Graduation Year: June 2018
Major: Major in Business
Hometown: Riverhead, NY
Current Professional Title: CX Quality Assurance Analyst
Name of Employer: Robinhood Markets
Why did you choose to attend Medgar Evers College?
I went to college at 25 and did not have the best high school track record. Medgar Evers College took me in and gave me the opportunity for an education. I chose Medgar Evers College for the practicality, as I lived just across Prospect Park in Windsor Terrace so it made my commute practical, especially via bicycle or car. I initially went to college to study Physical Therapy and with MEC having a relationship with SUNY Downstate College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, firmed my decision to attend the College.
What is one of your favorite memories, classes, professors, or activities while attending Medgar Evers College as a student?
Reflecting on my time at MEC, I realize I had some incredible experiences that are now great memories. The four professors that stand out the most are Professor Simon Best, Professor Tobias Pinckney, Professor Norman Loftis, and Professor Dennis Hall. Between them all, I had thought-provoking discussions, challenges that improved me academically, sparking me to get involved in school club activities.
How has your education at Medgar Evers College influenced or helped you in your life and career?
It opened doors to opportunities and a promising future that before MEC, was not possible. It opened the door to my internship at Data Capital Management, along with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, where I was offered and accepted my first job out of college to begin my career in Finance. The education itself, specifically, taught me how to think critically and make thoughtful decisions in each aspect of my life.
What are one or two of your proudest professional or personal accomplishments that occurred after graduating from MEC in which your education played a role?
There have been many professional moments that stand out, with the first being offered a job at J.P. Morgan Securities. Before having a college education, I would apply for many roles with little success in landing interviews, and these were for roles that did not require a college education. In addition to that, Morgan Stanley had contacted me about a position with their company as well. The proud moment comes from the feeling of being considered by historically prestigious firms such as these. I’m proud to have achieved my current role with Robinhood, which was a startup when I first joined in April of 2020 and is a very different experience from J.P. Morgan. I realized I can operate successfully in a fast-paced ever-changing work environment.
What piece of professional advice would you give your fellow MEC alumni?
While at college, take advantage of the resources available to you. For example, if you’re in the School of Business, take advantage of the opportunities available in the Business Office in the S-building. Regarding professional advice, I have three things to share: 1) Show up, 2) Put your best foot forward, and 3) Respect your boundaries. Here is what those three things mean- Show up and be present every day at work. While you’re there, put your best foot forward every day. Respect your boundaries with any employer and what I mean by that is that burnout is real; be mindful of the value of your time and energy. There will always be more work to be done, regardless of your level of effort given on a task, so be mindful of your time and energy.