

  • In Times Square
    In Times Square  First year MBA students, from left, Nikhil Sapra, Harsh Nahata, Vivek Reddy, Gaurav Kohli and Sid Bhartiya.  
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Fifteen students of the Mason School of Business used their fall break to learn about the financial services industry. They took a train to New York City and spent their time on Wall Street to hear it straight from those in the know.

The trip was organized by Gregory Staton, a second year MBA and president of the finance club, and Mark Case, Director of Career Services .

The group of first years joined Greg, Mark and several alumni on the two-day trip. During the trip, the group met with BlackRock, Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.  Each firm welcomed the students and the people there provided a broad overview of the various career opportunities in finance.

“Each business applied basic principles of finance to their everyday business functions, and each in different, creative ways. Our trip to Bloomberg helped solidify my belief that finance is the universal language of business,” said Abideen O. Onigbanjo

The trip was also an opportunity to connect with William & Mary alumni in the New York City area.  A reception with alumni was held at Pescatore, a mid-town restaurant.

The students found the trip worth sacrificing a break from studies, and the nine hours spent on the train.

“Mark and Greg put together a wonderful trip that ran remarkably smoothly for the first trial.  They provided us the opportunity to meet executives at industry leading companies and network with William & Mary Alumni living and working in New York City,” said Brian Lane.