Back to School! SMF Kickoff/ Orientation

Some of the 2013 SMF class getting acquainted on the first day of orientation.


The first day of school is always full of excitement and mystery! The first day of orientation a couple of weeks ago was no different for the 2013 SMF class. The majority of the students came to the program from other parts of the country or world! That means most of us were, not only, coming to a new school and program, but also to a new city and new group of friends. One would have expected the introduction process to have a timid ambiance, but the day couldn’t have gone smoother from beginning to end. So for anyone who is nervous about a big move from out of state, or even from abroad: Don’t be scared! It’s an exciting opportunity to go outside your comfort zone!

Quick Notes From Orientation:

  • We were introduced to the program by Nancy Lahmers (Executive Director of Grad Programs Office), Christine Poon (Dean of the Fisher College of Business), Karen Hopper Wruck (Associate Dean), and George Pinteris (Director of the SMF Program). It is clear the Fisher College of Business and the Specialized Master of Finance program are in great hands. These people have valuable experience to go along with a fantastic vision for the future. It’s enough to get anyone excited about the program!
  • We are certainly going to be well-prepared for the financial world in a year’s time! Select members of the SMF faculty introduced their respective classes to us. The professors made it clear we are going to be working hard and learning a lot! The backgrounds and past experiences of the faculty are diverse and should lead to an exciting array of learning opportunities.
  • Audra Fry and the Office of Career Management are for real! The resources and opportunities they have put together for us seem limitless. I am ecstatic about the support I will be receiving in my job hunt throughout the year.
  • Finally, we will be receiving outstanding guidance and exposure throughout the program. On our very first day, Rene Stulz spoke on what it will take to complete the rigorous Financial Risk Manager Program and representatives from the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Columbus discussed the ins and outs of surviving the demanding CFA Program. Furthermore, the exposure to outside entities through career fairs, speakers, workshops, seminars, and so on will be a tremendous perk as we move toward careers in the financial world.

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