Monday, September 26, 2011

The past couple of weeks…

My life for the past two weeks has been non-stop school! I don’t think I can go into a ton of detail on EVERYTHING that has happened, so here are some of the highlights.

Quizzes galore! I guess this isn’t really a highlight, but it’s still significant. We had two quizzes in Managerial Economics and one in Accounting. Even though these quizzes are worth a small part of our final mark (no more than 10%), the first-years were studying hard.

The RFA invited two speakers from their speakers series. Last week, Som Seif, the President and CEO of Claymore Inc. came in to speak to us about his experiences in the finance industry. I found his talk very inspiring and enlightening. Some of his words of wisdom include: “Never let money be a factor in whether you accept a job or not,” and “You’re all smart; the thing that is going to get you noticed, though, is your capacity and willingness to learn new things and your ability to work hard.” I hope the rest of the speakers that the RFA has scheduled to come to Rotman are as good as Som.

And today, the speaker was Professor Heather-Anne Irwin, a Rotman professor of finance for second-year courses. She has worked in the capital markets industry for 16 years in a variety of roles. She gave us a very good outline of how the capital markets industry works and detailed what you might be expected to do if you worked as an investment banker, research analyst, portfolio manager and trader. I would say a very helpful session, especially for those attendees who may not be familiar with the finance industry.

WIMA also had their kickoff meeting. They discussed the kinds of events that we can expect over the year, and the Associate Dean of the Executive Degree Programs, Beatrix Dart, spoke to us about “Power Tools for Women.” I am really looking forward to some of the events this club has to offer. I am especially grateful that when they have networking events, the ratio of industry representatives to Rotman students is among the best for all the club networking events.

That’s about it for now. The first-year students are required to read and write a paper on the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis (paper due Sunday night) so I really need to get this book finished! Wish me luck!

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