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This past March, my fellow classmates and I were informed that my current institution, Saint Joseph’s College, would be closing its doors due to a lack of sufficient financials. In a panic, I was faced with several life altering questions regarding what my academic future holds. After many sleepless nights, I decided it would be best to continue to pursue my professional goals at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
This fall, I will be expanding my knowledge by double majoring in Economics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in order to prepare me for a successful career in investment banking. I am confident that an economics major will provide me with a higher quality of understanding for business in an ever-changing global economy. Additionally, computing and computer technology are a prevalent part of modern day society, making having a background in computer science an extremely marketable and useful skill. Both degrees enable me to pursue my career in investment banking. 
During my short stay at Saint Joseph’s College, I was a member of several organizations. One organization that had the deepest impact on me was the Investment Club. In the Investment Club, we liquidated the market by trading tens of thousands of real dollars that were accumulated by the club since its birth. My involvement in Investment Club has ignited my fervor in pursuing my dream job of becoming an investment banker. I plan on creating an Investment Club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that will unite students with similar interests in the financial field. The Investment Club parallels some of the goals and objectives of investment banks and trading firms, giving students an opportunity to get hands on experience in economics and finance. 

After I graduate, I plan to take the CFA exam and begin my career at an investment bank in Chicago. The CFA certification will prepare me to excel in my specific field and provides me with the skills to be a more competitive applicant when applying for my first job. I realize that achieving my goals is no easy task and they require a stellar work ethic and a great deal of focus. Armed with a CFA certification, summer internships, and two degrees in both Economics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I will be prepared to prosper in the business world.

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