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Growing up

Growing up

I’m from the small town of Salem, Virginia; a charming suburban area nestled in a valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with a wonderful family. My three younger brothers, my parents, my grandparents and my cousins have all had a significant impact on my life and I doubt I would be the person I am today without their guidance and support.

My father works with his two brothers in a small family business. As a teenager I spent many summer hours working for them, acquiring valuable life skills as I did my part to help the business grow. My father’s role in the business calls for him to travel frequently for meetings and presentations. I’ve been fortunate to tag along on a few of these trips; and on several occasions, my father has generously given my brothers and I some of the frequent flyer miles he’s accumulated. We’ve been fortunate to travel and experience different cultures.

I graduated from Salem High School in the spring of 2010. The following August I matriculated at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. At ColgateI forged many lifelong friendships, endured one of their toughest winters on record and alsocompeted for their varsity lacrosse program. Unfortunately, by May, financial matters made it difficult for me to continue my studies at the university and I made the decision to transfer to the University of Virginia. I acclimated quickly to the culture of Virginia and became involved in many different aspects of the university, serving as the Financial Columnist for the university paper, a Senior Associate in the investment club, a goalie on the varsity lacrosse team and a brother in a fraternity.

I graduated from Virginia in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics. After graduation, I quickly moved to New York City to begin working as a Financial Analyst within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Equity Sales & Trading Division. I’d previously completed an internship at Morgan Stanley the summer before and was eager to return full-time.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time living in New York. I’ve enjoyed the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the city – it’s exciting and contagious. Outside of work, I’ve tried to keep up with my passion for lacrosse by continuing to play for the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) and by volunteering as a middle school tutor for Harlem Lacrosse, a non-profit organization. I’m also living with my brother, which has been an incredibly fun experience for both of us. We enjoy working out together and meeting up with our friends after work or on the weekends. In the spring, we’ll travel frequently to watch our two younger brothers play lacrosse for their respective schools.

Throughout high school, college and still today, I’ve maintained several leadership roles in academics, athletics and community service organizations. I’ve been able to adjust to these roles and succeed in them because my family dynamics have taught me the value of loyalty, empathy and motivation. To be a successful leader, I believe you need to treat your peers, teammates and colleagues like family and lead with inspiration and compassion. I’ve always strived to be a leader both on and off the field.

While I’m grateful for the education I’ve received, some of my greatest life lessons have come from my family. I was fortunate to have known my great-grandfather, who died one month shy of his 106th birthday. I’d visit him regularly at his retirement home where he had dumbbells and running shoes next to his bed. He was always setting personal goals for himself, one of which was flying to Georgia to see the Atlanta Braves play baseball for this 100th birthday. He inspired my interest in athletics, but more importantly, he illustrated how the love of family, the power of setting goals and the ability to find passion in everything can create a foundation for a meaningful life.

Since I was 10 years old, I’ve gone to bed with a piece of paper next to me or taped to my ceiling with a list of goals I’d scribbled down. My goals have ranged from attaining the highest grades, improving my lacrosse game, obtaining an internship, moving to a big city and becoming a better individual through personal growth. Over the years my aspirations may have changed, but the piece of paper has always presented me with a roster of bold challenges and a reason to wake up the next day.

Today my goals are still there, but they’re currently a bit more open-ended. I have interests in finance, technology and entrepreneurship. I love to develop new skills, meet new people and acquire a different perspective along the way. I don’t know exactly where I’ll be in ten years, although I hope to have lived and worked abroad for a period of time, made a difference in the live of the people around me, sweated through a few endurance competitions and fueled my passion for learning.


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