"Our professors really care about our success and want to help us as much as possible, which I believe is something that sets Saunders apart from other colleges."
Why did you decide to attend Saunders College of Business at RIT?
I decided to attend Saunders because I wanted to stay in Rochester and I wanted a campus that I could be involved in, RIT has given me just that. I have had the opportunity to join organizations such as Sigma Alpha Mu and been given leadership opportunities within it. I have been able to work in multiple departments within RIT, understanding more than just my role but a business sense of what has to occur for a specific department to be able to operate. When managers at RIT hear that you are in Saunders they want to help you apply what you learn in the classroom to a real world situation and that is what I was looking for in a college. I wanted to apply what I learn rather than wait until after college. The Co-Op program at RIT has allowed me to do just that too, where I am able to work in the finance industry before graduating, learning not only in the classroom but on the job, better preparing me for the workplace.
What's great about your co-op?
Since I started at my Co-Op in January of 2018 I have been treated like a family member at Mantione Financial, a quality that you do not often see in business owners. Trust comes with being treated like a family member, where I am given assignments such as analyzing mutual funds or helping prepare parts of tax returns for my boss to review with little to no supervision unless I ask for guidance. I am allowed a lot of freedom to get the tasks completed as long as they are completed correctly and that is huge within a company. I am not just a temporary employee at this firm, I am a part of the long term vision making the Co-Op experience that much better. At Mantione Financial, I am able to learn about Wealth Management and Taxes, two different but connected areas of the finance industry. It is due to this Co-Op that I decided to pursue a career not only in Wealth Management but Tax Preparation as well and go for my Enrolled Agent Certification. Without me attending Saunders and applying to Mantione Financial through Handshake I would not be on the career path I am today.
In what ways has Saunders/RIT prepared you for the job market?
Saunders has prepared me by allowing me to be tested constantly whether it is in the form of an exam, group project or an individual project. I am experiencing this right now as I go for my Enrolled Agent Certification, Saunders has prepared me well for the professional exams by continuously pushing us to be the best students and allow us the chance to take hard exams and also learn from our mistakes so that we can grow as students and as people. Saunders has allowed me the opportunity to work in groups often, preparing me to work in a team at my Co-Op but also give me the confidence to work independently and know my work come from a strong foundation of knowledge through the rigorous financial courses.
What do you feel is the most distinctive advantage gained from your Saunders Experience?
The most distinctive advantage gained from Saunders would be how hard our professors push us to work. Our professors really care about the students and without them Saunders would not be the College it is today. One of the best examples is when students do not perform well on the exam and go into the office hours of a professor, the professor wants to help the student as much as possible and not just tell the student the material again but figure out why the student had difficulty and strategies in order to perform better not only in their classroom but every classroom. I have gone to my Tax Preparation professor for questions not related to my class with him and he set time aside to help me come to the best solution for me, showing that professors care about the students success, something that sets Saunders apart from other Colleges.