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Alumni of the Week: Lauren Strand ’15

Alumni of the Week: Lauren Strand ’15

Lauren Strand Remembrance Scholars 2014-15From the moment I stepped onto Syracuse’s campus as a junior in high school, I knew that it was where I wanted to spend my college years. And now, six months post-grad, I know that applying early decision to Syracuse was the best decision I’ve probably ever made. My path through Syracuse was slightly unconventional, but it allowed me to get the most out of my college experience.

I started college as a sports management major with the dream of becoming a sports agent. Once I realized that the life of an agent isn’t as glamorous as people make it out to be, I had to reconsider what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I had no clue what the answer was, but I figured that picking up a major in Whitman was a good place to start; I was right.

I became a student in Whitman at the start of the fall semester of my sophomore year, and I spent a lot of that semester figuring out how I could feasibly complete two majors in two colleges that didn’t offer a dual degree program. After a lot of emails back and forth with advisors, we figured out a plan, and the next mountain to tackle was figuring out my major. I finally declared marketing management as my major at the end of my junior year. However, after a summer internship at the New York Mets, and after reflecting on my semester of the Whitman core (finance, marketing and supply chain management), I realized that finance was the field that I wanted to pursue. I changed my major to finance the day before my first class as a senior.

I went into the fall semester’s career fairs terrified I wouldn’t be able to find a job because I only had experience working for sports teams and for sports-related companies. However, Whitman had prepared me well in my finance courses and also in how to present myself professionally. By mid-November of my senior year, I had been offered and accepted a job with J.P. Morgan. Without the flexibility that Whitman and Syracuse provided me to weave my own path during my time in college, I wouldn’t have been able to find my way to a job that I love. And I know that in the future if I want to change roles or perhaps move cities, I’ll be able to apply what I learned from Whitman in order to do so.

Connect with Lauren:

Twitter: @strandsoflauren

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenstrand

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