University of Minnesota

Finance Student Profile

Name: Kennedy Minea
Graduation Year:
Hometown: Mendota Heights, MN

How and why did you choose your major?

I choose to study finance because I was interested in the learning more about the financial complexities businesses face when making decisions. These decisions include things like when to invest in a project and which projects to invest in. With the finance major, I can takeaway some key understandings and apply it to my own life. I also choose finance because financial knowledge lends itself to many different positions. As a freshman/sophomore, I wasn't sure what job I wanted, but I knew that with my financial background I could so many different things. I think that's what is exciting about any business major. As a business major in general, you can work in any industry because a company will need a financial analyst and a human resource department no matter what they are selling.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

Finance is the careful analysis done on a company's assets and liabilities. It is forward looking. Finance takes the company's information and decides what to do next to improve profits or to satisfy shareholders. What I love about the business program is that I've been exposed to how to price certain projects or securities. On top of that, I've been taught how to think crtitcally about how the results of my calculations with affect managements decisions.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Having had two internships in the investment strategy team at Allianz Life, I can see the importance of what I study. While I am smart enough to sit there and crunch numbers, it's the financial framework that really helps me explain to my managers why we are experiencing a change.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

That going to class is not enough. You need to understand what current events are driving the financial landscape right now.

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