I am back in Columbus after an exciting break full of travel, and I was met with cold temperatures and a little bit of snow! I wrote about one of the very fun trips I took over Christmas break in a recent post. Another trip I took over break was to Houston, Texas, to go apartment-hunting and do a little sight-seeing, as that’s where I’ll begin work after graduation.
Since it’s the beginning of a new semester and also since this semester is made up almost entirely of electives, I thought it would be good to do a preview of my first quarter of classes. The SMF curriculum allows you to choose from any of four different concentrations if you wish, but you are not required to follow any track. This flexibility in choosing your classes is one reason I was attracted to the program. I decided to use this flexibility to my advantage by taking classes from all the different areas of concentration offered in the SMF curriculum. In the area of corporate finance, I’ll be taking Mergers & Acquisitions. This course also happens to be taught by the SMF program director, Professor George Pinteris. In the area of investment management I’ll be taking Portfolio Management and Fixed Income. Within the risk management area, I’ll be taking Derivatives Valuation. Finally, within the real estate concentration, I’ll be taking Real Estate Valuation. This course in real estate will also give me the opportunity to pursue a certification in Argus, a real estate valuation software.
I am very excited for all of these classes, as I think they represent the spectrum of finance offered to SMF students. I also think that these different areas of the SMF cur,riculum give me the chance to practice honing different skills. For example, the Mergers & Acquisitions course will help me to hone soft skills through the heavy class participation required, while the investments and risk management courses will be much more quantitative in focus. Finally the real estate valuation course will teach me technical and applied skills by learning a specific software used in industry.
I’m ready for the exciting and challenging semester ahead of me!