My name is Jose Baez and I am a rising junior at Rutgers University majoring in finance. Last year I transferred to Rutgers to increase my candidacy for a career on Wall Street and I went through an adjustment period. I wanted to share my story to show that having GRIT and perseverance can take you a long way. During the Fall semester I struggled and finished with a 2.8 GPA which was a lot lower than what I had at my previous university. After reflecting on my strengths and weaknesses during the adjustment period, I adopted new study habits and approach for my academic work. I decided to take 18 credits, a full course load the very next semester. I remained focused and worked hard, which ultimately paid off as I finished with 3.9 GPA. Throughout the process I was also able to secure an internship this summer at a Real Estate Private Equity firm in Washington D.C.
On campus I am a member of LIBOR (Little Investment Bankers of Rutgers) and I was one out of fifty students selected to participate in the Road to Wall Street Program in the Business School. Being in the program I was assigned a mentor who is an alum that currently works in the financial services industry, and in the spring, I took an exclusive financial modeling and market analysis course. The Road to Wall Street program definitely gave me a competitive edge when recruiting for internships because of the behavioral and technical skills that I developed. Outside of school I am involved with SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) and MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow) two organizations that provide students from diverse backgrounds with pre-professional development. My career aspirations once I graduate is to be an investment banker on Wall Street and to help other minorities break into the financial services industry.