I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and have lived there my entire life with the exception of the 13 months my family spent as missionaries in Rome, Italy. I am 21 years old, and I have a twin sister, a younger brother, and a younger sister. I went to Hinsdale Central High School, where I played football and lacrosse and excelled in a variety of honors and AP courses.
I actually grew up a Michigan fan, but after visiting Notre Dames campus I knew this was the place for me. Once at Notre Dame I quickly found a job in the development department as a computer support assistant. I work about 15 hours a week, and really enjoy my time there. I have consistently worked a job while in school since my sophomore year of high school and I think it has taught me the importance of time management and prioritization.
I am also active in several clubs at the University of Notre Dame:
- I am a leader with the local Young Life organization, where I plan weekly meetings for 30 to 40 kids and attend summer camp as a counselor for those kids.
- I am an associate in the Notre Dame Investment Club. Myself and the five other associates lead groups of students in selecting the stocks, which make up the clubs $400,000 portfolio.
- I also participate in 3 inter-hall sports as well as the wakeboard team here at Notre Dame.
Over the past 2 years I have tried to define where my interest in finance lies through job shadows, speaking to many finance professional, reading several books, and opening up a personal trading account.
- I spent a day at Goldman Sachs sitting on their equities trading desk and spending time shadowing an analyst from private wealth and an associate in their IBD.
- I spent a day at J.P. Morgan Chase in the Government Non-Profit and Healthcare group of their commercial bank.
- I spent a day at Code Hennessy and Simmons LLC and Concentric Equity Partners LP, two separate private equity firms in Chicago.
So far, I have returned 20% on my personal trading account, and I finished the semester in second place out of 48 people in the Notre Dame Investment Clubs virtual stock market game. Last fall, I won a trading simulation held by BP recruiters on campus. I believe my passion for the markets, quantitative mind and naturally driven personality will help me thrive in any facet of the finance industry, but it is currently my desire to enter the Investment Banking world upon graduation from The University of Notre Dame.