Hello, my name is Alex Cohen and I am a senior double-majoring in Finance and Mechanical Engineering. I originally started at the U of A intending to major solely in engineering. When I decided I wanted a business foundation as well, I was drawn to finance due to my affinity for numbers. Over the course of my college career, I ended up finding that I am more passionate about finance and investing than engineering. As a result, I am looking forward to a career in finance upon graduation in May.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also involved on campus through my role as a Resident Assistant. I am very fortunate to have great friends, family, and mentors who helped me get to the place I am today. I enjoy being an RA because it gives me the opportunity to give back and be a resource in the same way that others were there for me.
Recently, I took the Bloomberg Aptitude Test at a session on campus. Bloomberg offers the test to students and recent graduates to measure “a person’s aptitude to be successful” in the business, finance, and economics fields. I scored in the 99th percentile and earned one of the top 3 scores worldwide in the month of February! My time in Eller definitely prepared me well both for this exam and for a career in business as a whole. In addition to providing me with a strong foundation of knowledge, Eller has given me many opportunities to apply my classes in a real-world setting. Specifically, my experience in the Applied Portfolio Management class and my participation in the CQA Investment Challenge gave me invaluable experience in security selection and portfolio construction.
I have learned many lessons during my time at the University of Arizona, but two really stand out as I move forward. First, I have learned the importance of being passionate about everything I do. Additionally, I have seen the benefits of surrounding myself with people who encourage me to be become better every day. I believe it is vital to make the most of each day, and these lessons will serve me well as I move forward.
In the immediate future, I am focused on my job search as well as studying for the CFA Level I exam which I will take in June. Over the next few years, I plan to continue my pursuit of the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by passing the level I, II, and III exams and earning relevant work experience. Eventually, I aspire to manage a hedge fund, taking advantage of my interest in the capital markets and my passion for problem solving. While it is almost time for me to leave the University of Arizona, I am excited for what the future brings. I am very proud that I will always be a Wildcat, and, of course, Bear Down!