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The second annual Wall Street Crash Course on campus Sept. 16-17 gave aspiring bulls and bears an up-close look at the ins and outs of the finance industry. The event drew 180 undergraduates for learning, discussions and networking with 30 Tufts alumni from the world of finance.

“The Wall Street Crash Course was truly remarkable, with more than double the students from the previous year,” said Jay Joshi, A12, president of the student-run Tufts Financial Group, which co-hosted the event with the Tufts Financial Network and the Office of Career Services.

“The addition of an advanced session allowed even experienced students to learn something new,” Joshi said, “while the number of impressive alumni who took the time to connect with students speaks volumes about Tufts and the people associated with the university.”

William Huang, A12, majoring in international relations, said he took away a great deal from the event. “It opened my eyes to many different areas of finance from hedge funds to boutique investment banks,” he said. “I liked the small table luncheons because I got a chance to learn more about the recruitment process in major investment banks.”

Eileen Aptman, J90, chief investment officer at Belfer Management LLC, participated as a member of the Tufts Financial Network. “My day at the Crash Course showed me just how well prepared Tufts students are for a future in finance,” she said. “They are extremely capable and bright, and welcomed a bit of guidance as to how best to position themselves for obtaining finance jobs or internships. I’m glad I could share my insights.”

The idea for the Wall Street Crash Course came from Jeff Moslow, A86, a partner at Goldman Sachs and a member of the advisory committee of the Tufts Financial Network. This daylong workshop is designed to educate students on various finance career options and help them better prepare for the job interview process.

This year’s event opened with a welcome dinner on Sept. 16 in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall that was addressed by President Anthony Monaco, A&S Dean Joanne Berger-Sweeney, and Trustee Chairman James Stern, E72, A07P. A full day of programming followed on Sept. 17 at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center.

With break-out groups and networking sessions, the Wall Street Crash Course offered students real-world, practical advice as well as personal connections with successful Tufts alumni in financial service careers.

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