A self-proclaimed “curious person,” Jasleen Dhariwal ’23 M.S. is so eager to learn everything she can about business that she was willing to travel half-way around the world to earn a master’s degree in finance at Syracuse University’s Whitman School.
A native of India and a graduate of the University of London with a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance, Dhariwal knew she wanted to pursue her master’s degree in a place that was within easy traveling distance to New York City.
“What better place to study finance than near the world’s financial capital? she says, noting that the location was a major factor in choosing to attend Whitman.
After completing her first two semesters, she is pleased with her choice. “I am incredibly happy with the coursework and the more profound insight into the subject matter,” she says. “Whitman’s well-qualified and respected faculty have contributed immensely to my understanding of the financial markets.”
“The infrastructure at Syracuse University has given me a platform to showcase my skills and is preparing me to be among the leaders in the industry,” she adds.
According to Dhariwal, case studies in her Corporate Finance Policy & Strategy class and Investment Simulations in her investment analysis class have proven to be some of the highlights of the program so far, as well as faculty feedback that has improved her problem-solving methods and group assignments that have made her more accountable and a better communicator.
“Class discussions and active participation at Whitman have challenged me to dwell deeper and give me a sort of boldness, which is a critical characteristic of an effective financial consultant,” she explains.
While Dhariwal has been concentrating on her studies, she hasn’t been too busy to visit New York City a couple of times, mostly during school breaks. She finds walking around the Financial District “mesmerizing” and often wanders through the city “locating my potential dream company’s office building.”
“The New York City atmosphere is motivating and has encouraged me to work harder towards my goals,” she says, “Visiting has helped define my aspirations and visualize my life over the next couple of years.”
When she graduates in the spring of 2023, Dhariwal hopes to work in an investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, while also obtaining her CFA certifications.
Already she has been approached by a few recruiters, most of whom have positions based in Manhattan. This curious student has leveraged these opportunities to research various companies in New York City and reach out to the Syracuse alumni who work there.
“The Syracuse alumni have been eager to tell me about their day-to-day tasks and about the company cultures of where they are employed, which has given me clarity and has helped me understand the work better,” she says. “After graduating, I see myself working in New York City, if given the opportunity. The Orange network is already assisting me in shaping my decisions.”
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