BackgroundInterview Date:October 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Race/Ethnicity: South Asian
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Graduation Year: 2021
High School Experience: Private school in Jersey City, New Jersey with a graduating class of about 230 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: No
Major: Finance with a concentration in Fintech
Extracurricular Activities: I [have a leadership position] in the Entrepreneurship Society; I’m a senator on the student government; I work at the Development Office at Fordham and at the Fordham Foundry, which is our start-up incubator; I’m a tour guide for the Rose Hill Society; I’m a Giving Day Chair for the Student Philanthropy Committee; and I’m part of the Finance Society.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The Entrepreneurship Society, Fordham Foundry, and the Development Office have had the biggest impact on me. Being [a leader] in the Entrepreneurship Society, I’ve learned a lot of leadership skills and team management skills. I know how to follow up, interact with people, and make sure everyone is on the same page. For the Fordham Foundry, I’ve learned how to take on different projects, how to get in touch with the right people and see who fits the criteria for what needs you have. Then, working for the Development Office, I’ve learned how to schmooze, mingle, network, or just interact with high-level people and actually learn from them.
Are clubs at Fordham competitive to get into?
The majority of clubs are not competitive to get into. There are certain clubs that have certain activities, like consulting challenges or site visits, that you have to apply to get into. But, most clubs are open to anyone to join.